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‘OLIVIA!’ gets a great review from students and staff alike.

On Wednesday 22nd March and Thursday 23rd March, the senior school production of ‘OLIVIA!’ was performed at the Haverhill Arts Centre. Staff, Grace Mitchell (choreographer) and Adrian Marple (director), said they were immensely proud of the pupils’ professional attitude and hard work during the rehearsals and performances. Ellie C (Year 7), a new pupil this year, said “it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed my solo and it was a great experience to perform in a proper theatre”.

The audience were treated to many comic moments, including Mr Moss wearing a dress, Fagin and the Artful Dodger dancing together and standout performances from Olivia (Year 10) and Thomas (Year 7), playing two characters each.

After their hard work, our tech team, Harvey and Thomas were asked by Haverhill Arts Centre to work for Centre Stage on future productions. Congratulations to them both! Details of future productions can be found on the website: https://www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk/.

Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies

The Prep School Production of ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’ was a great success. The children were stars – they performed all their lines wonderfully and the audience laughed in all the right places! We would like to extend a big thank you to all the Prep staff for their hard work and to all those who volunteered to help with costumes/props etc. It’s always so rewarding to see the result of such dedication.

‘OLIVIA!’ cast of 2008.

With the senior production of ‘OLIVIA!’ just around the corner, our current Year 7 were eager to find out what the people are now doing that played their characters back in Stoke’s production of 2008! One of Thomas’ characters (‘Dicken’), is now studying International Relations at York University, and his other character (‘The Judge’) is an actor!

It’s interesting to note that many of our main roles this year are played by Year 7s  and Year 8s; back then they were all Year 10 or Year 11 – a very encouraging sign!

Attached is as comprehensive a list as we could produce of the full cast and where they are now, 9 years later. We encourage you to fill in any blanks by getting in touch with a.marple@stokecollege.co.uk.

Olivia Cast 2008

Head’s Blog

Saturday 11th March

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Head’s Blog

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Science Facelift

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PTA Christmas Bazaar

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