Kent College’s first major production took place last month, over 300 pupils took to the stage and orchestra pit to take part in a production called And Can It Be?
Over three years in the making, the musical retelling of the life of John Wesley was the first production to take place in the school’s new Great Hall complex and the 600-seat auditorium was sold out on both nights.
The event, with words by the school chaplain Revd. Dr. Paul Glass and music by the executive head, Dr. David Lamper, has grown in ambition over the years of its planning. Children from all year groups of the school took part (including the whole of the junior school) and there were pupils from sister school, Lorenden and Kent College, Dubai, taking part.
“Our main aim was to tell the story of the founding of Methodism in a fresh and exciting way to people who had not heard the story before,” said Paul Glass. The audience was thrilled by the production, which saw five students playing John Wesley at different parts of his life.
A highlight was the moment when the cast and audience rose to sing And Can It Be, complete with new full orchestration and new descants written especially for the production.
The Great Hall is for hire by the local community and has the capacity to change from a smaller, more intimate theatre of 300, up to a full capacity of 600. Please contact Olivia Beardsmore on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Words by Riana Dixon