The cast and crew of Fantastic Mr Fox, the Middle Department Production performed recently at The British School of Kuwait (BSK), and they should feel proud of their performances that bought such a popular and well known story to the stage. Playing to appreciative audiences, the stage show was based upon Roald Dahl’s book of 1970.
Many great children’s stories see animals assume human characteristics and emotions. Mr. and Mrs. Fox have a peaceful life with their family in a den beneath a tree-topped hill in the wilderness, living off the prized produce of three feeble-minded but cruel farmers; Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Growing more enraged by Mr Fox’s audacity, the farmers resort to extreme tactics to protect their chickens, ducks and geese. The constant attention of the trio of farmers’ means it becomes too dangerous to leave the burrow, so the frightened animals must make one last audacious attempt to fight for the land that they believe is rightfully theirs.
Strong performances were in abundance, with students growing into their characters and bringing the performance to life, ensuring that the younger members of the audience were captivated by the show. With stage management the responsibility of students in Years 10 and 11, arrangements behind the scenes went without a hitch.
Fantastic Mr Fox was the perfect choice for an evening of entertainment for the entire family. The simple yet striking set depicting life above and below ground, the bright costumes and dramatic, colorful make-up and all topped off with a mechanical digger meant that there was always something about to happen.
Fantastic Mr Fox was an overwhelming success, if indeed; success is measured by the patently obvious enjoyment shown by the audience, cast and crew. All students involved grew visibly in confidence and experience during rehearsals and particularly during the four performances. Taking the stage is a most testing and rewarding platform, but a vitally important responsibility of the arts if students are to be prepared fully for life beyond school. Once you are on the stage, it is likely that you’ll be out of your comfort zone;
“Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.” - Rodney Dangerfield, 1921-2004 American stand-up comedian, actor, producer and writer.