REVIEW: James Calvert Spence College performed its Christmas Revue on Thursday, December 11, and Friday, December 12, at its South Avenue site.
Amble’s James Calvert Spence College once again invited parents and the community to join them in a celebration of talent at the annual Christmas Revue.
Students from across the federation – Year 9 through to Year 13 – took part in the event, by either performing, providing backstage support or assisting on the evenings with refreshments and technical backup.
The Christmas Revue is an exciting event for all involved.
Due to the constraints of timetabling and exams, it is achieved in a very short amount of time, with rehearsals only beginning in late November.
However, the enthusiasm and commitment carries the cast through and the productions are always polished and enjoyable.
Act One was opened by the narrators for the evening, Year 8 students Maddy Summers and Dylan Douglas.
They confidently carried the performances through with humour and good pace, introducing the acts to the audience.
The Year 7, 8 and 9 Jazz Girls set the scene for the evening with a wonderful performance to Rose Rouge St Germain, which was later followed by the Tick Tock Boys dancing group who competently showed that they could dance just as well, if not better, than their female peers.
Year 5 poets recited their own verses about Christmas, while Kiera Martin held the audience silent as she read out her poem, What Does Christmas Mean To Me?
Other performances were received well by audiences on both nights, including group singers, pianists and dancers demonstrating a variety of interests and skills.
The first act was rounded off in fantastic style by Molly Smith, Year 7, who sang the power ballad, In Heaven.
Not a sound could be heard in the hall, except the beautiful tones of her young voice and the roof was raised by cheers as the final note faded away.
Act Two opened with a confident solo performance by Brenan Addison, of Year 8, and was later joined by the choir singing Little Me.
An array of performers continued the evening, displaying a wide variety of vocal and dancing talents from students in all year groups.
From tap dancing to contemporary, improvisations to instrumental pieces, all of the students overcame their nerves and entertained the audience to the best of their ability.
The evening was wound up with a six-minute version of Jack and the Beanstalk, adapted and performed by high-school students.
It was a humorous interpretation of the classic fairy tale with the giant, Jack and even the cow competing for the limelight and the loudest laugh.
The audience loved it and gave a well- deserved round of applause to the cast.
English teacher and show director, Claire Percy, said: “The students have worked so hard to put on a good show in record time – and we achieved it.”
Music teacher Mrs Duffy added: “Approximately 200 families and friends came to support us over the two evenings and had a thoroughly enjoyable time and were impressed by the scope of talent on show and the eagerness of all those involved to just have a go.”