As part of their preparation for the written A/S Drama exam the year 12 students took part in two theatre visits this term. They saw ‘Le Strada’ at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on Thursday 16th February and ‘Pygmalion’ at Warwick Arts Centre on Thursday 2nd March. The students made detailed notes on the way the productions are put together and in their exam will explain how successful theatre is created.
The annual Christmas Music concert was held at the Academy on 17th December. The performances were wonderful and a big thanks to all the students who helped out with setting up, not forgetting Miss Bywater, Mr Dunphy and Mr Organ.
An evening of amazing performances by students, they really did themselves proud!
On Monday 11th October a small group of dedicated and talented Y8 and Y9 students performed a 30 minute version of THE TEMPEST at the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham City Centre as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Superbly cast, organised and directed by Mrs Jessett, the group were a real credit to our Academy and received very positive praise from the festival organisers and audience.
"It was a great production, with so much attention to detail, teamwork and raw talent. The use of make-up and costumes helped place the characters in the right worlds and make the story clear and accessible to the audience."
On Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st March 2011 KESH Academy performed the musical Oliver! The cast included students of all ages, ranging from year 7 all the way up to year 13. The students had worked hard over many months rehearsing with the Performing Arts faculty three nights a week and even came in on a Saturday for a full dress rehearsal! The students worked fantastically well as a team, supporting each other throughout the process by learning lines together and even singing along with the songs from the wings. The performance told the story of a young boy from a workhouse called Oliver who is sold to a funeral director after he has had the audacity to ask Mr Bumble, the Beadle of the workhouse, for more gruel. Oliver escapes and goes to London where he meets Jack Dawkins, otherwise known as the Artful Dodger, who introduces him to an eccentric old man called Fagin who looks after a troop of pick pockets.
In the care of Dodger and Fagin Oliver is able to make some good friends and find a new life for himself. The students worked extremely hard on the show and should be very proud of their achievements. The play demanded a range of talents from our cast who had to sing, dance as well as learn all their lines. We would like to thank all of the staff from around the school who helped us get the production ready and all the families of the cast who we know have been supporting the performers at home.
Most importantly we want to thank the cast themselves who have been a pleasure to work with throughout the process!
Congratulations to our Year 12 and Year 13 Performing Arts students who created and performed the pantomime ALADDIN. Year 8 students performed as the ‘Panto Babes’ and there was plenty of audience participation, songs, dances and comedy gags for young and old. Here are some pictures of the cast.