‘It’s astounding!’ TIMEWARP – Summer Extravaganza 2019 certainly was exactly that as our musicians, dancers, gymnasts and actors took to the Bacon Theatre stage. With a cast of over 250, the evening was filled with laughs, songs, thrills and spills.

Suitably our ‘Timewarp’ began with a gymnastic display to the theme tune from Dr Who, performed by the Concert Band, culminating in a thrilling jump from 8 metres high by Caitlin Allen. Caitlin returned later with Corinna Clarkson in a paired gymnastic routine, whilst six Year 8 choristers sung Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time” in close harmony.  Our youngest gymnasts then performed to the school orchestra, with stunning balances, to Ancient Echoes of Time.

Musical items also took us to the past, with Michael Lei and Silas Jack excelling at the first movement of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, accompanied by the Carducci Quartet. Schola Cantorum, opted for Mozart, or something similar as Mr Bell donned his wig to perform as the mini maestro at the harpsichord, whilst the boys sang a forgotten story of how little Wolfgang invented his first go-kart, from his harpsichord!

Our dancers flourished on the stage, especially whilst performing to a Disney Medley, accompanied by the orchestra; an outstanding performance of colour and excitement. Further routines were to Sing, Sing Swing, an arrangement of two classic jazz numbers, sung by soloist Connie Britton and friends, accompanied by the swing band. Our feet were also rocking to Johnny B. Goode, sung by the 85 strong Senior Choir, with five great modern dancers and soloist Freddie Barr on the guitar!

Choral items by the Junior forms and Chamber Choir took us to Wonderland with hints of white rabbits. Whilst the Senior Strings took us to 19th Century France, with highlights from Les Misérables – Iris Gray and Arya Moodley read passages from Victor Hugo’s tale over the music, to great effect. Other dramatic performances were taken from the exceptional entries at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, including the amusing tale of The Witch and the AA Man, performed by Darcey Chambers, Esme Ledlie and Rosie Thomas.

The evening was rounded off with The Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Cameron Stephens as soloist. A band, chorus of 20, 35 gymnasts and 12 dancers all combined to light up the stage and leave everyone asking ‘Let’s do the Time warp again!’ Maybe next year, or maybe something else will take flight?