Haberdashers’ Monmouth School’s Masked Singer Draws Record Crowd and Supports Charities

June 27, 2024

The hotly anticipated Staff Masked Singer event returned to The Blake Theatre on Saturday, raising approximately £2000 for charity.

Ms Sarah Fowler, Head of Wellbeing, opened the evening with energising song Let Me Entertain You. The show included wonderful dancing from D4Motion and audiences were enthralled by moving and humorous performances.

Contestants gave cryptic clues as to their identity. Ms Katie Rowsell, disguised as Winnie the Pooh, opened the competition with 80’s classic I Think We’re Alone Now. Fireman Sam, later revealed as Dr Sion Wall, performed Greenday song Good Riddance (Time of your Life) and hinted at his time in a thrash metal band.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse (Mrs Rhiannon Wynne-Lord and Mr Scott Rentell) took the soulful Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to new heights and Elmo (Mrs Louisa Lewis) performed mellow Carpenters song Close to You.

Iggle Piggle (Mrs Victoria Taylor) wowed the audience singing Flashdance, with a highly entertaining backing dancing group of staff led by Deputy Head Pastoral, Mr David Edwards, who recreated the iconic chair/water dance scene.

Woody, from Toy Story, later revealed as Dr James Harrison, sang Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat (Day-O) and revealed he was a big fan of the singer. Miss Emma Barson, as Sonic the Hedgehog enchanted the audience with Memory from the musical Cats.

The performances concluded with a duet of Pulp classic Disco 2000 by Ms Susan White and Mr Lels Bonanno dressed as Sponge Bob Square Pants and sidekick Patrick.

Judges, Miss Jess Griffiths (last year’s winner), Mr David Hope and Mr Dave Pearson remarked on the high standard of performance and thanked all participants for their enthusiasm and inspiration.
Audiences voted online for Iggle Piggle to win and the evening was complete with a mass sing-a-long to feel-good classic Sweet Caroline.