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No auditions needed for Shakespeare play

Published date: 03 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A SCHOOL theatre troupe, made up of girls aged 11-15, have performed a version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

As part of a commitment by the Queen’s School, Chester to participation in stage productions, there were no auditions and all girls who wanted to take part the production were able to do so.

Pupils from years seven to 10 have been working hard since before Christmas on their performances in the Ensemble Theatre Company production.

Director Josephine Band said: “Believe it or not, it’s quite difficult to find plays (not musicals) with speaking parts for 54 girls. So, when it came to thinking about what to do for this year’s production with the lower years in the school, I had to be inventive.

“There are 34 speaking parts in Macbeth and I worked out that if I turned three witches into 32, I could accommodate all the wonderful talent we have at this school.  Furthermore, if I played around with Shakespeare’s vision a little, I could give all those witches something interesting and challenging to do.

“Here we are, five months later, with a very innovative and exciting version of the Bard’s most accessible tragedy.

“We called ourselves the Ensemble Theatre Group and this was truly an ensemble effort.

“The standard was phenomenal. Every single girl worked to the best of her ability for the good of the piece – and the effect was electric. I am so proud of them.”

The production received praise from parents who saw it, noting how good the show was given many of the girls involved were about 12-years-old.

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