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Marshland High School

Dark delights at Marshland show

The world’s most famous Gothic family paid a successful visit to Marshland High School, when we staged our annual musical.

The Addams Family Musical took place over three consecutive evening performances, with Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch, Uncle Fester et al all putting in an appearance at our school, which is a member of the West Norfolk Academies Trust.

The 32 students taking part in the show were drawn from every year group and involved in all aspects of the production, on and off stage.

“Besides the cast members, we had pupils involved in making and painting props and set, back stage, lighting and projections,” said Head of Drama, Jayne Dix, who directed the show. “We also had one involved with creating the green screen film.

“They loved every minute of it. The atmosphere in the green room pre- and post-show was lovely to be part of, with everyone helping one another with makeup and costume, and clearing up.

“They did themselves and the school so proud.”

Staff members supporting the production included music director Kevin Bell, dance teacher Katie Howard, prop and set designer Holly Welsh, Ester Forest, who was responsible for costumes, and Jasmine Moore. Volunteers Shaun Jones and Jack Calvert provided lighting and technical support.

“There were some challenges that the cast covered amazingly well,” continued Mrs Dix. “One highlight was when a technical issue was covered by the cast with Lerch taking a mic on the stage. Another was the laughter from the audience on the opening night and how the cast responded to this.

“The cast did an outstanding job and really enjoyed it.”

Marshland puts on a musical every academic year, with the last, We Will Rock You, having taken place in March.

“Productions show the ethos of the school and all the school values,” added Mrs Dix. “It is such a memorable thing for the pupils to be part of and something that they treasure.

“The Year 10 are disappointed they can’t be in another show.”