Year 4 production of Pompeii – The Rain of Fire

On 22 and 23 January, Year 4 at St George’s Junior School, Weybridge performed ‘Pompeii – The Rain of Fire’ by Katherine Brookes. The performance was led by the Year 4 Drama Club but every pupil in the year group took part.

The musical explored the final days of Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79 AD by the eruption of the volcano, Vesuvius, as seen through the eyes of contemporary tourists and architects. The production was directed by Curriculum Leader of Drama, David Lawson Lean supported by Mrs Emily Stather and Mrs Carol Holmes. Musical Direction was by Mr Al Hodgson and Miss Lindsay Marns. Mrs Sara O’Connell created the incredible set and art work.

Here are some of the cast’s own reviews of the production:

Jamal:

“We all looked so authentic in our costumes - we really could have come straight from Pompeii”

Martha:

“The Giant song was definitely the best as it came alive with Mrs O'Connell's amazing puppets which we made dance over the builders during the song.”

James Gatt:

“I think the audience liked the show because I could hear people laughing and could see people smiling, they also clapped loudly, especially after the songs.”

Lucy Wratten:

“In January 2015 Year 4 put on an incredible production called 'Pompeii: Rain of Fire'. I loved being in the play because it was fun playing the part of an archaeologist.”

Shrey:

“I learnt about what Pompeii was like when Mount Vesuvius erupted and what happened to brave Pliny when he perished that day. I thought putting on the show was a brilliant idea because it made us share our knowledge that we learnt in class and also seemed to interest the parents.'

The cast achieved a very high standard. Head of Year 4, Mrs Emily Stather commented that:

 “The whole Year 4 team were proud of the children. They worked diligently during all of the rehearsals and during their own time to produce an outstanding performance.”
David Lawson Lean
Curriculum Leader of Drama
28 January 2015

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