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Standing room only at Haverstock School performance of Sweet Charity

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 December 2013

Esther Boadu as Charity and Elijah Hammond-Dallas as Oscar at the Haverstock School performance. Picture: Mark Hakansson

Esther Boadu as Charity and Elijah Hammond-Dallas as Oscar at the Haverstock School performance. Picture: Mark Hakansson

Mark Hakansson

Students at a Chalk Farm school packed the house with a spellbinding performance of 1960s Broadway musical Sweet Charity.

More than 30 pupils aged 12 to 17, capped off months of preparation with three energetic performances of song and dance.

The youngsters had been working on the production since the summer, with rehearsals kicking off in September.

They performed eight numbers – including well-known tune Hey Big Spender – backed by a band made up of both students and staff.

And for the first time, the set used in the school play was designed and made on site by the design and technology department.

Nikki Haydon, the school’s community partnerships and extended services coordinator, said the show was a great success.

She paid tribute to the performance of Year 10 pupil Esther Boadu, 15, who played the lead role of Charity, describing her as “a great singer and great actor”.

The 250-seat school hall was filled for each of the performances.

The play contributed to the school’s ongoing efforts to collaborate with American charity buildOn and GE Capital to help construct a school with local people in a Senegalese village.


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