In February 2014, Rooks Heath School produced Les Miserables. It was the biggest production the School had put on in many years.
In February 2014, Rooks Heath School produced Les Miserables. It was the biggest production the School had put on in many years. More than 45 students took part in the show – more than the cast of the West End version – and they needed more than 100 different costumes, all of which were made in the School, with the help of Ms Hargrave and Ms Bennett. The props were also built by staff members, Mr Sharp and Mr Pitchforth. It could not have been possible without the many volunteers who gave up their valuable time to bring to life the troubles of post-revolutionary France over three nights in a row.
This is what Miss Daly, the director, and Ms Bennett, costume designer, had to say:
“Directing Les Miserables was one of the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. The talent and dedication of the students was astounding and even though we had some difficulties – role changes and missed rehearsals – the performance came together beautifully. I am so grateful for the work of the creative team (music, set, lighting, sound and costume) as well as all the helpers on the night. This was truly a whole school, collaborative production. I truly believe these are the experiences that the students will remember for a lifetime; the friendships they make, the buzz of being on stage and the feeling of immense achievement of the final piece. Learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom at school; discipline, organisation and team work, as well as performing skills were learnt and developed across all age ranges, cultures and personalities at Rooks Heath.” Miss Daly.
“I am so glad I had the opportunity to help in a small way with some of the costumes for Les Mis. Some of my students in my Textiles classes helped my technicians and I produce garments for the prisoners, the poor and made waistcoats for individual characters. It was so nice to give students from year 7 right up to year 12 the opportunity to be involved. I had hoped to do more, but it was challenging balancing my normal work load and fitting in the extra time needed to help, but this wouldn’t put me off helping with a big school production again. So many students said thank you to me that it made it all worthwhile, and seeing the production made me very proud of our students and the team effort to get to the end result.” Miss Bennett.