Salisbury Cathedral School News
The Vackees - Fantastic Whole School Drama Production
The lights come on. The music starts. The audience waits for the show to begin. Backstage, everyone’s hearts are beating at the speed of light. People are moving around, rushing to get last minute props and putting the last touch of make-up on.
At the end of the Michaelmas Term, Mrs Greenfield (who runs all the school productions) told us in assembly that the play we would be doing this year was “The Vackees”. We were all very excited! The next 10 weeks were full of people learning lines, getting costumes and extremely long rehearsals! But now that we have pulled it off, we have realised it was all worth it!
The show tells a story of a group of evacuees (“Vackees”) going to live in Darchett. The main Vackee, Kip (played by Harry G, Year 8), is sent to live with Aunt Luce and her niece Ellen (played by Kelly F and Becky S). The Darchett kids have a hard time sharing Darchett with the Vackees and they start a “war” with them. The show also includes many different relationships between the boys and girls of the different gangs and ends up with Kip and Ellen falling in love.
The lights dim. The show ends. The final song is sung with power and gusto.
Our blood is pumping. Our heads are hurting from the noise, but we keep on singing, even when we have finished and are returning to our changing rooms, because we don’t ever want it to stop. We now know that everything was worth it, and thanks to Mrs Greenfield, we have memories that will never leave us. So everyone, give it up for Mrs Greenfield!
Photography by John Axford