Following the success of last year's production of "The Pinafore Pirates", Dover Court staged a performance of "The Wind in the Willows" on Thursday, 12th. June and Friday, 13th. June 2003.
"The Wind in the Willows" - the enduring tale of the eccentric, but lovable, Mr. Toad, whose antics ensure that his neighbours and caring friends, Rat, Mole and Badger find little of the peace and tranquility they deserve; whose exploits and capers take them far beyond the safe confines of their homes along the Riverbank and into the Wild Wood, inhabited by Stoats and Weasels, before the law courts and finally to arms! To be sure, there is scarcely time for the impromptu picnic that Rat's been looking forward to! Would that life were as simple as going about our everyday business and at Christmas time welcoming a few carol-singing Field Mice into our homes.
Encircled by a chorus of clamouring riverside creatures, the scenes are set by Granddad Badger, who, along with the rest of the animal characters, sings! But the musical story telling does not end there! In this production, there are whole troupes of chorusing riverbank dwellers, of happy, dabbling Ducks and wassailing Field Mice, singing for their supper - not to mention once more the wicked Stoats and Weasels. Some of the animals dance, too!
Both performances were well attended by appreciative audiences. Thursday's performance was a great success, but Friday night's was possibly better still! Mrs C. Alliott together with her VIP guests were in attendance and there was a full house.
At the end of the concert, Dr Maureen Roach paid tribute firstly to the school students' rich resource of talent and secondly to the magnificent level of cooperation that had benefited the entire production from outset to completion. During her speech, shouts and cheers were extended not only in honour of Mr Toad (student Brian Fay), the Drama Coordinators (Miss Anna Strawson and Ms Patricia Brown) and the year group leaders, but also in recognition of those who designed and built the sets (Mr. Paul Brown and his team) and indeed of all the members of staff and students who had worked behind the scenes. The generous and unhurried applause spoke eloquently of the enjoyment and delight experienced by all.
The production has been video-taped by a professional company. VCDs priced at each will be available shortly. Please place your order with the school, if you have not already done so!
Here are some photographs from the production.
All hands on and great educational fun at the Discovery Centre. Our topic was Colour and Light and the children were able to follow up on some of the experiments carried out in class which included work on the spectrum and how different light colours change what we see.
The group experienced optical illusions and an area to study phosphorescence and shadows. Unfortunately the photographs don't show these activities as using flash negated the experiments, most of which were done in a dark environment.
The opportunities for field work in a hi-tech city like Singapore are many and varied. This narrowing of the gap between the classroom and the real world is an essential part of the learning process.
Our thanks to Steve Brown for his contributions to this page.
BEHIND THE SCENES by Kathryn Hollis Director of Music (Production Team)
"Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" was originally written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. On 17th and 18th June 1999, Dover Court Preparatory School staged its own adapted version of the infectious musical "Joseph". It was an adventurous performance for a school, in which many of the children speak English only as a second language; and the interest and enthusiasm clearly emphasised the determination and effort everyone put into the performance. As they took on their new and challenging roles, the children added their own vitality to the performance, entertaining all with exciting and rich songs, taken from a variety of interesting musical styles. The glamorous nature of "Potiphar's Song", the upbeat style of "Song of the King" and the Western tempo of "One More Angel in Heaven" gave rise to the opportunity for the children to choreograph their own performance. Most of these children had never previously taken part in a production on such scale a and, through rehearsals, they extended their knowledge of stage work and developed good control of diction, phrasing and dynamics.
The enthusiasm of the cast shines through in the following photographs.
Written by Miss Kathryn Hollis Director of Music (Production Team), Miss Emma Collins and Miss Michele Hutchinson.
After the success of "Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat" last year, Dover Court put on another exciting performance this term called "Summer Nights". Based around the idea of a "Cabaret" theme, the audience were taken on a journey through the Broadway hit musicals of "Cats", "Annie", "Oliver" and the rock 'n roll musical "Grease".
The year three students danced and sang songs from one of the world's best loved musicals, based on Old Possum's book of Practical Cats by poet T. S. Eliot. It is, of course, "Cats". The students worked very hard and their ability to sing the popular "Jellicle Cats", "Macavity" and "Memory" with so much expression and enthusiasm reflected their interest in these poems.
"It's A Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow" were just two of the songs which the year four students sang, demonstrating a dramatic flair and a determination to learn about life in an orphanage. Scenes from Lionel Bart's "Oliver" opened the second half as the year five and Senior students raised not only their bowls to the pompous Mr. Bumble...but also the audiences enjoyment of the show, as they adopted the certain characteristics needed and a good expressive flair for this musical. Their interest was charming and their imagination very realistic.
The Year six students provided an exciting and rich performance of scenes from "Grease", emphasising an expansiveness of pop and infectious songs, including "Summer Nights" and "We Go Together
And finally...to the land of "Riverdance". A unique and breathtaking performance was provided for all as Junior and Senior students took the audience through story of the life of the river...and its journey towards the sea. Some spectacular dancing!!
I would like to thank Emma Collins and Michele Hutchinson for their time and effort put into writing the script and to the staff of Dover Court for their input into making the show a success.