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Wellacre's Christmas Production

Posted at 10:23 am on 5th December, 2017

Wellacre's Christmas Production - Oliver!

Each year, our school production marks the start of the festive season at Wellacre!

For three consecutive nights, students delivered an outstanding performance of Oliver.

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Miss Spencer, Leader of Creative Technologies, and Miss O’Neill, Leader of Humanities, produced and directed the show with auditions in the summer term and rehearsals starting in as soon as we returned in September!

All students involved in the show, both onstage and behind the scenes, committed a lot of time and effort to creating an entertaining and memorable production.

We were delighted that several Year 7s arrived at Wellacre in September keen to join in our musical community and took on roles as paupers and Fagin's boys. As part of our transition programme to engage our students in secondary life, all of our Year 7 sang in the choir on at least one of the three evening performances.

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Everyone from our theatre group have been making friendships across different year groups, as well as gaining performance and technical skills, increasing their confidence and, most importantly, having fun!

Oliver was last performed here at Wellacre eight years ago, and former student Joe Meighan who played Fagin has since graduated from drama school in London and heads up his own youth theatre company, Meighan Youth Theatre.  We hope our budding actors are inspired by his achievements!

Thanks to local primary children who enjoyed our dress rehearsal and to those winning family tickets to the live shows.

We’d also like to thank Sale Nomads who kindly provided props and scenery.

The quality of the production of Oliver is testament to the teamwork, commitment and determination of Wellacre students and staff.