After a lot of hard work, Looe Community Academy presented their first performance of A.A Milne’s ‘Toad of Toad Hall’ to excited members of local primary schools on Tuesday 7 February. Two more evening performances followed on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9. All who saw it were enthralled by the human-animal characters brought to life by the actors and dancers through the intricate script, movement sequences, costumes and make up.
Jacob Beswetherick reflected the many sides of Toad’s character masses of energy and comic timing, supported by a bouncy, sweet Mole (Eleanor Morozow), a tired, grumpy old Badger (George Ingham) and an ever-diplomatic Water Rat (Rebecca Jeavons). The supporting cast included a gang of weasels, stoats and ferrets and a visual feast of rabbits, squirrels, field mice, a fox, kingfisher and a duck.
Audiences were very surprised to learn that only a handful of the performers were from Key Stage 4, with many of the cast members appearing on stage for the very first time. All were encouraged to perform better than they knew they could by Director Mrs C Turon and her dedicated team of staff and student dance leaders, assistant producer, stage and prop managers, costumiers, make-up artists, hair stylists and sound and lighting technicians.