Bede's

Cabaret 2020

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the premiere of “Cabaret Re-imagined” – a wonderful showcase of work from our Performing Arts pupils this term, filmed in-house by our Marketing team.

Usually, at this time of year, we would be welcoming you to the School for a gala dinner and an evening of music, dance and entertainment in our transformed sports hall. However, due to the ongoing pandemic we have had to do things a little differently, and we are delighted to bring you our showcase which will premiere on YouTube on Saturday 12 December at 7.15pm.

This is a marvellous evening for you to see the extraordinary talents of Bede’s musicians, dancers and dramatists. Musical items will be played by the Cabaret Concert Band, Jazz band, BTEC band, Cabaret Singers and Jazz Choir, from repertoire that includes hits from much loved films and musicals as well as classical masterpieces alongside performances from the Bede's Legat Dance Academy.

Hear from our performers

Rehearsal Photos

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How we did it

This year's Cabaret has gone against all odds and has given me and many others the opportunity of performing even in the unprecedented times of COVID-19. The innovative approach of having an online filmed version is just as rewarding, enthralling and challenging, if not more so, than previous years. This Cabaret wouldn't have been possible without such a wonderful, hardworking and kind team.

William Hopkins (Upper Sixth), Performer

For our Performing Arts department, Cabaret was the main focus of the term, and we saw the combined forces of the faculty work together to create magic! We plunged into the start of term with a Cabaret plan A in mind and crossed our fingers that the world would get back to normal in time for December and our exciting Cabaret show; however this was not to be. Determined to give our students an enriching creative experience throughout the term, we ploughed on with our rehearsals and had meetings on top of meetings to design a Cabaret that would be Covid safe both on and off the stage. Our final result - plan D, I think, was the only solution - record and film the music, song and dance separately and splice it all together at the end!  Although we were missing four full weeks of rehearsal - we had to get recording - to save much needed time to edit!  An in-house recorded version was not the easiest feat to pull off, but we are so glad that we didn’t give up and I am personally very grateful for the enormous efforts of everyone involved.

Every Tuesday Mr Scamardella conducted a socially distanced, pared down, fully mic'd up Orchestra to play to an empty room, with Mr Steve Hopkins and Mr Chris Prescott on the recording decks.  I have to say this prefab recording studio was an exciting place to be.  Even with a steaming mask on I could sense the energy of an ensemble of players coming together, albeit socially distanced and often behind a plastic screen…

The week of Legat in the MPH was a stunning affair and the dance pieces were wide ranging in style but all ambitious; from the dazzling Spread the Love to the cheeky Nicer in Nice; we were all wowed!  The sheer organisation to conform to Covid regulations was a thing to behold too, with carefully planned dressing rooms, a vast, beautifully lit performance space, a special sign in and sanitize desk... all the results of my fantastic faculty’s resilience and creativity with the full support and encouragement of our SMT.  Enormous thanks must go to Mrs Lisa Martin-Smith and Mr Matt Kuchta of the Marketing department for their support, organisation and Spielberg skills!  

However, above all else, I am so proud of our students who played, sang and danced their way through the term and through all of the madness. I am delighted that there was a sense of completion with all of the pieces being performed, perhaps not ‘live’, but, to camera.  And a positive spin was the new skills they all picked up... playing the piece for a third or fourth time to get it right... dancing the Hand Jive for the sixth, seventh... and on and on, until we felt it was just right. All of this required patience, discipline, a can do attitude, and, above all else, a sense that they were doing this for something beyond the individual - but for the team. 

Karen Lewis
Director of Performing Arts
 

Learn more about how we made Cabaret 2020 possible