Performing Arts Academy
Our Performing Arts Academy takes place every Monday evening and is run akin to a theatre school. Over the last few years, it has become an institution within school with over a quarter of the school roll attending. During the evening, we run many sessions and pupils are able to choose between a whole variety of activities such as Wind Band, Dance Classes (junior and senior), Tech Club (theatre sound and lighting), Community singing, Script-writing, Improvisation, Individual music practice, Rock Band. Both dinner and prep are built into our programme.
(Above) Pupils and staff of our Performing Arts Academy. (Below) Matilda, performed in 2023.
However, our large-scale, whole school musical is the pinnacle of the Academy’s year and also rehearses on Monday nights. Since the Academy’s inception, some of the musicals we have performed include Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables, Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Annie, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz. This year's production was 'Matilda' (pictured above).
We also have produced large dramatic plays such as The Crucible, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Great Expectations. Many of our Academy pupils also decide to direct their own productions as part of their EPQ projects and the Academy supports all of these productions.