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Polam Hall Darlington’s ‘Dracula Spectacula’ set to be scarily good

Pupils at Darlington’s Polam Hall School are putting on a fang-tastic senior school production this year.

Zombies will guide the audience to their seats in what is set to be a dazzling production of ‘Dracula Spectacula’, a modern classic with a sizzling score and hilarious script.

The show is a big feat for the small school, it has taken nearly 6 months to put together and has involved staff, parents and over 50 pupils aged 11 – 18 years.

Headmaster John Moreland commented: “The school show is a brilliant way to involve students with different talents and passions in one project. It teaches them about time management, planning and organisation whilst having fun. I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished production.”

The show will take place in the school’s own theatre and will be a high-tech affair with smoke machines, a live band and professional lighting.

Miss Joanne Graham, director and head of drama at Polam Hall said: “It’s been brilliant fun putting the show together. It has required a lot of hard work and commitment from pupils who have balanced rehearsals with their academic studies.”

The leading characters, Miss Nadia and Count Dracula, are played by A and AS level drama students Jemma Vincent, 17, and Richard McNamara, 17. The theatrical pair are also assistant directors.

Jemma said: “I’m really excited to perform. The whole school has worked together on the show and it’s been a great way to get to know new people.”

Richard commented: “This is my first time in a lead role so I am a bit nervous. But it’s been a great confidence boost for me and I am thinking of taking up drama outside of school now too.”

The show will kick off with a dress rehearsal on Thursday, when Polam Hall will welcome senior citizens and pupils from Darlington School of Mathematics and Science and Skerne Park to watch.

Public performances will take place on Friday 21st March at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee performance at 2.30pm on the 22nd March. Tickets are now available from the school office, priced £8 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Polam Hall is currently an independent school but is applying to become a free school from 2015 to enable them to share its educational offering to all.

It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.

For more information on the school visit: www.polamhall.com.


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