Review by Peter Thompson
The Vale Academy’s reputation for sustained excellence in music and drama was further enhanced in their 2015 show “Those were the Days”.
Through music and dance the show explored some of the most iconic and life-changing events of the last century from the suffragettes to the London Olympics.
It covered events, both positive and negative, through each decade of the 20th Century and up to the present date, with the music of each era being featured in the various styles.
Each event used live footage from the original time portrayed on screens organised by the academy’s media department.
All the academy students were given the opportunity to act, dance and/or sing in the show and although parts were allocated to all, auditions decided where they would be put.
The dancers ranged from those who want to have a go, to ballerinas who have been training most of their life.
The Vale band played popular songs, such as In the Mood, We’ll meet again, Those were the Days, Puttin’ on the Ritz.
The costumes were created by Debbie McClarren and musical director was Jayne Keeler.
Production Managers were Rebecca Carmichael and Jo Weatherall.
The students also controlled lighting and sound.