“The performances were absolutely superb and showcased such high quality theatre. It was particularly delightful to see some of our Year 7 students performing alongside our sixth form students.” Cheltenham Bournside School buzzed with excitement as final preparations were made for the annual production, which took place over four nights in January. The school hall was the venue for this year’s show, the acclaimed West End musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Parents, siblings and friends from the community, including the Mayor, were among hundreds of supporters who attended the show. Lucky Year 5 pupils from St James Primary School came along to an afternoon dress rehearsal and enjoyed watching the young stars polish their performances ready for the main events.
A cast of over 70 performers took part in this enduringly popular tale of a poor Jewish community in pre-revolutionary Russia. The story centres around Tevye, the father of five daughters, who attempts to maintain his religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives.
Year 12 student, Ned, shone in the leading role. “Taking part in Fiddler on the Roof has been such an incredible opportunity for me to gain confidence in performing and has allowed me to meet people I would otherwise not have met”.
Actors, singers, dancers and musicians from across all age groups showcased their talents and delighted the audience. A stage crew of over 30 staff and students supported the cast, while Bournside’s Young Enterprise group offered refreshments.
Karen Heppleston who led the Production Team said “Students and staff worked extremely hard to produce an unforgettable rendition of Fiddler on the Roof – from cast to crew, they all put an amazing amount of time in.”
Head Teacher, Gareth Burton, added, “Particular thanks must go to our highly committed group of staff who led this year’s production and in doing so, created palpable excitement throughout the school during last week”.