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St Benedict's Production: High Society

The latest St Benedict’s theatrical triumph - Cole Porter’s 1956 romantic musical comedy High Society– brought brilliant glitz and glamour to the school stage on three cold February evenings this term.

St Benedict's  drama production High Society
Journalists Liz (Alice Gedye) and Mike (Louis Clow), and socialites Tracy (Zoe Rutherford) and Dexter (Finley Carty-Howe)

Glorious songs such as Who wants to be a millionaire? True Love, What a swell party this is and You’re sensational are familiar to many; now we know the characters and context, thanks to a super-talented cast who acted, sang and danced with remarkable musicality and style – all played out with perfect New England accents, impeccable comic timing and gorgeous costumes.

St Benedict's  drama production High Society

The action centred on a quartet of socialites and prowling journalists: C. K. Dexter Haven (Finley Carty-Howe/Bing Crosby), Tracy Samantha Lord (Zoe Rutherford/Grace Kelly), Mike Connor (Louis Clow/Frank Sinatra) and Liz Imbrie (Alice Gedye), with a happy ending for all except loyal but dull George Kittredge (Harry Lobkowski).

St Benedict's  drama production High Society

The band, made up of St Benedict’s music teachers and students, was also superb, and more than a match for Louis Armstrong et al from the original film.

St Benedict's  drama production High Society
'Spy Magazine' makes a plan of attack

Congratulations to the entire cast, and to everyone involved.

Directed and produced by Katie Ravenscroft

Musical Director: Christopher Eastwood

Keyboard: Josef Janik

Trumpet: Ian Lynch

Woodwind: Hannah Riches, Jody Sapsard, Jack Edis (U6)

Bass: Paul Michael

Percussion played entirely by sixth form students: Luke Fitzmaurice, Jack Fitzmaurice, Radford Pilgrim, Duncan Ashby

Stage management: Caitlin MacGregor (U5), Henry Rust (L5), Natalia McFadzean (L5), Sophia Sandelson (L5)

Directed and produced by Katie Ravenscroft

 

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