Drama, Music and Dance Celebrated at Performing Arts Evening

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The Performing Arts Celebration Evening took place during the balmy Second Week at the start of Summer Term.

Led by the Director of Drama, Mrs Karen Lewis, we celebrated work in Drama, Music and Dance and the event was a roaring success. Rachael Woollett, Deputy Head Co-Curricular said, "It was the best one yet!", and this was due, in the most part, to the fantastic display of talent from a range of pupils.

Ben Barden re-enacted his highly comic A-level monologue from Richard Bean’s, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, followed by a duet from the musical ‘Side Show’ by the very talented Longden sisters, Lili and Meghan. A classical piece set the bar even higher and the astounding Imogen Lock sang, ‘Sure On This Shining Night’ by Samuel Barber and the finale was a rendition of ‘This is the Moment’ from Jekyll and Hyde by our 'Best Newcomer 2017' award winner, Will Hopkins.

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However, the piece de resistance was a ridiculous lighthearted re-enactment of life in the Bede's Performing Arts Departments, led superbly by Max Mason, playing the Director of Music with an accompanying cast of teachers and pupils – it was akin to a live spitting image version of the 'Oliver' rehearsals with a tragic ending.

The aim of the evening is for Performing Arts staff to truly celebrate the talents, but most importantly, the efforts of all of our pupils. Certificates and trophies abounded, and Georgia Myers won the coveted 'Performing Arts' award for a pupil who has demonstrated outstanding contribution in two disciplines; Dance and Drama. We were excited to award our new ‘Ensemble’ prize to those students who are simply dynamite to work with – professional in approach and resilient, as well as creative.

Speeches celebrated and reminisced, and a heartfelt speech from Firdest Karaca about her long-time drama teacher, Kelly Goldring, was a personal tribute to a teacher who has inspired and nurtured. We also said an adieu to our U6th pupils, who it has been a pleasure to teach this past five years. As Louis Muston so ably put it – we were there at the start!  We certainly were, and what a long way we have come.

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