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FHS perform Singin' in the Rain in the West End

On Sunday 10th February, our girls transported over 700 theatre-goers back to the roaring ‘20s with a dazzling performance of Singin’ in the Rain at the prestigious Shaftesbury Theatre.
12 Feb 2019
School News
FHS perform Singing' in the Rain at London's Shaftesbury Theatre
FHS perform Singing' in the Rain at London's Shaftesbury Theatre

Following last year’s successful performance of The Snow Queen, FHS fearlessly took to the West End stage once again with an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza – aiming even higher this time!

Adapted from the iconic 1952 film, Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of Hollywood’s biggest silent movie star, Don Lockwood, who falls in love with Kathy Selden, a chorus girl who is trying to make it big in the world of ‘talking pictures’. Their romance is complicated by Lockwood’s leading lady, Lina Lamont, whose unflattering vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in the ‘talkies’.

Hit numbers from the show include “Fit as a Fiddle”, “Good Mornin’” and “Singin’ in the Rain”. All music was performed by our own incredible band, comprised of students, staff and musical professionals. 

As the house lights went down and the stage curtains rose, the excited chatter of the 700+ strong audience dampened as they eagerly awaited what was to be a performance of a lifetime by our girls - with many attendees remarking they felt as if they’d just seen a real West End show!

Over sixty pupils were involved, from the drama cast to the musical band and backstage assistance. The months of hard work by all the girls culminated in a fantastic spectacle and visual feast of costumes, props, lighting and sound effects (including a glitter ‘rain’ drop). All hands were on deck throughout the days’ technical and dress rehearsals in preparation for the one off performance on this famous stage. 

A night we’re sure will go down in history as an evening full of joy, showing how our School community – though only relatively small – can produce such great things when we set about bringing our imaginative vision to life!

"The quality of the acting, singing, dancing, music and costumes all added up to a West End smash hit. It was a show full of brio and panache, funny and touching in equal measure" said our Headmistress. 

This great drama and musical feat is a prime example of our School mantra in action: ‘Doing it scared’.

Singin' in the Rain at The Shaftesbury Theatre

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