Wycherley International School
The dramatic production of “The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White” was presented by the Students of Wycherley International School, to a packed audience at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on the 10th and 11th March 2018. It was directed by Jerome. L. De Silva. “Working with students of Wycherley, I realized that there is a vast array of talent bending towards music, song and drama. These young student performers have shown a great capacity to learn and enjoy their task, making my task a lighter and more enjoyable one” said the veteran producer Jerome.
The production was a modernised musical version of the ever popular fairly tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” which was a must to give scores of children the joy of being involved in a musical. Drama besides providing exposure for talent, is also a great source of discipline. The scintillating melodies and the immaculate performances of the children, warranted the standing ovation that they received from the audience that enjoys theatrical productions.
The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh with this funny adaptation that will make even the most jaded among us laugh out loud! New characters and comedic twists came to life as a modern Mum read the Brothers Grimm tale to her restless children. In addition to the well-known cast of the kind Princess, evil Queen, multiple Dwarves and the morally conflicted Huntsman, this musical introduced us to some fresh new faces such as rhyme-happy ladies-in-waiting and a stick-in-the-mud governmental representative out to ruin everyone’s good time! (He nabbed the Huntsman for attempting to kill a wild Pig without a hunting license and fined a Dwarf for picking a bouquet of state flowers!)
The generic Prince Charming was not without potent competition in this upbeat tale. He faced the threat of being upstaged by a brave Combat Hero Soldier Prince as well as a Romantic Hero Prince in their pursuit of the fair Snow White who was no ordinary maiden; rather had a mind of her own.
Musical styles of all genres fused to create a rousing mixture of hip-hop, rock and roll, doo wop and more! With its tongue-in-cheek humour, catchy songs and an unbelievably flexible cast that could absorb students of all ages, this show was a “must watch” for those who undoubtedly enjoyed the wonder of childrens’ musicals!
“It has been a rewarding experience, since the children rose to the occasion with enthusiasm and enabled the school to put on the boards, a production of high calibre” said
Mr. Kingsley Jayasinghe – Director/ Principal of Wycherley International School.