I NEVER thought I’d see the world’s most famous wizard in the guise of Britain’s most infamous wheeler dealer Derek Trotter, but that’s what has been dreamt up by the creative teachers at William Allitt.
The school, in Sunnyside, Newhall, put on a professional performance to be proud of, effortlessly squeezing out laughs and surprises from all angles, enabling teacher members of the Opening Minds productions, based at the school, to raise valuable funds.
The story starts as Germione ‘Drainger’ is banished from ‘Warthogs’, and is told that Garry ‘Trotter’ is unknowingly the owner of ‘the bling’ which has been lost by Lord SoreArm.
And so begins a quest to destroy the bling before the Lord and his ghastly Demented Dorks get hold of it.
While I never like to pick out a favourite, certainly Teresa Keates’ Germione Drainger professionalism and comic timing is to be applauded, but a stand out performance came from Chris Baldwin as Pollen.
Taking on the role of the much-loved but suspicious Gollum from Lord of the Rings, Mr Baldwin is unnervingly made for the role, complete with Gollum’s Gremlin-like gravelly voice adding his own comic twist.
I am unlikely to forget his version of Take That’s Back for Good.
Like Gollum, Pollen is possessed by the bling and desperately wants it back leading the heroes down the wrong path to destroy it. Unlike Gollum, Pollen wears a fetching bright pink ‘morph’ suit and shorts.
Entertaining from beginning the end, the teachers of William Allitt have surpassed expectations
Opening Minds can be contacted by phoning Mrs Horton at the school on 01283 216404.