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Not only are drama and music taught academically, along with dance and backstage roles there are many co-curricular ways to develop an interest in the performing arts. Recent performances have included:
We produce a variety of small and full-scale productions every year either on our purpose-built stage or, on occasion, in professional settings such as Leatherhead Theatre. Opportunities are open to all and so our productions offer a great atmosphere for younger and older pupils to socialise whilst creating spectacular shows.
We are fortunate in being supported by professionals in stage management, lighting, costume, programme design and makeup as well as London/West End-based performers and choreographers. Generally, large-scale musicals alternate with ‘straight’ plays while the smaller productions are often linked to academic exam work.
Pupils are also frequently entered for drama competitions, such as the Kingston Festival. During the year various professionally-led workshops take place covering areas such as stage combat, pantomime and melodrama.
The Choir meets every week and performs a range of choral pieces, from oratorio to show songs and pop. They perform in assemblies and concerts and have given the first performances of works composed specifically for them.
Instrumental ensembles include the Wind Ensemble, School Orchestra and School Rock Band. There is also a Music Technology club and rock and pop music making is encouraged with an annual festival. An annual workshop run by the London Community Gospel Choir offers a different repertoire.
The House music competitions are adjudicated by those from the entertainment business (X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing or supporting Kylie Minogue, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson). Musical performances are also vital to many of the School’s annual dates, such as Christmas, Summer Meeting and Remembrance.
Dance and Backstage
The PE department teach dance and run a dance club throughout the year. Pupils can also perform choregraphed works within the larger productions and musicals.
Pupils can take on various other roles including creating costumes, supporting the technical crews (lighting, sound and projections) and designing marketing materials.
LAMDA and Instrumental Lessons
Pupils may take LAMDA exams in Speech and Drama under the guidance of our specialist teacher including an annual concert. Specialist tuition is also available in a range of instruments and voice with pupils acheiving excellent exam results.