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Notre Dame students stage engaging Norwich musical

A jazz bar recently appeared in Notre Dame High School’s Sports Hall, complete with dancers and chorus singers, all accompanied by a live 15-piece big band lay chaplain reports Alex Savage.


The colourful scenes were conjured up by Y13 students Owen Whiteside-Ward and James O’Donnell.  Together they wrote, composed and directed White Socks an original, full-blown musical set in 1960s New York.  Students from all year groups performed, played and worked backstage to bring the story to life. 

Pupils from St Augustine, St Francis of Assisi and St Mary and St Peter’s primaries were transfixed by the first performance.  They found themselves in the middle of the action as dancers weaved between their tables and rival gangs fought for their territory.

Samantha Orciel, Head of English, was full of praise for such an ambitious production: “It is an incredible achievement, not just for the students, but in itself,” she said.  For Chris Ellis, Director of Music, performing arts opportunities like this are invaluable for “developing students’ inner confidence and a sense of what they can achieve”.

It has certainly inspired many students to get involved in future performances, either on, or backstage.  The uplifting climax of the final song summed up the experience perfectly “it’s the best way to feel so good”.

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