House Plays 2016

The theme for this year’s House Plays was Fairy Tales, and our Main Hall was packed with parents and students alike wanting to see what magical productions our students had created. RPHS House Plays are a long-running tradition started in 1936, and 2016’s cohort certainly didn’t disappoint.

The evening opened with Milton’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As the wickedly funny Evil Queen, Jasmine took the Best Female Villain award, with her insolent mirror (Chanelle) winning Best Comedy Performer. Snow White’s post-poisoning dream sequence was an original addition, as was the characterisation of each of the Seven Dwarfs (Sharkisha, Danisha, Tanisha, Larkisha, Vanisha, Letisha and Jenny). Best received line of the show;

Evil Queen: “Tell me; where can I find Snow White?”

Mirror: “… Since when have I been Google Maps?”

The next House Play’s inspiration was Cinderella, renamed by Halliwells as Cindy Ella. The slick performance and original staging meant that Jack, Sasha, Laura-Grace and Andrea were awarded Best Directing Team. King Charming and Prince Charming instantly won us over with their witty banter, with Jack and Lewis taking home Best Double Act. One of the highlights of the show was Prince Charming asking Cindy Ella (Eliza) to dance, which prompted an audible ‘awww!’ from the audience.

After the interval, Newsoms tackled Rumpelstiltskin. As the smallest cast of the night, they more than made up for this with their infectious energy! Best Male Villain went to Blessing, who gave a scene-stealing performance as the tricksy Rumpelstiltskin, managing to hold the entire audience’s attention during his menacing monologues. Matthew played Miller and was awarded Best Lead Actor for his intelligent performance. The Miller’s Daugher (Jo) received a special mention for his heartfelt scenes. Oscar played a pampered, puerile King, and deservedly won Best Newcomer for his explosive tantrums. Somehow - despite all of the King’s flaws - the audience still liked him!

Finally, it was Gibbs turn to perform Somewhere Only We Know. A fight in detention leads to Taylor (Keira) and Ashley (Alex) unintentionally ripping their storybooks and the pages from two stories get mixed together. Gibbs was the only house to use more than one fairytale for inspiration; Hansel & Gretel and The Wizard of Oz and their originality won them Best Script.

When Taylor and Ashley suddenly find themselves inside a magical forest, they run into Dorothy, Scarecrow, Hansel and Gretel who try to help them find their way home, all whilst being pursued by a cackling Witch (Katarina). Later in the play Taylor and Ashley discover that the Witch is lonely and decide to hold a fairytale gameshow, Take Me Out, hosted by Paddy (Charlie). His spot-on Bolton accent and charismatic performance won him Best Supporting Actor. The directing team, Jemima, Tianna and Joanna doubled up as trees and produced some hilarious moments. “Even the trees are funny at @officialRPHS. Quality entertainment.” tweeted one parent. The award for Best Lead Actress went to Keira for her natural performance as Taylor, and finally, the House Play Award went to Gibbs!

More photos of the evening can be found here;

A huge ‘thank you’ to all staff involved in the evening, and to parents and carers for their support this year.

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