Annual College Production
The College stages a major production each year, alternating between a musical and a play. The Music, Drama and Dance departments work closely together to produce stunning performances. All pupils are encouraged to perform in the major production, making the finished product a great example of our unique St Joseph’s College ethos of encouraging pupils to develop as well-rounded young people.
Our musical productions give pupils the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a professional theatre, whilst drama productions take place in a variety of venues. For students who are more interested in being behind the scenes than on stage, the production also offers a wide range of responsibilities in areas such as lighting, sound, backstage and front of house.
Previous productions include:
February 2010 – All Shook Up
February 2011 – Beauty and the Beast
February 2012 – Guys and Dolls
February 2013 – Pendragon
February 2014 – The Crucible
February 2015 - Oliver!
February 2016 - South Pacific
Heady romance at the Officers’ Club duly met a suicidal mission behind enemy lines when St Joseph’s College staged three sell-out performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1940s musical “South Pacific” at Jerwood Dance House.
The show was an immediate sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 1949, with its mix of enchantment and inter-racial tension. That magic and uncertainty was conjured again by the St Joseph’s College cast of 70 students, plus technical and backstage teams and of course the band.
Leading role of Emile de Becque was fittingly taken by the College’s Head Boy, Nathaniel Abery (U6), who made a fine job of it; looking dashing in tropical attire and singing “Some Enchanted Evening” most movingly. His sweetheart, Ensign Nellie Forbush, was played outstandingly well by Charley Hewitt (Year 11), who commanded the stage throughout.
Charley sang and danced like a trouper and shone even when she “played straight man” to Josaia Wacokecoke (L6), the College’s 1st XV Prop, who brought the house down hula dancing in clam shell bikini top and grass skirt.
Another inspired piece of casting was James Battye (U6) as Bloody Mary. James gave a confident, hilarious performance to the delight of the audience. This was a particularly successful example of a male actor taking on a female actor’s role. Last year’s College production of “Oliver!” featured Aimee Butcher, brilliant as Jack Dawkins, the Artful Dodger.
“South Pacific” is a great ensemble piece and the various chorus groups – sailors, nurses and Polynesian girls – delivered the show stopping numbers with verve and gusto: “There Is Nothing Like a Dame”, "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" and “Happy Talk”, among others.
Congratulations all round for giving such wholehearted performances and letting so many have a wonderful evening out at the theatre.