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Xaverian Guys and Dolls shine in sold-out performances

Drama and Theatre students gambled with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway in their recent production of ‘Guys and Dolls’.

A romantic comedy that debuted in 1950, ‘Guys and Dolls’ earned the Tony Award for Best Musical, with a later film adaptation starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Set in New York City and Havana, Cuba, the plot follows unlikely companions, who include a high-rolling gambler, a missionary, a con man and a showgirl.

In preparation for the show, students watched the musical live at the Bridge Theatre, which was followed by an opportunity to meet the cast, discuss the different roles and gain advice from West End actors.    

Michael Mitchell, Curriculum Leader for Drama and Theatre, said: “I’m blown away by the response we’ve had from visitors to the show! We’ve had so much fun bringing it to life and, although rehearsals only started in January, everyone involved has poured so much love and dedication into making it an enjoyable performance. We’ve had lots of support from the Music and Art departments, former Xaverian students, and many others – it was an enormous team effort, one I’m very proud of!

“The College is full of talented individuals, who perform to the highest professional standards, even when undertaking a challenging production such as this. We place a lot of importance on ensuring there are many opportunities for students to take to the stage as, not only does it improve their subject and industry knowledge, it helps them build confidence, develop soft skills and forge life-long friendships.”

Charlotte Freeman, A Level Drama and Theatre, English Literature and Mathematics student, who played Adelaide, one of the leading roles, said: “Guys and Dolls was absolutely fabulous! From the warmth of the cast and teachers to the professionalism of performing with a band, this has been an incredible experience, one that I’ll never forget.”

Keano Robinson, who played Arvide, older, wiser leader of the Salvation Army in Times Square, added: “I’ve had the time of my life performing in our production of Guys and Dolls! It has definitely been the most memorable and rewarding part of my College experience.”

Scarlett Reid, former Loreto Grammar School pupil, who played Nicely-Nicely Johnson, said: “Guys and Dolls was an exciting, moving, and joyful experience and I am so glad to have taken part in the making of it. I have met and become friends with so many talented and inspiring people. The teachers and students were so encouraging and supportive with one another, and as a result, I have grown in confidence significantly, and really been able to flourish outside of my comfort zone.”

Xaverian staff and students, parents and the local community we’re welcomed into the College’s impressive theatre for three sold-out performances. Year 10 drama pupils from Manchester Enterprise Academy (MEA) were also invited to gain an insight into the production and performance of a major show at Xaverian College. Commenting on their experience, MEA pupils said: “We enjoyed every minute, it’s one of the best performances we’ve ever seen! Everyone in the cast was brilliant and the way the audience was immersed within the set was so unique. The live orchestra was also a big plus.”

Drama and Theatre students at Xaverian College become performers, directors and designers, exploring how the great theatre makers approach drama, and how varied and unique the creation of theatre can be. As one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the region, Xaverian College offers exciting opportunities to over 2800 students. To find out more, visit Xaverian.ac.uk – Discover Your Future!

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