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Performing Arts Update

By 21 October 2022No Comments

Shrek Theatre Trip

Students from all year groups enjoyed a trip to the Albert Halls in Bolton to watch Shrek the Musical. Finley particularly liked the costume design for Shrek and Farquaad and Jess’s favourite was the Gingerbread man, which she thought was very well made. Students really enjoyed the singing and we were proud to see ex-pupil Stevie in the lead role as Fiona. By the end of the show, the whole audience were up on their feet dancing!

Twelfth Night Theatre Trip

We were so pleased to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company perform at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool last month (pictured below). The professional cast superbly retold the story of Twelfth Night, with an added Calipso vibe, which was a highly entertaining story of hoaxes, heartbreak and hidden identities. Students chatted with the cast before the show and were able to ask questions about the process and influences of the piece. Our very own Ahmed volunteered and was invited onto the stage to play the priest! Amazing performances, set design and costumes!

Blood Brothers Theatre Trip

As part of their coursework, Year 11 students travelled to the Lowry Theatre in Manchester to watch the fantastic cast of Blood Brothers. Zayn said, ‘This was a gripping and emotional piece of drama that has inspired me to focus on my own final performance’. Diane and Kito both agreed that the final scenes were intense and they will draw on this experience to support their own performance of Blood Brothers in December. Kimberly said,

‘The narrator’s stage presence was unforgettable and the set design reflected the social context of the play.’ All students are looking forward to their own performance evening on Tuesday 6th December, 7pm, in the theatre.


Coram Shakespeare Schools Festival Theatre Workshop

As part of our Coram Shakespeare Schools Festival, students from our own Sharples Theatre Company, worked with actor Kim Burnett on key scenes for our upcoming Festival performance of Twelfth Night at the Contact Theatre, Manchester on Thursday 3rd November at 7pm. If you’d like to support our young actors, tickets are available from the Contact Theatre Box Office on Tel. 0161 274 0600.


Music News

It’s been a busy start to the year in Music. Year 7 Students have begun learning new skills such as how to play Guitar, Ukulele and Keyboard in Music lessons.

Lots of students have been attending extra-curricular clubs at lunch times such as Keyboard and Ukulele/Guitar club. These clubs are open to all students, in all year groups and all abilities. Please see the extra-curricular programme below.

Music student Santiago said, ‘I’m really enjoying guitar lessons at the moment as I’m learning about different genres and styles of playing guitar. The complicated style of flamenco is particularly challenging, which I love!’

If you are interested in learning a new musical instrument come down to the music room (G66) and speak to either Mr Corrigan or Mrs Stevens. Also, please see the attached flyer from Bolton Music Service for instrumental and vocal lessons.