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 Musical Extravaganza
 A spectacular performance took place at Wellington School, Somerset, when over 450 children from 20 schools around the region turned out for an afternoon of workshops and rehearsals, before performing a dazzling array of songs from Disney hits to a thrilled audience of over 1000!
All schools came for rehearsals and a sing-off to find star soloists for the performance. In the evening, hundreds of parents, grandparents, friends and relatives poured
into the packed Sports Hall to hear the concert, complete with a professional band and three conductors.
Commented Ros Shaw, from Wellington School, who masterminded the whole event, (and appeared as Mary Poppins
to conduct!): “All the pupils had learned the songs in their schools with the help of their music teachers, and my colleagues and
I have been into all the schools
to work with them. When they finally came together on Friday, the sound was electrifiying – such an exciting moment.” Each school had auditioned a boy and girl for the solos so there was a tense
and nail-biting, blind ‘The Voice’ style sing-off for each role. The winners performed the roles in the concert that evening.
A cast of Year 7, 8 and 9
girls at The Kingsley School, Warwickshire, staged a creative physical performance based on Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’.
Across two evenings ‘Tales
of Matilda’ explored the key moments and themes of
the famous children’s story; resilience, self-belief and inspiration. Matilda, a young girl neglected by her parents, finds
a kindred spirit in her teacher Miss Honey and helps her to stand up to Mrs Trunchbull.
The performance was staged in a World War 2 era environment
with the school children characters representing evacuees.
The creative process was based on the practices of theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht and the values of ‘Ensemble Theatre’, a collaborative approach in which everyone can share ideas and take ownership of the story-telling process.
All the cast benefited from the experience of working with freelance director (and teacher), Tracie Farren, who said, “The
girls have shared their own ideas, creatively experimented and developed their own confidence in collaboration and performance.”
Celebratory concert
Spine-tingling Shakespeare
The Tales of Matilda
 Year 7 pupils at The Hawthorns School, Surrey, were invited to
the WE Day celebratory concert at Wembley Arena last month (March) as a reward for their outstanding fundraising efforts for the international charity WE.
WE was created by children, for children, to fight the root causes of poverty through projects
at home and abroad. Since September, the pupils have led
a number of initiatives for the WE movement in school. In the last two terms the children held food drives for WE Scare Hunger,
donating to a local foodbank
in Merstham and the charity Loveworks; organising book collections and reading buddy mentoring for WE Read Together; an anti-cyber bullying campaign in WE Rise Above; a stall at the school Christmas fair selling WE Are Rafiki bracelets for women in Kenya; designed an eco-garden to campaign for sustainability in WE Take Charge and collaborated with the Christian organisation SparkFish to deliver a think space in school to spread kindness and compassion through the WE Are Silent campaign.
The three witches
Terrington Hall School, Yorkshire, Year 6 to Year 8 pupils wowed audiences with their gripping end-of-term production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Directed by Head of Performing Arts Ryan O’Ehley, the pupils delivered two polished and energetic performances of Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy.
The impressive set, lighting, underscore, make-up and costume design added to the intensity of each performance.
In preparation for their end-of- term production, Year 8 pupils were taken to see the RSC’s Macbeth in Stratford where they also explored Shakespeare’s birthplace and enjoyed a ghost walk.
Terrington Hall Headmaster Stephen Mulryne said: “This was
a remarkable production and I would like to congratulate everyone who worked so hard to bring this play to the stage. The ability of
our pupils to tackle the language of Shakespeare and bring such complex characters to life at such a young age cannot fail to impress.”
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