‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’: Rydal Penrhos Prep Pupils Deliver an Unforgettable Performance
June 15, 2023

Audiences were treated to a fantastic spectacle of music and drama in the form of Rydal Penrhos’ latest Year 3 to 6 production on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June 2023.

Rydal Penrhos has a long-standing tradition of fostering a love for drama in all aspects of the school, and this passion was on full display once again as the Year 3 to 6 pupils took centre stage with their captivating production of ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’.

This latest offering from our Prep pupils was full of amazing singing, acting, dancing and laughter, producing an overall spectacle more than matching the calibre of previous productions. This is the result of several months of hard work and commitment from all our Year 3 to 6 pupils, our Prep teachers and staff, and our talented musical team, led by Mr McGuinness.

Set in the glamorous 1920s and brimming with legend and intrigue, ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’ transported audiences to a world of crumbling manor houses and enigmatic characters. Lord and Lady Pica, portrayed brilliantly by Isaac Morton and Alexandra Lopez Moreno, find themselves in a desperate situation as their beloved estate falls into disrepair.

To save Magpie Manor, the clan unites with the bank manager, Mr Fortune, and his bumbling assistants to devise a plan to sell off the family silver. However, as esteemed guests gather for the auction ball, a shocking turn of events unfolds. The family heirloom mysteriously disappears, setting the stage for Inspector Spectre, played with flair by Harrison Simmons, and the legendary Agatha Christie, portrayed by Ela Lloyd-Bloom, to uncover the truth.

With a multitude of suspects, including the servants, tradesmen, and even Cousin Rupert and his ambitious American fiancée, the plot thickens as Magpie Manor teeters on the brink of disaster.

The infectious musical numbers and impressive acting displays throughout the production left audiences – including fellow pupils, parents, and grandparents – in awe. From the youngest members of the cast, our Year 3s as the Magpies, to our Year 6 characters, every performer brought their unique talent to the stage. Special mention should go to our contingent of 1920s ‘flappers’, who brought a vibrant energy in their dancing and delivery.

The dedication and hard work of all the pupils and staff involved in bringing ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’ to life deserves commendation. Their commitment to rehearsals, attention to detail, and unwavering enthusiasm created a truly memorable experience for everyone involved. The production serves as a testament to the nurturing environment at Rydal Penrhos, where creativity and collaboration are fostered to unlock each pupil’s full potential.

As we enjoy the success of our Year 3 to 6 production, excitement turns toward the upcoming Senior production of ‘Henry the Tudor Dude’. Until then, we leave you with images of our time at Magpie Manor!