Christmas Show 2021: The Lodge

We’re delighted to be able to invite you to this year’s Drama Department production ‘The Lodge’, which will be showing on Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 December in the school theatre.

As has become something of a tradition, this is made up of two very different short plays, written by the drama staff and linked by a character, theme and or idea. This year’s production tells the story of two very different families, each of whom have won a mysterious luxury staycation at ‘the lodge’- a holiday woodland retreat not too far from here…  On arrival, however, both sets of guests don’t quite get the experience they were expecting and end up finding out a lot more about each other!

Staff and students have been working really hard since we came back in September and as opening night gets ever closer, are more and more excited about sharing the fruits of their labour with you!

Mrs Brady and Ms Anthony have been working with a lower school company and have created a magical, festive show that follows the intertwined fates of two families – the impoverished Jones’s and the wealthy Boulechiens – to deliver a warm-hearted message about what’s really important at Christmas. After the interval, things take a darker, more supernatural turn as Mr Anderson and the upper school company follow their dysfunctional teenage protagonist into the woods, where, with the help of a mysterious guide, she finds out what really matters, not just at Christmas but in her whole life. This half of the show reflects the real-life issues and difficulties of both the students in the cast and teenagers as a whole and might not be thematically suitable for younger audience members.  However, across both productions, we hope to provoke some laughs, some tears, some chills but ultimately warm your hearts in preparation for the festive season.

Tickets will be on sale in school from November 22 onwards in the dance room G4 at breaktimes.  All tickets are £5 each and payment can be made by cash or cheque (made payable to Haslingden High School). Tickets will also be available to buy from the main school reception. Call 01706 215726 to reserve, and students can then pick them up for you.

Tickets do tend to go very quickly, so please don’t leave it too late and risk being disappointed. We can’t wait to all meet up again and share the work of our talented students in the run-up to Christmas.  It would be great if you could join us and support their creative endeavours.

As a school, we will be doing all we can to make the evening as safe as possible and will make masks available to all visitors on the door.  We will be continuing to review whether there is a need to implement any additional measures based on transmission in school and in the local community leading up to the event. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

I hope to see you on opening night!

Mr Anderson, Head of Drama