Singin' In The Rain
The Performing Arts Faculty at Smithills School have been working extremely hard with the pupils in putting together 3 exciting nights of performances of the hit musical, 'Singing' In The Rain'.
The play ran from Monday 18th November right through until Wednesday 20th November.
Based on the 1952 movie of the same name, Singin’ In The Rain JR. takes place in Hollywood during the last days of the silent movie era. The story follows Don Lockwood, one half of the blockbuster celebrity silent movie star “couple” Lockwood and Lamont, and the extreme measures taken when his co-star’s high-pitched and nasal voice threatens the duo’s successful transition into talking pictures.
Singin’ In The Rain JR. is adapted from the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film - named the #1 best movie musical of all time by the American Film Institute - by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. The show features a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.
“Through their production these students are learning about the golden age of musicals, a very important period in America’s cultural history. And while they are performing songs and a story that we know and love, they are also exploring some significant ideas including the different sides of celebrity, the importance of adapting to change, the various ways society categorizes success and the realities behind pursuing one’s dreams,” says Cohen.
In silent movies and in the tabloids, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are the perfect couple, but behind the scenes Lockwood has no feeling for his vapid co-star. Meanwhile, Lamont's squeaky voice might be the end of the duo’s career in "talking pictures" without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.
Mr Milthorpe (Head of Performing Arts at Smithills) said, "This is one of my favourite films of all time and to be given the opportunity to performing this with the pupils at Smithills is a dream come true".
Jaime Ball (Year 11 Pupil) who plays one of the leading ladies in the play stated, "This is my final show performing at Smithills School and I’m sad that it's coming to an end. I've had 5 fun years performing with these amazing staff and pupils, who I am honoured to call family."
Kieran Dwyer (Year 11 Pupil) who plays one of the leading males said, "Thank you to all the performing arts teachers at Smithills. Performing on stage has given me a sense of belief in my own ability that I can act in front of large audiences, with confidence and pride."