Learners at Emrys ap Iwan, joined by Ysgol Maes Owen and Ysgol Sant Elfod, have just completed their performance of Honk! at the Rhyl Pavilion theatre.
The production was a resounding success, running from Wednesday to Friday and gaining fantastic responses from the audience each night.
Preparations for this summer’s musical production began with casting last autumn term, and rehearsals started in January. Based on the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Ugly Duckling,’ this fantastic musical tells the story of Ugly on his quest for acceptance from the characters he meets on his journey. Just like Ugly’s transformation from ‘aesthetically challenged’ duckling to stunningly beautiful swan, the production team took the show from its tentative early days to the professional flourish seen on the stage at Rhyl.
Sadie Wagstaff, Year 8, played the lead character of Ugly and said. ‘My favourite scene in the whole production is the transformation! I really enjoyed this production and I love how I got to work alongside students from Year 7 to Year 12!’
Musical Director, Miss Laura Kestell, and Directors Miss Nia Stalker and Mr Kevin Jones can be justifiably proud of the high standards reached. There were excellent performances from all the lead characters, with some individual numbers like ‘Different’ moving the audience to tears, whilst others like ‘Warts and All’ created great hilarity.
Mr Cummins, Headteacher, is full of admiration for the cast and production team. “Watching the learners perform, produce sets, learn lines and all the other activities they have been involved in, has been fantastic and I know they have learnt a huge amount. The collaboration with the primary schools has been a real feature of this performance and reinforces the school’s commitment to be part of the community. It really is a great opportunity for learners across the area to join together and do something really special.’