St. Mary’s Talent Shines in our 2014 School Production
Macbeth (2014) photo gallery (33 photos)
St. Mary’s Menston again celebrated the school’s enormous talent as Shakespeare’s Macbeth was brought to the school stage. Under the guidance of Drama Teachers Miss Andrews and Miss Exworthy, a cast of forty students performed over three consecutive nights.
The play is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedies and tells the story Macbeth, a brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.
The entire cast and crew worked extremely hard for months to make the performances a resounding success. Sixth Form student George Bilenko was outstanding as Macbeth and Millie Malir, cast as Lady Macbeth, made such a difficult role appear easy. Other notable performances were Maddie Tysoe, Aimee Goodman and Keira Heckman who played the Witches.
With grateful thanks to:
Mrs B Pounder, Mrs V Chapman, Mrs J Findlay, Mrs C Roberts and Student Managers
for all their help with refreshments and front of house.
Mr M Barker and the Site Management Team for all their support.
The play opens as three witches plan a meeting with the Scottish nobleman Macbeth who, at that moment, is fighting in a great battle. When the battle is over, Macbeth and his friend Banquo come across the witches who offer them three predictions: that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, King of Scotland, and that Banquo’s descendants will become kings.
Banquo laughs at the prophecies but Macbeth is excited, especially as soon after their meeting with the witches Macbeth is made Thane of Cawdor by King Duncan, in return for his bravery in the battle. He writes to his wife, Lady Macbeth, who is equally excited. A messenger tells Lady Macbeth that King Duncan is on his way to their castle and she invokes evil spirits to help her slay him. Macbeth is talked into killing Duncan by his wife and stabs him to death. No one is quite sure who committed this murder and no one feels safe, but Macbeth is crowned King.
Now that Macbeth is King he knows the second prediction from the witches has come true, but he starts to fear the third prediction (that Banquo’s descendants will also be kings). Macbeth, therefore, decides to kill Banquo and his son but the plan goes wrong - Banquo is killed but his son escapes. Macbeth then thinks he is going mad because he sees Banquo’s ghost and resolves to visit the witches.
Macbeth receives more predictions and prophecies from the eerie apparitions. The first: that he should “beware of Macduff” an important Scottish Lord, who has fled to England. The second: that he cannot be killed by any man born of a woman. The third: that he need not fear until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane. Although convinced of his invincibility, he starts to become ruthless in his ambition to remain King of Scotland and kills the family of Macduff. Macbeth still thinks he is safe but one by one, the witches’ prophecies come true. Lady Macbeth, who cannot stop thinking about Duncan, becomes deranged and dies. A large army marches on Macbeth’s castleand Macbeth is killed by Macduff.
There will be an exciting display of photos, arranged by Mrs Chattoe, near our Main Hall (room M1). Look forward to it!
Menston students show true class in Macbeth [WHARFEDALE OBSERVER]
St. Mary's Talent Shines for Shakespeare's Macbeth [DIOCESEOFLEEDS.ORG.UK]