Months of planning, designing and rehearsing came to a spectacular climax in May with Northholm Grammar’s Senior production of A Few Good Men. The hit Broadway play by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzled on the Northholm Drama studio stage, garnering a standing ovation and glowing reviews.
Originally produced by Northholm in 2010, Drama Coordinator Brad Turbott was initially hesitant to present the intense, dialogue-dense courtroom drama which would push the actors beyond their comfort zones. But believing in the abilities of the talented performers and knowing they would be supported by a dedicated crew, Mr Turbott set a challenge which all students magnificently rose to meet across the five performances. Following the disappointing cancellation of last year’s Senior production, expectations were high with tickets for several of the shows selling out weeks in advance.
Since auditions in November last year, Northholm students have given much time and hard work to producing A Few Good Men in both cast and crew roles. Striving to be the best they can be, they came in on weekends, after school and in their holidays. Rehearsals even included military drills, legal term practice, courtroom procedure lessons and how to march in time and salute. Some of the Year 9 to 12 students were first time performers who appreciated the support and encouragement of their peers.
Seamless costume changes, superb performances that captured the essence of every character, excellent lighting and music all combined to capture every moment of the story perfectly. We’re incredibly proud of everyone involved with this production and thrilled to share some of the quotes from audience members who enjoyed the show:
“Loved every bit of it!”
“This was a fantastic production!”
“Very talented students. Congratulations.”
“… a show case of incredible talent.”
“… a triumph!”
“Bravo to everyone, brilliant play.”