The incredible talents of Year 7–8 students were showcased in the Preparatory School production, Stories from the Stage, which played to delighted audiences in late June.
The show was a celebration of the ways in which stories can be brought to life through singing, dance and drama. The 200 students involved were split into two casts, technical, and backstage crews. Each cast performed some of the classics of musical theatre, such as Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast, and Hard Knock Life from Annie, along with some devised drama pieces, conceived by the students and Director, and Drama and Dance teacher, Ginnie Thorner. “Each of the dance and drama pieces had specific skills the students had to develop, regardless of whether they were a regular performer or a novice. Auditions for roles were held within each class, with a large number of students able to try their hand at a speaking or singing role.”
Ginnie says she was proud of the way the students rose to the challenge of learning dance for the musical theatre pieces, which required a high level of discipline and energy.
Creating a show for such a significant number of students was a huge task, and Ginnie was backed by a supportive team, including Sylvia Campbell (costumes), Head of Music, Duncan Ferguson, Head of Drama and Dance, Laurence Wiseman, and Drama teacher, Natasha Derry, along with many other volunteer helpers.
“This production was about giving students the experience of being on stage. While some already love performing, for other students very new to the stage, it could well be the start of something they wish to continue,” says Ginnie.