A bonnie show in store

James Hargest College pupils Sarah Boniface (Fiona) and Nepia Ruwhiu (Tommy) get into character ahead of the school's major production, Brigadoon. Photo: Bryan Campbell

THE magic of Brigadoon will appear on James Hargest College’s stage next week.

The Lerner and Loewe musical is set in the Scottish Highlands and tells the story of two Americans on a hunting trip shortly after World War 2.

After getting lost they stumble upon an 18th century village which only appears for one day every 100 years, director Jonathan Tucker said.

“It’s a lovely magic love story,” Tucker said.

Lesley Little is choreographing the production, while Michael Forde is the show’s musical director.

The music would also be performed live by an orchestra, conducted by pupil Reuben Brown, Tucker said.

Well-known songs include Waitin’ For My Dearie, Go Home with Bonnie Jean and The Heather on the Hill

Tucker said the Scottish townspeople were being dressed in plenty of tartan, with an almost Braveheart-style to the costumes.

Brigadoon will be the 50th public show Tucker has directed at the school.

It had been performed twice before, in 1984 and 2003, he said.

Tucker said he wanted to stage Brigadoon again this year because it had good dancing, a chorus and a large number of character roles for the pupils.

“The kids are really enjoying it because of the story and their involvement in the three big chorus numbers.”

And with the changes in technology, they had been able to enhance the way the village appears and disappears on stage.

“We can do this now which we couldn’t have done in 2003 quite as successfully. That’s the way technology has gone.”

James Hargest College senior campus auditorium. July 3-6, 7.30pm. Tickets available from the senior campus office.

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