Best Theatre Arts gives children plenty of opportunities to try out their new found performance skills.
End of term showings
At the end of the autumn term families of First Class and Best are invited in for a Christmas showing of the term’s work in progress, or for open classes. This is followed by mince pies and coffee, and a festive, fun-filled time is had by all.
The summer term gives us the chance to try some more stretching things –techniques and styles which may prove a huge challenge. To allay their fears we promise the children they don’t have to show their work to their parents, but usually they want to, and always it is a stunning success.
But naturally our major showcases are the annual shows.
Annual shows - First Class
First Class shows are deliberately kept low key, and are based around well known tales, or stories we have especially written for them. This gives the children every chance to give it a go, and they always end with huge rounds of applause, and many a tear in a parents eye!
Annual Shows - Best
The annual Best productions, uniquely, are designed to give every child something worthwhile to do. This means that we often write shows tailor-made for our schools with loads of great songs, dynamic dances and exciting characters. And by giving every school its own show, rather than cramming hundreds of children on to a single stage in a huge theatre, each produces a show to meet its specific needs. So often different schools produce completely different versions of the same play! No other theatre school makes this kind of commitment.
This year (2013) our show is called 'A Night at the Musicals' which will give everyone in the cast plenty of fantastic musical theatre things to be doing!
Our 2011 show was a reworking of Twelfth Night - 'WhatUWill was a rock'n'roll seaside tale of much silliness at Illyria-on-Sea during the Feste Arts Festival. Who says 6 year olds can't do Shakespeare? It was a lovely show with some really memorable moments.
Some pictures from past shows appear below: