This January saw our third annual event of the Evening of Theatre. This event gives students something to work towards as they dedicate themselves to extra-curricular clubs each week. It has also offered our younger students (Years 7 & 8) the opportunity to build their confidence, perform with friends and get involved in a whole school event. So another mini musical was created; an abridged and adapted version of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’.

The incredibly strong cast was made up of forty Year 7 & 8 students. Abigail, a year 7 student, shone as Simba with her strong vocal performance and superb characterisation. Starring alongside her as Nala was year 7 student Evie – creatively mischievous and scary, using detailed facial expressions perfectly. Other stand out principal roles included Mufasa (year 7 Sam), Rafiki (year 7 Imogen) and Scar (year 8 Lydia).

Another special mention should go to the incredibly funny Timon played by the very talented Molly, Jessica as Pumba who also gave a confident, comedic performance and Tilda as the kings major domo, Zazu.

As well as the mini musical, the Evening of Theatre provided the opportunity to enjoy the work of another 100 pupils from upper school musical theatre club, lower school drama club and A level & GCSE exam pieces. Stand out performances included year 13 student Charlie, who sang ‘Waving Through a Window’ and the cast of upper school musical theatre club who showcased a knockout performance of ‘You Will Be Found’; both songs from the new BIG musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. Year 10’s showcased some exceptional work they have developed in lessons based on the stimulus Gangs, whilst A Level Drama students performed scripts from A Mid-Summer Nights Dream and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in the style of Physical Theatre.

Head of Drama and Dance, Emily Bonsall, said, “Our Evening of Theatre created a real buzz around the school and I was so impressed with the talent and commitment displayed by our students. It was great to build on the wonderful work of previous performances including our summer 2018 production of Footloose.”