Southport College Performing Arts students shine in recent shows
Performing Arts students demonstrated their talents in two recent productions, performed in Southport College’s purpose built theatre.
Directed by Jamie Scott, students from the brand new HND Performing Arts (Acting) course performed The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, in Chekhov’s native Russia, this classic play explores themes of identity and the effects of social change.
Audiences were captivated by the story of impoverished landowner Lyuba Ranevskaya. Lyuba and her family must choose to either sell off their land or raze their cherry orchard in order to pay Lyuba's mortgage. Her ultimate decision to sell the property destroys the dreams of her family members, who are then consigned to lives of servitude and regret.
Director Jamie Scott said “The new validated HND course has already established itself as great ensemble of actors (all of whom are past ones). They delivered a solid rehearsal and performance of the Cherry Orchard by Chekhov; a classic play that was very advanced for their years at this stage, working till 9pm on and off their normal working hours; they all contributed productively to the overall vision of the piece like acting professionals – The sold out performances for the two nights brought this home to all of us – very proud!”
In a change of tone, the BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts students presented Zombie Prom – The Musical, directed by Wendy Weldon. This girl loves ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy but family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart.
Performed to packed audiences, with humour, a zombie and the help of a selection of original songs in the style of the 50s, the action rocked across the stage.
Director Wendy Weldon said “The cast have worked hard to master the demanding score and fast moving storyline, bringing their own creative ideas in to the rehearsal space. It was a fun show and an ideal way to for audiences to start their Christmas celebrations.”
Many congratulations to all the staff and students involved in these very successful productions!
For more information on the Performing Arts courses offered at Southport College visit www.southport.ac.uk