Ogstoun Theatre provided an ideal setting for the School’s long awaited production of the favourite musical Les Misérables in the final week of November. Audiences totalling 1200 people were privileged to see a spectacular show, made possible and brought to life through a partnership of the Drama and Music departments.
The story line of Les Misérables, an enticing mixture of the tragic, the heroic and the emotional, makes the show both absorbing and ambitious for young actors, while the sheer requirements of the script and the score make it simultaneously demanding and rewarding for the cast, regardless of their experience. Gordonstoun students rose to every challenge with confidence, style and aplomb.
On a highly atmospheric set the choreography and the performing of the ensemble pieces was constantly energetic and impressive - the singing was at once beautifully warm and eerily chilling. All those who took to the stage made their mark individually, creating an overall impression that was addictively enveloping and uplifting for the audience.
The success of the production relied also on the skill and commitment of all those - almost 30 -to add to the cast of 70 - who could not be seen on stage. The band containing both students and staff was of remarkably high calibre and complemented the actors perfectly. The technical direction and crew added a great deal to the success of the production; the back stage team worked tirelessly and always to good effect, ensuring a smoothly seamless quality to the show.
Les Misérables was a sensational Gordonstoun event; a dramatic triumph for all concerned and an unrepeatable treat for the most appreciative of audiences who felt involved in the production and showed their delight with wholehearted standing ovations. Many commented that this production was of professional standard - or even better!