Event Review: Performing Arts Celebration 2017
Beautiful gowns, bow ties, the odd costume accessory, balloons, glitter, popcorn and cameras a flashing: an excellent night was had by all at our celebration event of Music, Dance and Drama.
I began the evening reminiscing about the many things that have happened since our event last year, which included, but by no means exhaustive, the darkest of Junior School Plays Lord of the Flies, our School Production of Great Expectations, the magnificent Christmas themed Cabaret, a plethora of lunchtime and evening musical concerts, the Choreographic event and our very first staging of a play written entirely by one of our sixth form, Snips and Cuts by Rhys Clarke. Much to be proud of and much worth celebrating.
We celebrated the success of many of our students at public examination level and entry into various schools of Higher Education. In Drama, we congratulated Ambra Fuller for her place at Bristol Old Vic to study Stage Management and Anne Kato for her place at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, to study acting.
Many of our Drama Students have used their A Level Theatre Studies experiences to access courses at University, in English and Drama, Psychology, Physiotherapy and Business, and all deserved praise for their efforts.
In Music, we congratulated a number of students who achieved grade 6-8 ABRSM and Trinity music examinations and in particular Daisy Noton, Conor Woodbridge and Ruby Moody for their successes in being accepted into National Youth Ensembles.
Throughout the evening there were a number of performances by our students that included a musical treat from Rosa Witts singing one of her own songs, Rosalind Manning and Lillie Skerman acting a comedy duologue from ‘The Woman who cooked her husband’ by Debbie Issit, a darkly comic monologue written and performed by Rhys Clarke.
To finish the evening, we then enjoyed a characteristically smooth rendition of a Frank Sinatra song from First Year crooner-in-residence Will Hopkins.
Success in the Performing Arts relies upon effective team work and throughout the evening we praised students for their commitment to our departments. However, individuals were also praised for giving that little bit extra and certificates for best effort and most outstanding, in each class, were awarded.
Cups and trophies were then given out, to drum rolls, by our Sixth Form students to those who have excelled in performance in Music and Drama, and our most prestigious cup ‘The Performing Arts Award’ went to Ruby Moody for her consistent commitment, energy and outstanding performance in both Music and Drama.
Finally, Drama and Music colours were given to a select group of students who are consistently performing to a high degree academically, creatively and (in Music) representing the school at a National level.
All in all, a fantastic event that makes me feel continually humbled to work with such inspirational students and teachers.