Coram Boy – Pip & Jims Church, February 3rd-4th 2017
After such success with previous Stage Right productions such as ‘100’ & ‘The Tempest, ‘Coram Boy’ had a lot to live up to. The challenges were massive. None more so than the intricate, dark story with a number of complex characters. This being said, casting was a great experience; it is always a pleasure to have so many incredible actors to pick from – perhaps this was the biggest challenge of
Six months of rehearsing at least two nights a week, the show lived up to all expectations and I am delighted to say that all the hard work of the cast and crew paid off. Both nights provided us with a good audience of parents, friends and teachers who seemed to really enjoy the show and the aesthetic experience that the church setting provided.
As much as I would love to name all of the cast, stand out performances have to be Roma Nardoni of Year 8, who’s portrayal of young orphan boy Aaron was outstanding. Roma’s acting ability is clear for all to see, but this was only made more impressive by her singing, which has developed throughout the process. Emma Johnson of Year 9 was excellent as the mysterious house keeper Mrs Lynch and Ollie Clark (Year 11) was an outstanding Sir William Ashbrook, combining incredible stage presence and subtle characterisation where required with ease.
I am delighted to lead Stage Right and Coram Boy has without a doubt been one of my most enjoyable theatrical experiences to date. It is a show that combines the talent of all year groups with a number of principal roles for Year 8 students and Year 13 alike. Stage Right has always been all inclusive and continues to maintain a family environment. I am immensely proud of this and long may it continue.
Mr Richard Vale