“We became a family!” were the words heard from the cast on the closing night of this year’s musical, Disco Inferno. The production on a whole was once again a huge success and nothing demonstrated this more than the students enjoyment expressed throughout the production. Again, their involvement as members of the cast, tech and backstage crews, set, costume and prop designers, hair and makeup teams, and as musicians in the live band, helped to bring this immense 70s Disco Show to life.
This 70s-Disco-era inspired musical is a retelling of the classic German legend of Faust. It focuses on the story of a disco club worker named Jack (played by Vittorio), who has dreams of becoming a singing superstar. After selling his soul to the Devil, Jack’s dreams of fame are quickly realized, but he soon discovers that fame and popularity comes at a price when he begins to lose everything that he holds dear.
There were many individual performances that exemplified the talents of our Performing Arts students: Vittorio’s interpretation of Jack convinced us of the sincerity of the character, while his fictional girlfriend Jane, played by Yesu, stunned audiences with her rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s, ‘I Will Survive’. The convincing performances of Meredith as Club Owner ‘Duke’ and ‘the Devil’, Aurelie as Lady Marmalade, and Jade as Nick Diablo, are worth an honorable mention, as with Tim and Paula, as Heathcliffe and Kathy, who demonstrated how there can be terrible consequences for the choices we make.
The most praiseworthy aspects of this production were the collective performances of the supporting cast with their romantic, shocking, traumatic, funny and soul-searching moments, which held the performance together as a whole. The acting, directed by the new Theatre Arts teacher Mr. Rui Da Cunha and Ms. Jenifer Roberge, and the dance moves choreographed by Ms. Elisha Menon, were superbly on point. The audience was taken back to the era of disco clubs, retro cinemas, bell-bottomed flares and the flamboyance of that defining the decade of the 70s. Throughout the performance, audiences were enthusiastic to sing along and move with the cast to the party music.
ISH has a long tradition of musical performances, this is largely due to the efforts of music teacher, Mr. Michiel de Beer who began at ISH in 2002 and helped to put on a musical in every year of his service to the school.
Mr. De Beer came to ISH with an extensive professional background in musical theatre, with amateur theatre companies and in his previous schools. Sadly, Mr. De Beer will be retiring at the end of this school year. We wish him joy and happiness in his new life direction.
Special thanks must go to the Tech and Backstage Crew, Set Design and Costumes Team, Hair and Make-up, Tanzania Project, Grade 7 students for poster designs, parents who helped adjust costumes, the Band and its guest members and the never-failing ISH community audience for the support.
|Compare & Photographer||Rose|
|Girl in Cinema||Shiru|
|Lady M.’s Minion||Heewon|
|Lady M.’s Minion & News reporter||Elena|
|Radio Presenter Voice Over||Dr. Howard De Leeuw|
|Producer, Stage and Musical Direction||Chris Graham|
|Vocal and Musical Direction||Michiel de Beer|
|Stage Direction/Tech Crew||Rui Da Cunha|
|Stage Manager||Jennifer Roberge-Renaud|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Ella|
|Tech Crew & Backstage||
|Set Design, Construction & Decoration||Robin|
|Dr. Howard De Leeuw|
|Hair & Make||Susan Cover|
|Keyboard 1||Michiel de Beer|
|Keyboard 2||Thore Vogt|
|Saxophone 1||Jan Bostelmann|
|Saxophone 2||Lorenz Schönle|
|Bass Guitar||Martin Främke|
|Musical Show Posters||Jackie van der Steege|
|Grade 7 Students|