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2nd July to 6th July 2012

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Deutsche Bank Playing Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, an Arts Review by Charlotte Coole by King's Secondary School

  ‘Romeo and Juliet' is one of Shakespeare's best and most loved plays. There have been films and books based around the true love which is shared between Romeo and Juliet. The emotive language used throughout makes it a wonderful expression of the ideas of loyalty... (read more...)

SCE Arts Award Success by The SCE Arts Projects Team

Windsor and King's Secondary Schools had a 100% success in the SCE Arts Awards Moderation on June 8th 2013. Corrie Lunghi, Arts Awards Moderator from Arts Council England moderated the files of the young people.52 students were successful, all gained Shakespeare Challenge... (read more...)

Wicked, An Arts Review By Charlotte Coole by King's Secondary School

Wicked is a truly amazing show and it tells the story of before Dorothy came to Oz; when 'Glinda, The Good Witch' and 'The Wicked Witch of the West' were simply Galinda and Elphaba, two students at Shiz University. The two are enemies at first, making the fact... (read more...)

Much Ado About Nothing, An Arts Review By Charlotte Coole by King's Secondary School

Much Ado About Nothing tells a story of love, deception, pain and wit. The performance begins with a scene from a battle, in which a criminal is captured; then, we are taken to the house of Leonato, a wealthy man and brother to sinister Don John. Don... (read more...)

Jersey Boys, An Arts Review by Charlotte Coole by King's Secondary School

Oh What A Night! The beginning number to this dream of a show and the perfect way to sum up the night I spent watching this musical. Jersey Boys is based on the rise to fame of the world famous group The Four Seasons; it tells the story... (read more...)

The Beauty and the Beast, An Arts Review by Yolanda Melton

: Monday, 15th November 2010

A scene from the play

A scene from the play

Long ago I was told that “CATS”, the little theatres well-worn nickname, stood for Community Amateur Theatrics Society and this play, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, truly aspires to support the “A” in the moniker.

Possibly the worst mistakes in directory are in the casting. Including young children in these kinds of plays is a nice idea in theory, but in practice, when the children themselves are generally aged 3-10 for one example, and their only purpose seems to be to smile and look cute, then the carefully thought out dance routines, well-versed script and professional sounding music numbers, well indeed the whole play start to fall apart at the seams.

Throughout the evening, though, I tried my best to ignore the (it must be said) pointless appearances of the kiddie cast and found myself enjoying the play immensely. The adult cast are always recognizable constants and their acting, dancing and singing all live up to the highest standards. Going back, slightly, on what I said before there was actually one child in particular who seemed important and well…good. Cast in the part of Chip her smiling and cuteness coupled with the altogether accurate recollection of lines provided perhaps the best character.

On to the play itself, I have mentioned above that the script is “well-versed” and indeed it is! The whole storyline from beginning to end is packed with action, it carries a subtle undertone of tasteful humour, mixed with splashes here and there of quiet romance, danger and pulsating angst.

I will now address the characters voices. It seems to me that for any theatrical performance spontaneity and much variety are needed to create a believable and enjoyable spectrum. The adult cast, teenage extra’s and that one small girl I mentioned before, do this and take it to the absolute extremes but all in all, what I found delighted me the most were the costumes.

Inventive, imaginative, superb, these are just a few of the words that popped into my head as I thought of the review I would write later, in particular, one could only expect a teacup/pot, grandfather clock, candlestick, wardrobe on legs to look comical but these did not, they were neither big and bulky nor slim and unbelievable, the size, colours and materials were perfect.

I don’t want to make this an ultimately negative review so I will say that it was a good play, good music, good costumes and (some) good performers. I enjoyed myself enough to call it, truthfully, a fun night out.

By Yolanda Melton
Year 8 Student, Windsor Secondary School

The CATS website

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