The ship has sailed on another hugely successful John Lyon School musical after three wonderful sell-out performances of Anything Goes.
The Cole Porter classic, set aboard a 1930s cruise ship traveling from New York to England, saw almost 1,000 people across the three performances on Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th December 2018.
The dress rehearsal proved just as popular, as 300 children from six local primary schools were invited to Harrow School’s Ryan Theatre to watch the spectacular musical.
Audiences at the sell-out performances enjoyed the hugely professional shows, with outstanding acing, song and dance from the cast of John Lyon boys and girls from a number of local schools, accompanied by a West End band in the pit below.
Lucy Cooper as notorious nightclub singer Reno Sweeny was outstanding in the production’s most demanding role, leading the two most famous numbers, I get a kick out of you, and Anything goes with a strength belying her age, whilst Louis Tyrell and Claire Gordon-Brown were wonderfully lovelorn as Billy J. Crocker and Hope Harcourt, around whose not-always-straightforward relationship the show revolves.
Laughs came regularly from the well-timed slapstick of Omar Mustafa (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), Nathan Cuttica (Elisha J. Whitney), Moonface Martin (Usmaan Khan) and Megan Allen (Mrs Evangeline Harcourt), while gangster’s moll Erma (Cara McTiernan) kept the sailors in check during an incident packed voyage which was kept on course by the ship’s Captain (Ed Davey) and Purser (Jack Salter).
A huge congratulations to the entire cast and crew with special thanks to director Mr Sam Jones, musical director Mr Huw Jones and Choreographer Miss Aimee Finnerty.
Pictures: Rachel Marchant
Pupils typically join John Lyon in Years 7, 9 and 12, largely from a North West London catchment area including Harrow, Wembley, Stanmore, Pinner, Watford, Rickmansworth, Northwood, Ruislip, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Southall, Ealing, Acton, Edgware, Brent Cross, Finchley, Barnet, Camden, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, as well as other parts of Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.