Aladdin: A Magic Carpet Ride We Will Never Forget
Over the last few years Bodmin College has proved that it really knows how to put on Musical productions; with top shows such as High School Musical, Sweeney Todd, Little Shops Of Horrors, Avenue Q and The Lion King being staged.
This year the College have triumphed and once again stormed ahead into a professional league that would rival any west end show with the latest production of the hit Broadway and West End musical, Disney’s Aladdin Jnr.
Throughout the rehearsal process the students were very lucky to be able to work with arts practitioners including Charlotte Richards an Eastern Dance Specialist and West End Performer Kurt Kansley.
The entire production has been tied to curriculum and the students course and study pathways requirements with costumes being designed and made by textiles students and of course the performers in the show all coming from the Music, Drama and Dance Courses. Many other departments have also run schemes of work and projects based around the shows themes and story lines.
The college were also delighted that two of its feeder primary schools, St Mary’s and Cardinham also became involved with the production creating a vocal chorus of over 70 voices and enhancing the music departments transition work.
Head of Music, Benji Vincent, who led the project said, ‘Once again, I am just so totally overwhelmed by the whole experience. The outcomes of the project have been leagues away from what I initially imagined and the learning experiences for our students have set this project apart from any other that I have ever been involved in. The primaries, cast, creative team and crew have produced something of such high quality and really amazed our audiences. I am so, so proud of the show and my amazing colleagues and students. Thank you to all those that came to see it’.
The show initially sold out its 1250 seats within 5 days of tickets going on sale and so extra an extra performance was added to the schedule. The show rivalled the standard and professionalism of any show you would see at theatres nationwide.
If you missed the production, do look at the Facebook page for various pictures from the production. Also watch out for future musical productions at the college as they have certainly put the creative arts faculty onto the map as the place to be for any student wanting to pursue the Creative and Performing Arts.