The Curtain Closes on an Exciting First Term for Performing Arts Students

18 December 2018

With the end of term nearly complete, here is a summary of our Performing Arts student’s performances, events and projects so far.

Year 1 Performing Arts Acting students spent some of their first term creating an ensemble piece of theatre based on anti-bullying – a performance called “Woke”, which was performed at the New York Stadium for 12 local primary schools. The performance was in collaboration with The Anti-Bullying Company, a company dedicated to sharing good practice and education about the impact of bullying.

Musical Theatre and Dance students worked with Sarah Hobson Entertainment and threw themselves into their “Winter Showcase” performance, with pieces inspired by Lady Ga Ga and Kinky Boots the musical. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to express themselves personally on stage, as well as addressing difficult themes through song and dance.

The Performing Arts department also worked with the Principal of Razzamataz Theatre Schools Sheffield, with a view to put together some interesting projects in the near future, as well as internationally renowned choreographer Joss Arnott Dance. The aim of the workshop was to show students the ability to create a dance structure that allowed them to play, explore and discover performance in a great way.

Year 2 Actors have additionally been working hard on a dystopian nightmare or contemporary thriller set in the present day. Set in Manchester, the piece involves one hundred chicken nuggets, dice and an alien that does not speak!

Level 3 students will continue to work with Arts Educational drama school London (LIPA), Northern Contemporary Dance Company, professional agents, voice coaches and Anita Gilbert from Speakeasy Voice and Accent Coaching, Sheffield. Dancers will also perform at Nexus Dance Festival Doncaster, as well as having the chance to see Kiss Me Kate at Sheffield Theatres.

Next year highlights include a trip to the Institute of the Arts Barcelona in Sitges in April, as well as a scholarship for one lucky student to their Summer School. National Theatre Connections Festival 2019 will also be a visit at Sheffield Theatres in March, with a world premiere of a musical called The Sad Club by actor and writer Luke Barnes, who has acted in TV series, Game of Thrones. Finally yet importantly, Performing Arts students plan to perform their own musical in May to complete an immense year of performance!

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