It’s alive! Pupils give Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein a new lease of life

Bournemouth Echo: IT’S ALIVE: Students from Bournemouth School and Bournemouth School for Girls put on a musical adaptation of Frankenstein IT’S ALIVE: Students from Bournemouth School and Bournemouth School for Girls put on a musical adaptation of Frankenstein

FOUR talented sixth formers have given Frankenstein a new lease of life for their annual school production.

Year 13 students at Bournemouth School have written a new musical based on Mary Shelley’s monster which is being performed this week.

Tom Arnold, Luke Maw, Joe Watson and Michael Boucher took on the mammoth task and have put together a team of around 50 for the shows.

The A-level music students auditioned fellow pupils from Bournemouth School and Bournemouth School for Girls for roles in the performance.

And tonight they will see their labours bear fruit when the first audience of the week fills seats at the East Way grammar school.

The school’s head of drama, Matthew Wootton, told the Daily Echo: “This is the first time the boys have done something like this but you would never think so when you see it.

“It is extraordinarily good and is very close to the Frankenstein story – they have tried to recreate the 19th century Gothic spirit and they have done so very well. “I think it is on track to be a great success and will provide enough thrills and spills to keep the audience entertained.”

The boys chose took on the mammoth project in addition to their A level studies. “It doesn’t represent any element of the curriculum but has been very worthwhile,” added Mr Wootton.

The team have sourced all their own costumes which have been “begged, borrowed or made”.

The two schools join forces every year to put on a major production, alternating between the two sites.

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8:18am Wed 22 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Odd that the town never tried to capitalise on its association with two of the most famous horror stories ever written.
Odd that the town never tried to capitalise on its association with two of the most famous horror stories ever written. The-Bleeding-Obvious
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