Greenhill Grammar school, Oldham

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A Visit to the London Festival Ballet


On Saturday, 20th October, a number of girls from the 3rd Form went to the Manchester Palace to see Act II of "Swan Lake" and "Coppelia".  The main dancers in "Swan Lake" were Belinda Wright and John Gilpin, and in "Coppelia" they were Marilyn Burr and Louis Godfrey.  Anne Rowse danced the part of the doll "Coppelia" and Russell Kerr danced the part of "Coppelius".  We all enjoyed both ballets, but especially the bright colours of Coppelia. We should all like to express our thanks to Miss Turner for organising this interesting trip.



The School Concert


Amongst the many and varied activities of our school, the art of the theatre was sadly lacking, and our aspiring Bernhardts and Gielguds were bereft of a stage to perform upon.  This major difficulty was, however, successfully overcome by the "do it yourself" attitude of a number of able workers in school, who, in the course of a few months, designed and duly erected to the sounds of loud hammering and "pass another nail, G..." an impressive stage, the proscenium of which adds greatly to the appearance of an otherwise dull hall.  Being thus provided with the stage, our dramatically inclined friends could hardly curb their impatience to "tread the boards".  Since that moment the staff were inundated with offers to perform and our peaceful dinner-hours were, from then on, shattered by the (tuneful) rendering of Messrs. Gilbert & Sullivan's works, to say naught of the constant piano practising; and after school the cleaners swept to the sound of tapping feet.  Singing! Dancing! Acting!  More singing - then the first night arrived.

The first half of the show travelled smoothly under the guidance of our chairman, Mr. Higson.  The piano solos and a duet were well chosen beautiful pieces and were played excellently by Veronica Hetherington and Harry Butterworth.  Two "slick" dance routines by Mavis Joyce and Betty Howard went down well and there was a pleasing Hungarian Dance by Freda Anderson of Form 1.  Mavis Fielding, also of Form 1, gave us "The Country Curate" - extremely amusing.  Tony Kerr sang Schubert's "Ave Maria", and Mr. Wells sang two "Salt Water Ballads" by John Masefield, two good voices giving of their best.  The appropriate casting of the play "A Very Awkward Mistake", by VI.Lit. brought an abundance of laughs and Mary Mulholland's hip-swinging-nineteen-twenty portrayal of mutton dressed like lamb was most entertaining.  It was not a good play materially, but the VI Form made commendable use of their resources.  The first half was brought to a close by Kershaw, of Form 2, who played a number of popular tunes on his piano accordion.

After tea and biscuits had been served we sallied forth into "Trial by Jury".  It would seem unfair to single out any one person upon whom to bestow praise, but we feel that a word of thanks (and congratulations) to Mr. Handforth would not be out of place.  The diction was clear and precise, the acting was good.  None of the principals seemed nervous and they tripped brightly from song to song supported by a well-rehearsed chorus.  Both the "twelve good men and true" and the ribbon-bedecked ladies of the public gallery were very much their parts once the curtain went up, and at times one did begin to "dread their fury".  This combination of staff and pupils seemed to hold great promise of things to come and we hope this is only the first of a never-ending stream of productions, musical or otherwise.