The 2015 School Musical has played before large and appreciative audiences this week. Well done to Mr Schoeman and the entire cast and support crew. An outstanding effort! Please see below a report on the musical by Mr Schoeman.
ALL SHOOK UP
Glenwood High School staged its annual school production ALL SHOOK UP in March 2015. The show ran for 5 days and played to high acclaim.
The cast and crew of almost 60 pupils from Glenwood, as well as neighbouring girls’ schools, sang and danced their way to stardom after more than 5 months of rehearsal.
The school production was the first of its kind at Glenwood, with phenomenal singing talent and electrifying dance choreography.
The clever book by Joe DiPietro (Tony award-winning “Memphis”, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”) featured 24 Presley classic hit songs including “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Burning Love”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “It’s Now or Never”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Hound Dog”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, and “Fools Rush In”. The songs are unforgettable; the dancing was incredible! This well-tuned hot-rod musical had everyone jumpin’ out of their blue suede shoes!
ALL SHOOK UP, loosely based on William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, tells the story of a guitar playing roustabout, Chad, who rides into a struggling Midwest town and changes it forever with the power of love and rock-and-roll. Dubbed the best new musical since GREASE, it is safe to say that the cast and crew were able to bring a new energy to the Glenwood stage and performed outstandingly.
Directed by Mr I Schoeman, Head of Culture at Glenwood, ALL SHOOK UP also featured the expertise of Mr M Peters as Musical Director, Miss H Hounsom as Vocal Director and Mrs F Barnes-Snyder as Choreographer.
We introduced many new boys to the stage, both as performers and as crew. Thomas Oosthuizen (Form VI) played the lead role and was supported on stage by Wandile Dlamini (Form V), Rae Du Plooy (Form IV), Daniel Thomas (Form VI), Bryant Isaacs (Form VI). There were a number of boys who were cast as ensemble singers and dancers. Together with the leads, they all performed outstandingly on stage. We are to watch these boys’ careers very closely over the next few years.
I am immensely grateful to the girls who auditioned and were cast in the production. I would like to thank Danville Girls’ High School, Maris Stella, Durban Girls’ College, Westville Girls’ High School, Durban Girls’ High School and Crawford La Lucia for sharing their talented young ladies with us. It has been a pleasure working with them all.
The backstage crew were managed and directed by a Form V boy, Jayme Forget. His outstanding attention to detail and commitment throughout has been phenomenal.
The production was a huge success, a triumph for Culture at the School. It (culture) is alive and well here and will continue to thrive for many years to come.
A production such as this would not be possible without the generous support of the patrons who attended the show; Mr Kershaw, the Governing Body and Staff of the School. It is the leadership and foresight which will see Culture grow here at the School.
I would like to thank sponsors and donors for the play. In particular, Black Coffee for sound and lighting; East Coast Motorcycles for the loan of the Thruxton motorcycle; Sky Blazer Technologies, in particular Mr Maskell, for the Pyrotechnics. We also thank Cheers Hiring for their support every year in the loan of props.
We look forward to presenting a more comprehensive cultural programme next year and welcome all Old Boys, Parents, Staff and Pupils to attend these productions.
It has been a pleasure directing the show and I look forward to a new cast treading the boards next year.
Mr I. Schoeman
Director: All Shook Up