A Christmas Feast at Dunluce


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At the start of December Dunluce celebrated the Christmas season with a festival of dance, drama and song.

In a break from tradition the we chose not to put on an established musical as our annual school show, but instead performed an original show written by members of the cast and inspired by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

Keith Cassidy, explained “Our play, ‘Christmas Past and Present’, saw us perform scenes from the original ‘Christmas Carol’ and our very own modern take where I played George Scrooge - an ancestor of Ebeneezer Scrooge.”

The show incorporated dance, from very traditional Irish dancing and ballet to contemporary dance.  This was choreographed by  Mrs McElwee-Muldoon, and she was pleased with the audience reaction, “It was great listening to the ‘ahhs’ from the audience as Louise [Gault] did her ballet moves change to gasps as the girls did their acrobatics in the contemporary routine.”

The dance, along with songs performed by a variety of soloists and the school choir, lead the audience through the ages as we moved seamlessly from the Victorian London habitat of the original Scrooge, played with suitable malevolence by Luke Taylor, to a modern world of consumerism and greed.  This time Scrooge’s great great great grand nephew, George, was played by Keith Cassidy,

 

"For the past two or three years now, I've been involved with the Christmas shows here at Dunluce behind the scenes, but for the first time and the last - I took a character on stage.

“There's one thing I love about our shows we do here at Dunluce every year, and that's the bonds and friendships that are created in rehearsals, and of course the good old school spirit and enthusiasm about our school which is shown by everyone involved. It was a pleasure to work with so many pup

ils (and members of staff!) on my last show at Dunluce and it's something that I'll never ever forget through the rest of my life."

 

Many pupils and teachers were involved in many different roles from the stage team to the makeup.  M Campbell, who designed the stage lighting, described the importance of this collaboration, “The thing that has never changed in the Dunluce productions is the close cooperation between the pupils and staff involved in the show.  We rely on each other and have to trust one another completely.  This year was no different.  As a staff we put our faith in our pupils, and once again they delivered.”

 

Year 12 pupil, Luke Taylor agreed, “The good thing about a school show is that it allows us to show what we are capable of achieving when given the opportunity.  The teachers support and belief in us gave us the belief in ourselves”

Mr Lutton, was pleased with how his pupils performed, “I enjoyed seeing pupils have the opportunity to perform in public and seeing pupils grow in confidence.  My lasting memory will be of a girl singing 2 solos who only a few months ago was too scared to sing in front of 5 people in my room.”
And director, Mrs Moore, was similarly proud of her actors, describing the production as “a fresh delight to be  involved with from start to finish - the themes that Charles Dickens presented to us are still so relevant in today's world.  I feel that drama, music and dance were highly appropriate ways to show these themes and issues in their classic and original form with a modern twist too.  I couldn't be happier with the outcome.  We received amazing feedback from our audiences and an unforgettable experience for all the pupils and teachers involved with the show"

The show was seen by a large crowd; the hall was filled three times over with two matinee performances for local primary schools, and an evening performance for family and friends.  They all went home not only thoroughly entertained, but with a thought provoking message about how we celebrate this special season.  We can all learn something from the Scrooges – Ebeneezer and George.

 

Cast:


Ebenezer Scrooge – Luke Taylor
Jacob Marley – Dillon Lynch
Bob Cratchit – Liam Wallace
Mrs Cratchit – Casey-Leigh Leighton
Elizabeth Cratchit – Jill Carmichael
Peter Cratchit – William McFarland
Tiny Tim – Timothy Parke
Belle – Charly Waddell
Spirit One – Gemma Speers
Spirit Two – Kaitlyn Robertson
Spirit Three – Mrs L Moore
Scrooge’s Neice – Shania Platt
The Gentlemen – Alexs Watton, Joshua Hetherington
Street Children – Chloe Campbell, Faith Chestnutt, Katie Culbert, Ellie Hill, Dylan Johnston, Jasmine McMath, Molly Parke, Shania Platt

George Harold Ebenezer Scrooge – Keith Cass

idy
PA Susan Bergan – Charly Waddell
Jacob Marley – Dillon Lynch
Spirit One – Gemma Speers
Spirit Two – Kaitlyn Robertson
Spirit Three – Mrs L Moore
Jessica Bergan – Rebecca Moore
Rosealind Bergan – Nicole Laven

 

DANCERS:
Katie Culbert, Amy Douglas, Ellie-Mae Freeman, Louise Gault, Mya Glenn, Ellie Hill, Hollie Keys, Pippa McCullagh, Milli McKay, Charlotte McMullan, Caitlin McVicker, Ellie-Mae Mawhinney, Cherie Moorehead, Kaitlin Myers, Rhianna Napier, Katie Parke, Molly Parke, Naomi Parke, Millie-Ann Saul,
Laila Shinner, Holly Smiley.


CHOIR:
Ellie-Mae Black, Faith Chestnutt, Zoe Waite-Colhoun,
Katie Culbert, Amy Douglas, Leah Elliott, Ellie-Mae Freeman, Louise Gault, Erin Greer, Ellie Hill, Rebecca Jones, Hollie Keys, Sammie-Leigh McAuley, Pippa McCullagh, Sarah-Michelle McDonnell, Milli McKay, Charlotte McMullan, Ellie-Mae Mawhinney, Billie-Jo Mitchell, Cherie Moorehead, Tegan Mumford, Rhianna Napier, Talia O’Halloran, Caitlin Paine, Danielle Parke, Molly Parke, Naomi Parke, Laila Shinner, Holly Smiley, Charly Waddell.

 

SOLOISTS (in order of appearance):
Cherie Moorehead, Erin Greer, Leah Elliott, Danielle Parke,
Charly Waddell, Ellie-Mae Freeman, Billie-Jo Mitchell

Narrator – Mrs E McIlveen