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A musical show to remember: Disco Inferno

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 immense involvement as members of the cast, tech and backstage crews, set designer, costumes, props, hair and makeup teams, and as musicians in the live band helped to bring this immense 70s Disco Show to life.

Heathcliffe and Lady Marmalade

This 70s-Disco-era inspired musical retelling of the classic German legend of Faust focused on the story of a disco club worker 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.

Jane singing 'I will survive' by Gloria Gaynor
At the cinema, Disco Inferno

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; his girlfriend character Jane, played by Yesu, who 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 need to be honorably mentioned as with Tim and Paula, as Heathcliffe and Kathy who demonstrated how things can terribly go wrong with the choices we make.

'Hot Stuff' minions of Lady Marmalade, Disco Inferno

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, 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 decade of the 70s. Throughout the performance audiences were enthusiastic to sing along and move with cast to the party music.

Vittorio as Jack, Disco Inferno

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.

Music Director, Mr. Michiel De Beer

Mr. De Beer came to ISH with an extensive background in musical theatre, professionally, 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 ever never failing ISH community audience for the support. 

Jack Vittorio
Jane Yesu
Tom Hermion
Maggie Lara
Heathcliffe Tim
Kathy Paula
Terry Drew
Duke (Devil)  Meredith
Lady Marmalade Aurelie
Nick Diablo Jade
Lily (Barmaid) Charlie
Agnetha Laya
Anni-frid Mia
Benny Tommaso
Björn Oliver
Compare & Photographer Rose
Girl in Cinema Shiru
The Priest Gianluca
Lady M.’s Minion Heewon
Lady M.’s Minion & News reporter Elena
Dick Clarke Eidar
Television Announcer Yann
Company Kelly
Company Olivia
Company Søren
Company Lien
Radio Presenter Voice Over Dr. Howard De Leeuw
Production Staff  
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
Choreography Elisha Menon
Props/Costumes/Sets Njoki Gülzow
Costume Assistant Mia
Tech Crew & Backstage

Kathryn Freeburn

Set Design, Construction & Decoration Robin
  Dr. Howard De Leeuw
Hair & Make Susan Cover
The Band  
Conductor Chris Graham
Keyboard 1 Michiel de Beer
Keyboard 2 Thore Vogt
Saxophone 1 Jan Bostelmann
Saxophone 2 Lorenz Schönle
Trumpet Peter Boekels
Trombone Cornelius Hussing
Baritone Horn Hyeongbeen
Bass Guitar Martin Främke
Guitar Sebastian Nagel
Drums Micha Meinheit
Musical Show Posters Jackie van der Steege
  Michael Sweerts
  Grade 7 Students