Earlier today BARE had their dress rehearsal at the ADC Theatre. It is a play about two boys struggling with their feelings for each other in a Catholic boarding school. This musical has received a lot of attention, and you can read about how we climbed up on King’s College chapel for the post photo shoot.
‘It’s hard to find your way, when you have no voice to guide you.’
Set in a Catholic boarding school, BARE is the story of Jason and Peter, whose forbidden love causes them to ask questions both of themselves and their god.
With graduation approaching, and the added pressure of the school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, these questions are getting more insistent.
When religion makes up so much of who you are, how do you continue when the world you thought you understood has fallen apart around you?
Here are the photos from the dress rehearsal. As usual it was a little bit delayed, so there are some photos of the cast goofing off before the musical started.
I also recorded a short clip of the BARE cast warming up. Wish I had more to show you, they sounded amazing.
The dress rehearsal starts with the song ‘Epihany’…
“I can tell you found true love and blah blah blah, its fate”
“For ever and ever and ever and ever, for ever and ever forever amen”
Jason: Do you remember
that day that you met me?
I swear it was yesterday, I knew with a glance.
That you were the question,
and you were the answer.
That the world would make sense again if I held your hand.
Someday you’ll look back, and I hope you’ll remember
the moment of truth when I knew who I was.
How did I learn the truth you gave to me?
Peter: I will always remember
that first stolen moment.
There you were kissing me, and time seemed to freeze.
Now I stand at a crossroad,
and I stare at a question…
If prayer were the answer, I’d fall on my knees.
But forward is calling, and I cannot stay here.
A parting of souls as I try to move on.
How do I forget the dream you shared with me?
I’ve never been this bare/I’ve never been so scared.
I’ve never felt such honesty/Doubts that will never go away.
A moment of such peace/Each of us standing bare.
Knowing what you mean to me/Knowing who we have to be.
Jason: Know as you hold my hand
Peter: I hope and pray that you’ll understand
Jason: Forever you and …
Jason/Peter: I know you’re here in my heart.
Jason: Please understand that I tried.
Peter: Try to see it’s not goodbye.
Peter: The act is beginning,
The audience waiting…
Jason: NO! Stay in this moment where secrets reveal.
Here in a world where there’s safety in falsehood, I have discovered the one thing that’s real.
That I love you, and I’ve loved you from the start.
And if you hold that close to you we’ll never be apart.
Peter: That I loved you
Jason: Please know I loved you
Jason/Peter: From the start…
Lyrics from stlyrics.com
“Do you know how much he loved? Do you know how much he cared?”
Jason – Ed Limb
Peter – Joe Pitts
Ivy – Kitty Sillars
Nadia – Lucy Dickson
Claire – Holly Musgrave
Lucas – Joe Spence
Sister Chantelle – Emily Murray
Kyra – Olivia Gaunt
Diane – Joanna Clarke
Matt – James Daly
Zack – Thomas Taplin
Priest – Keegan Featherstone
Keys 1/Conductor – Joe Beighton
Keys 2 – Claudia Grinnell
Guitar – Karan Singha
Bass – Adam Harrison
Drums – Elspeth Collard
Flute – Sian Whitby
Director – Sarah Mercer
Producer – Emily Newton
Musical Director – Joe Beighton
Sound Designer – Johannes Ruckstuhl
Deputy Stage Manager – Lewis Scott
Rehearsal Photographer – Angharad Owen
Lighting Designer – Sam Payne
Assistant Musical Director – Claudia Grinnell
Stage Manager – Eleanor Mitchell
Co-Choreographer – Megan Henson
Assistant Director – Georgie Henley,Ryan Howard
Production Photographer – Johannes Hjorth
Stain Glass Window Designer – Harry Stockwell
Jigsaw Extraordinnaire – David Stansby
Technical Consultant – Sheeana Patel
Co-Technical Director – Emily Newton, Sam Payne, Lewis Scott
Production Electrician – Lewis Scott,Eleanor Mitchell
Publicity Designer – Emily Newton