Show week is always one of the busiest and most exciting weeks in Performing Arts at Accrington Academy! It brings together students from music, drama and dance as well as those who want to work backstage on lighting and sound, to put on a full scale musical production, which this year was “The Sound of Music”.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein show tells the story of Maria, a novice nun who is appointed as governess to seven children by their strict, cold father. After first winning the children’s hearts with music, she does the same with the Captain, melting his heart after many years alone. No sooner do they get their happy ending though than the Nazis invade Austria and Captain Von Trapp is ordered to take up a post with the Third Reich. Determined not to fight on the side of the Nazis in World War 2, Captain Von Trapp and his family make a daring escape, ably helped by Maria’s old friends at the convent.
The musical showcased our students’ acting, singing and dancing abilities as they brought to life this much-loved classic. Although often it is our older students taking on the lead roles, this was a lovely opportunity for some of our younger and very talented students to step up as the smaller members of the Von Trapp family! They did so beautifully!
Auditions were held early in September and students then rehearsed for a minimum of four hours each week to ensure they were word, step and pitch-perfect. Professional props and costumes were needed to complement such stellar performers and these were hired from Proscenium in Rochdale, Hebden Bridge and Pendle Hippodrome Theatre in Colne. The cast performed three times to packed audiences on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th November including a performance to local primary schools. Judging by the audiences’ reactions, all their hard work paid off! The verdict from every audience was that the performances were fantastic!