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Performing Arts Update

By 16 December 2021No Comments

It has been a very busy term for Performing Arts with rehearsals, performances and theatre trips. The Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Trip was a great opportunity for our students to watch a live show, before their own Performance Evening, especially our Year 10 students who were inspired to further develop their own devised pantomime, using Brechtian techniques. All students (and staff!) enjoyed the experience enormously with lots of audience participation and laughter.

Sleeping Beauty

In October, students were delighted to attend a music trip to the Victoria Hall to watch a mesmerising Concert by Chetham’s School of Music. It was a wonderful afternoon of solo and ensemble pieces and students were inspired by the stunning performances. Year 11’s Caden said “The professionalism and regal nature of experiencing such high quality classical music live was extremely inspiring to me as a student planning to work in theatre.” Maryam added, “The standard of the ensemble was amazing. It gave me goosebumps!”

Students enjoyed another theatre trip to Bolton School where they watched a compelling performance of Clockwork, performed in the Great Hall. This was an adaptation of and departure from Anthony Burgess’ novel, A Clockwork Orange. A senior school production, performed by students from years 10-13, the play focused on what it is like to wish to make a change in a world that is run by adults. Congratulations to all the cast for a bold and thought-provoking piece of theatre.

Our own KS4 Performance Evening took place on 7th December at Sharples Theatre and included some gritty performances, including excerpts from Othello, Metamorphosis, A Doll’s House and Blood Brothers. Congratulations and well done to all students who took part, including the cast of Grease who gave us a sneaky preview of next year’s school production. 

Othello and Grease rehearsals will continue in the new year for our forthcoming school productions in 2022. Watch this space for further details! 

Reminder: Don’t forget, if you’d like your child to learn a musical instrument or have vocal lessons, please contact a.stevens@sharplesschool.co.uk for further details.