Key Stage Three Drama students have dedicated their extra-curricular time since Easter on rehearsals for ‘Alice’, a new adaption of Lewis Carroll’s classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story.
The Court Fields production of Hairspray, went down a storm with our wonderful audiences – the cast were pleased to perform to two packed houses, as the production sold out on both nights. Some excellent examples of ensemble work were on display, for example in the whole cast’s performance of ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ and the School Sock Hop cast dance ‘The Madison’ as well as the finale song ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’.
There were some outstanding performances from individuals within the cast, particularly from Year 11 students Joanna Cooper as ‘Tracey Turnblad’ and Tom Kelvey as ‘Link Larkin’ (pictured) who gave assured, detailed performances in these key roles, demonstrating a great ability to communicate with their enthusiastic audience. Year 9 student Ashleigh Payne as ‘Edna Turnblad’ proved to be a real scene stealer with impeccable comic timing and his duet ‘Timeless To Me’ with Husband ‘Wilbur’ skilfully played by Year 11 student Oliver Swain was one of the highlights of the show. Georgia Channon, another Year 11 student as ‘Velma Von Tussle’ gave a clear, commanding performance and her daughter ‘Amber Von Tussle’ was played by Abi Lockyer, a Year 8 student who showed a great deal of promise in this role.
On 16/10/13 our Year 9 students took part in an enrichment activity based on a theatre production that they had seen the previous week. The production by the Theatre Centre was called ‘Advice for the Young at Heart’ and explored the themes of poverty, racism and civil rights through the lives of two groups of teenagers. One group in 2011 and the other in 1959. The students had a choice of artistic forms in which to present their ideas, including physical theatre, music, art and textiles.