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As the man who put Blue Coat School shows on the south Liverpool map, we were honoured to welcome back Mr Ian ‘Jake’ Preston, a fondly-remembered former arts teacher, to review our latest production The Addams Family Musical. Here’s his report.

It was a real delighted to be invited back to Blue Coat to see the fantastic production of The Adams Family. On entering the Shirley Hall we were all transported to a mysterious, spooky and misty place. Haze filled the air and I knew from hearing the first few bars from the orchestra we were in for a great evening.

It’s been over 20 years since I taught drama and pottery and directed many Blue Coat school productions over the course of 30 years, so it felt particularly poignant and inspiring to see such tremendous talent, passion and energy on display. The acting was of a very high standard with talented players, fine voices and slick choreography. The lighting created just the right atmosphere as did the sound. The costumes worked really well and the hair and makeup all added to the spectacle.

A school production is a unique opportunity for students to come together, unleash their creativity and to share their enjoyment and hard work with an audience – it’s a formative experience from which memories are made that can last a life time. As the audience sprang to their feet in admiration of a wonderful achievement I felt confident that although the show had come to an end the legacy of such a professional production would endure.”

Mr Ian Preston, former Blue Coat School Show director

To see a collection of photographs from this year’s show please click here.

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