week, Oundle School’s Director of Music, Quentin Thomas made his stage musical
debut at Oundle with Kiss
Me Kate, while for Ali Boag, the show about putting on a show was
his final production at Oundle after eight years as Director of The Stahl
Theatre in Oundle.
the 50th anniversary year, Cole Porter's songbook remains a favourite for
theatre goers, who were not disappointed by the calibre of the talented cast of
pupil performers on stage, or the accompanying orchestra that played live from
Boyle's (15) opening solo ‘Another Op'nin, Another Show’ set the standard for
what was to be an immensely entertaining evening.
Monteith (17) was a stunning Lilli Vanessi, and packed a punch as the feisty
shrew of Shakespeare's Katherine, shifting gracefully from romantic melodies to
the spitting fury of ‘I Hate Men’. Harry Hickey (17), her vexing leading man, was
very smooth in a number of accomplished solos.
supporting role, Kirsty Ross-Stewart (17) was the glamorous nightclub singer
Lois Lane, fielding numerous Tom, Dick and Harrys, including fellow supporting
player Ali Mason (16), a seductive, gambling cad, whose relationship is summed
up in the equivocal, ‘True To You in My Fashion’.
Cobb (15) opened the second act with the famous finger-snapping jazz show tune,
‘It's too Darn Hot’, leading a fine ensemble choreographed by Molly-May Keston
Beazley (16) and Ed Ashton-Johnson (17) played the gangster characters sent to
collect an I.O.U., and found themselves doing time as Shakespearean extras,
stealing a few scenes as the comedic duo.
Manger, Ali Dean's set of large folding panels neatly delineated the off and
onstage scenes, and Wardrobe Manger, Jo Henderson displayed her versatility,
outfitting actors for both the 1940s and Elizabethan period with exacting
detail and creativity.
Boag commented, “Above everything, of
course, Kiss Me Kate is fun – as much fun as I have had with this and with
every company I have directed at Oundle. This production is for all of them
with my admiration and my endless thanks.”
added, “Kiss me Kate is absorbing on so
many levels: plays within plays; the pacing and offsetting of emotions as
sincerity is followed by the seemingly banal; the sheer demands made on the
actors and musicians – it is a complex beast to stage! It has been a joy
working with this wonderful cast, band and production team.”
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Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English
market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings,
dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town,
which is, to a large extent, its campus.
School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the
Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded
the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876,
the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School,
primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for
pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two
schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton
for the day House.
the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading
English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who
established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering
schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and
ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories.
Phase two of the SciTec vision is now underway, with enhanced Design Technology
facilities and a new purpose-built Mathematics Department planned to link the
STEM subjects both physically and philosophically. A concurrent Sports
Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few
years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion in 2015.
are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 865 boarders and
250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior
School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11.