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 A Night at the Movies
Over 160 dancers aged 5 to 17 from St Benedict’s School, London, performed in A Night at the Movies – a dance extravaganza inspired by film.
The choreography was quirky, imaginative and fun, and demanded lots of energy and drama from St Benedict’s dancers. It was a vibrant production, with
colourful costumes and lighting creating a brilliant spectacle on stage.
Scenes included excerpts from Annie, Grease, Bugsy Malone, Batman, Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, Hairspray, La La Land, Ghost, and Singing in the Rain.
The show was choreographed and produced by Miss Stephanie Parker.
 Swing Into Spring movie spectacular
Fusion Taal
‘The Railway Children’
Pupils from the Lower School at Dauntsey’s School, Wiltshire, have staged The Railway Children. An adaptation of the classic story written by E. Nesbit, The Railway Children was originally performed in 2008 in association with the National Railway Museum. It
is famed for its reveal of a real train engine in performance locations such as Waterloo and
London Kings Cross stations, and Dauntsey’s rose to the challenge of creating its own life-size train.
Staying true to the original story and play, set in 1906 and on a traverse stage, the audience was able to look down upon both sides of the lit tracks as the ensemble began their literal journey, to Britten and Auden’s Night Mail.
 Felsted School, Essex’s annual ‘Swing into Spring’ concert featured pupils from Years 5-13, as well as parents and staff,
all performing together in one fabulous sold out event.
Over 170 musicians performed a Movie Music Spectacular with jazz bands, Latin rhythms, steel bands and singers performing everything from James Bond to Toy Story.
The whole evening represented an example of teamwork from
talented and motivated pupils across the school.
Mr Owen Rees, Director of Music
at Felsted Prep School, commented “It was a joy to see Felsted full of fabulous musicians and unique collaborations, with all ages performing, orchestras, choirs, bands and so much more. The ‘Music
from the Movies’ theme produced
a contemporary concert that the audience fully appreciated for the range of styles and genres from the 20th Century and beyond.”
Over 250 pupils from year 7 to year 13 at Bancroft’s School, Essex, took part in the annual Taal event. With its fusion of dancing, music and acting, Taal is more than
just another School production,
it brings a touch of Bollywood colour and glamour to Bancroft’s. Over 16 years it has grown to become an integral and much anticipated fixture in the School calendar as well as an important part of the School’s cultural life. The event is totally student driven with members of the Bancroft’s Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Muslim Society (HSBM Society) writing, choreographing and directing the event. The students assume full responsibility for everything, from finding sponsorship from local businesses to sourcing costumes.
Taal is a major fund raiser for charities and this year it is supporting three charities. United World Schools, a charity which is transforming the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in the World through educational opportunities; money raised will support Bancroft’s partner school in Cambodia. Pan Asian Women’s Association, which provides education for teenage girls in 32 Asian countries aiming to lift these girls out of poverty, and SOS Children’s Villages
which aim to give orphaned and abandoned children a family,
a community and a future.
This year Taal raised £27,000
to support these three very worthwhile causes.
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