The end of the Autumn Term saw The John Lyon School stage the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls at the Ryan Theatre. It was a climactic and spectacular finish to what was a collaborative effort between the Drama and Music Departments.
The musical, based on short stories by Damon Runyon and later adapted to music by lyricist Frank Loesser, is set in early twentieth century America, against a background of gambling and gangsters. It depicts the gambling network that was hidden from the police and authorities of New York and the missionary movement battling to spread the good word. Guys and Dolls is well known in the world of performing arts for being a musical of colour and eccentricity - with animated characters, witty dialogue, and catchy musical numbers, the production is meant to depict a cheerful side to the world of corruptness and scandal that was present in 1920s America. Central to the storyline is a building love story between a gambler and a missionary worker and the seemingly never ending engagement between a showgirl and her gambling beau.
Over the course of its three night run, the musical was well received by staff, pupils, families and members of the school community, making for one of the best attended musicals in the School’s history. This was a real show of approval for all the students involved who had all spent so many hours rehearsing since the beginning of September. The group of boys and girls involved in the production worked tirelessly with choreographers, singing instructors and our directors, to produce a performance of the highest level.
Participating in the musical was an enthralling experience, and one that I revelled in. The cast were all driven to produce a comedic and exciting performance, and we worked collectively to make every scene as interesting and vibrant as possible. This being my first experience of a musical at John Lyon, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge that a show of this nature brings, requiring all the actors to push themselves in acting, singing and dancing. On behalf of all the students involved I would like to thank the Drama and Music Departments for making the experience possible.
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