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Richard Challoner Alumni & Friends

THEN AND NOW

It will be 175 years ago this coming Wednesday that 'A Christmas Carol' was first published, and Charles Dickens' influence on Christmas festivities, including family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games, and a festive generosity of spirit is well documented. And no surprise that an adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol', where the treatment of the poor is a key theme alongside the ability of a selfish man to redeem himself by transforming into a more sympathetic character, is a popular choice for the drama students at Richard Challoner.

The recent 2018 school production of a 'A Christmas Carol', recently held in the school's drama studio, and directed by Neil Zoladkiewicz and assisted by Year 13 Callum James, was exceptional. The black and white photos below show the full cast and Robert Boi, a Year 13 student, playing the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

The 2008 school production of the same play, although having a different cast and in a difference decade, enjoyed a similar sized audience, packed to the rafters, all enjoying a performance just as outstanding. The colour photos from 2008 below show Shaun McSherry as Fezziwig with Jonathan Toloui and Anthony Brady; Chris Bhamra as Bob Cratchit and Liam Harris as Tiny Tim; and Joe Hudson as Scrooge and Matthew Willson as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

The school is very lucky to have such wonderful students and staff that give up so much of their time to put on such exceptional productions. Many of you will have stories of your time in school plays, and the skills and confidence that will have helped you upon leaving school.

Miss Willson has just finished showing ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat’ at school, and there’s ‘The Crucible’ coming to the school studio during the second week of February, 2019.

So if you haven’t seen a production at school recently, get yourself a ticket. See our website for details: www.challonerandfriends.com
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