Withington holds its first Cabaret evening

Withington embraced the glitz and glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood in its first Cabaret evening featuring the iconic songs, dances and film scenes from this period. With a cast, dancers, orchestra and crew of over 80, pupils from every year in the Senior School took part in the grand spectacle produced by Head of Drama, Mrs Berry.

Step Back in Time offered the live audience a jam-packed show of drama and musical performances including memorable scenes from Hollywood classics such as The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. The evening featured the specially convened group, the Hollywood Harmonies, an ensemble that produced many fantastic contributions including Broadway Baby from Follies and Don’t Rain on My Parade amongst others. 19 dancers, choreographed by Miss Munro, Music Administrator, performed several showstopping routines including 42nd Street and Anything Goes.

The show was a demonstration of inter-departmental collaboration and a fantastic opportunity for pupils across year groups to learn from one another, share their skills, and passion for the performing arts. Mrs Berry said: “All those involved enjoyed delving into the archives and using their imagination and creativity to recreate these iconic moments from the past and we felt so fortunate to work with our talented students and staff to present our first cabaret evening. Step Back in Time enabled everyone involved to develop so many life skills- commitment, time management, confidence, and self-esteem, not to mention the creation of memories that will last forever.”

The Arts Centre was transformed into a Cabaret-style venue with hazy smoke and small candle-lit tables, fairy lights and lanterns which glowed throughout evening, creating an authentic atmosphere.