A Rydal Penrhos Dramatic Society production
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Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson. Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence... and special powers! She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joy. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Roald Dahl
Welcome to the Rydal Penrhos Memorial Hall The opportunity to perform for you this evening and to tonight’s performance of Matilda the reminds us how deeply live performances have Musical Jr. with music and lyrics by Tim been missed over the past eighteen months. Minchin, performed by the Rydal Penrhos Dramatic Society. We are proud to see both longtime Rydal Penrhos pupils and new entrants to the school Tonight marks another chapter in the rich and getting involved and thoroughly enjoying the vibrant history of dramatic performance over the process of bringing a script and sheet music to past 140 years at Rydal Penrhos School, made life, all the while making new friends and all the more special considering that Matilda the memories along the way. Musical Jr. marks the first major production since Les Misérables in 2019. A big thank you to all of those involved both on stage and behind the scenes, Mr Lavin, Arthur The school values drama in its curricular and Hind, Mrs Freeman, Mrs Richardson and Mrs extra-curricular provision not only for its Davies. And thanks to the parents who have been academic worth but because it enables pupils to on duty dropping off and picking up their explore their creativity, try something new, gain children. confidence and work closely in a team. This production is a true reflection of our Pupils have the opportunity to learn lessons about togetherness as a school community. themselves that cannot be taught in a classroom, helping them flourish in life after school. We hope your evening will be an enjoyable and memorable one. The enthusiasm with which Mr Williams (Music), Mr Sherrington (Art), Mr Harmsworth Best wishes, and Mr Bonser (Design Technology) and our pupils have embraced this production is truly Rachel Jones inspiring. Head of Drama Mrs Rachel Jones Mr Pete Williams
The Company MATILDA – Tilly Trueman and Violet Roberts LAVENDER – Isla Williams-Anderson and Rana Abou-Samra AMANDA – Emily Nurse and Emily Jones ALICE – April Williams and Lucy Ranales-Griffiths HORTENSIA – Safa Maqsood and Tillie Bennett BRUCE – Finlay Perry NIGEL – Oakley Calvert TOMMY – Charlie Sutton ERIC – Rafael Commissaris BIG KID ONE – Perry Williams BIG KID TWO – Phoebe Wood MISS HONEY – Bella Rutherford MS TRUNCHBALL – Tristan Martin MR WORMWOOD – Gregor Perry and Saul Sugarman MRS WORMWOOD – Darcie Harker-Weston MICHAEL – Noah Lewis and Gabriel Speakman MS PHLEPS – Jasmin Lewis RUDOLPHO – Gregor Perry and Saul Sugarman ACROBAT – Fayeth Jones ESCAPOLOGIST – David Tate SERGI – Perry Williams and Jack Yelland COOK – Jack Yelland and Perry Williams MECHANIC – Clarence Chasteau ENSEMBLE Abigail Oliver-Eastwood Carys Evans Emily Nurse Violet Roberts Rana Abou-Samra Emily Jones Lucy Ranales-Griffiths Safa Maqsood Tilly Trueman Isla Williams-Anderson April Williams Tillie Bennett Nestor Pento Jasmin Lewis Gabriel Speakman Noah Lewis TECH TEAM Arthur Hind Ellise Wallace Jacob Wilkinson William McLaughlin Josh Williams Aaron Sherrington
Musical Numbers ACT ONE ACT TWO Miracle When I Grow Up Naughty Acrobat Story III Acrobat Story I Acrobat Story IV School Song The Smell Of Rebellion The Hammer Quiet The Chokey Chant Revolting Children This Little Girl Acrobat Story II Bruce
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Violet Roberts Tilly Violet Roberts will be playing the all-important role of Trueman Matilda, which is a testament to her exceptional prowess on stage and great love for all things related to the performing Tilly – or Matilda – will be arts. She played the role of Mary Poppins with aplomb and playing her namesake in the was also cast as Mrs Chivers in the incredible Bombs and production and the Year 8 Blackberries. She has been a member of the Pauline Quirke pupil has been a key part of Performing Arts Academy is also currently with the almost every annual play, show Quirky Kidz Agency. or production since joining the Rydal Penrhos community. She is the proud owner of a Distinction in LAMDA for an exceptional Grade 1 devised piece and was inspired to get involved because she loves musical theatre. “Performing is such an amazing experience and it’s something I think everyone should try, at least once.” Gregor Perry Saul Gregor Perry will be playing Sugarman the part of Mr Wormwood in his first production since Year 12 pupil Saul will be playing joining the school. He plans the roles of Rudolpho and Mr to pursue a career in Wormwood. He brings a wealth Engineering at university and of experience to the roles and aspires to work for companies studied Drama at GCSE level. such as NASA, Boston Dynamics or those involved He has also achieved in nuclear fusion research. examination success within the school’s Speech and Drama “Acting has always been a provision during LAMDA hobby to me, and having assessments. many friends who are aspir- ing actors, I know how much Not only this, but Saul has also effort and dedication it takes gained notoriety acting in a to become a full -time actor.” number of indie television shows as well as appearing in Save the Alongside acting, Gregor also Cinema, a production from Sky participates in martial arts, Film. plays hockey for the school team, writes, and creates 3D models in his free time.
Darcie Harker-Weston Darcie Harker-Weston is playing the role of Mrs Wormwood and has accomplished a significant amount in a Performing Arts environment during her time at Rydal Penrhos. The Year 12 pupil is currently studying Drama at A Level after gaining an outstanding 8 mark from her GCSE in the same subject. Darcie recently secured the prestigious Gold Medal Award and is now working on doing her teachers degree alongside her A Level studies. Bella Rutherford Bella Rutherford is taking on the role of Miss Honey and has performed in all Prep shows as well as RPS Showstoppers and Les Miserables, also taking the lead in Annie the Musical. She is studying A-level Business, Economics and Politics and recently completed her LAMDA Gold Medal after years of hard work. “I’ve always loved taking part in school productions and seeing the shows come together and getting to know other pupils in the school you might not otherwise meet. The rehearsals can be long and tiring but seeing everybody work together to put on an amazing show is worth it.” Jasmin Lewis Jasmin Lewis will play Ms Phleps and has previous production experience in Annie the Musical and various Speech & Drama shows. She is studying Chemistry, Maths, English and Biology at A Level as well as working towards her Extended Project Qualification. The Year 12 pupil decided to join the cast to enhance her performing experience and is in the process of attaining her Gold Medal Award from LAMDA. Jasmin is aiming to either pursue a career in the entertainment industry or in the scientific field. Tristan Martin Tristan Martin will be taking on the role of Agatha Trunchball and has enjoyed a wealth of Performing Arts achievements during his time at Rydal Penrhos. The Year 12 pupil is currently taking A Level Drama and taken on roles such as the Narrator in The Twins (Year 7) and The Rat King in The Rats (Year 8). Tristan has also earned first-place honours in an Eisteddfod monologue competition, has Distinctions in both his LAMDA Bronze and Silver awards and is current- ly working towards the prestigious Gold Medal accolade – the highest assessment offered.
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Christmas is always a magical time in school and this year is no exception... Here is a little Christmas taster of what we have in store for our children and young people this Yuletide... On Monday 13 December we start our Nativity play for the children and parents of Pre-School to Year 2. This is a traditional tale told with a very modern twist! And families are very welcome to book into this in the Prep Hall at 14:00 but remember ONLY two tickets per family please. ------- Then on Tuesday 14 December we invite all Prep children from Pre-School to Year 6 to come to school dressed in Christmas jumpers (instead of school jumpers). They will celebrate with a marvellous Christmas dinner including the traditional singing in of the pudding! This is being done to raise funds for Save the Children. On Tuesday 14 December the senior pupils (Year 7-13) will be singing their way through the day as the annual House singing competition takes to the stage in the Memorial Hall. (Normal uniform) -------- It is the turn of the senior pupils (Year 7-13) to take to school in their Christmas jumpers on Wednesday 15 December. Raising money for Save the Children they will be treated to a wonderful Christmas Dinner. In the afternoon of the same day we have one of the Christmas highlights as “The Christmas Extravaganza” kicks off in the Prep. All Prep children who will have come to school dressed as something beginning with the letter J will be entertained by the pupils in Year 12 and 13 who will tell the traditional nativity story in the forest. The pupils will also meet the FORPS elves , attend a mini Christmas market led by business studies pupils in Years 10 and 11 and meet Father Christmas himself! This cross school initiative is done to raise funds for local charities. --------- Parents are invited in once more on Thursday 16 December to accompany pupils in Years 5-13 and staff to the traditional Carol Service in aid of the RNLI. This takes place in St Johns Church at 19:00 and tickets must be booked online. And the last day of term is Friday 17 December – a wonderful way for pupils and staff from Pre-school all the way through to Year 13 to celebrate is a final Christmas Chapel – a celebration service of Christmas led by our school chaplain and featuring a lion, a witch and a wardrobe!
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