‘Guys and Dolls’ – good enough for Broadway!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in News | No Comments

If ever a show was made for a whole school production at saltash.net, then this was it! The musical, ‘Guys and Dolls’ by Frank Loesser, seemed ‘tailor made’ to showcase the incredible range of talent that now exists across all year groups at the school.

Playing to full houses for four nights from Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th December, all who attended agreed that it was the best production the school had ever staged, with the professional quality of the acting, singing and dancing simply outstanding.

For three Year 13 students, now in their last year at saltash.net, this show was to be their final one but, in a moving speech of thanks at the end of the show on the Friday evening, they acknowledged how much they had learnt over the last five years, since first performing in the 2009 production of ‘Grease’. They paid tribute to Head of Drama, and director of ‘Guys and Dolls’, Jo Loyn, as well as to Head of Music and Musical Director, Viv Haighton, stating that their commitment to the annual performances had given them so many opportunities and had helped shape them as young people.

Year 13 student, Jamie Pullan, seemed born to play one of the lead roles, Nicely Nicely Johnson. The maturity of his voice, coupled with his excellent comic timing entertained his audience superbly. Jamie’s fellow Year 13 students, Ollie Gilford and Megan Day also delivered well judged portrayals of the Salvation Army’s Arvide Abernathy and General Cartwright.

Excelling in the other principal roles were Laura Kelly as Sarah Brown, Joe Day as Sky Masterson, JJ Harding as Nathan Detroit, Joe Lang as Benny Southstreet and Lowenna Rule, whose delivery of Adelaide could easily have graced a West End or Broadway stage, such was the maturity of her performance.

There were also many first class cameo roles throughout the production, including Alex Tucker as Rusty Charlie and Richard Tolman as Big Jule, as well as an enthusiastic and polished chorus.

Headteacher, Isobel Bryce, praised everyone involved in ‘Guys and Dolls’ for giving the community of Saltash such brilliant entertainment. “A show like this is not just the product of 3 or 4 months of rehearsals during the Autumn Term; it is the result of a ‘company’ of actors working together over a number of years and making the most of the staff expertise which exists at our school. I could not be more proud of this team of students and staff.”