Dream of a production for students

STUDENTS have wowed the crowds by putting on a production to raise money in memory of a tragic former pupil.

A total of 39 pupils at Hyde Community College trod the boards and even put the boards in place in a performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

And there was a great reason for Key Stage 3 children doing the show on Tuesday, July 2.

For proceeds will be donated to The Stroke Association on behalf of former student Ben Littlewood, who sadly died earlier this year at the age of 17.

His step-sister Eve helped with the production and a number of his friends and family were in the audience.

Before the event there was an exhibition of Year 10 pupils’ artwork after they studied illustrations and poems that have been previously produced as inspiration for their coursework.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an original adaptation and contained a lot of the original transcript.

Students, who were all from Year 7 to Year 9, worked on the performance for more than two months – 35 in the spotlight and another four who were involved in the staging and behind the scenes operation.

The play was directed with the assistance of 13-year-old Scarlett Jones while music was performed by Year 10 pupil Nadine Bailey.

Everything down to the stage management and costumes was led by the students with the support of staff.

The role of Bottom was played by Charlotte Hursthouse while Oberon and Titania were played by Year 8 students Aimee Saxon and Mia Gritt.

Many of the costumes were purchased from Bernardo’s in Denton while LED lights were donated by Linton’s of Cheshire.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the first production to be performed by the Hyde Shakespeare Company, a new extra-curricular group set up to encourage children to enjoy exploring and performing Shakespeare’s works.

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