The performing arts are alive and well at Sackville!
You may occasionally hear news items about how the pressure of the ‘Ebacc academic’ subjects is squeezing out the creative and performing arts at schools. We are glad to say that is emphatically not the case at Sackville.
On Thursday July 12th our year 8 drama club put on a demanding performance of Willy Russell’s ‘Our Day Out‘. This was a challenging piece to choose with a lot of dialogue to memorise, but the team carried it off with panache and a strong sense of comic timing. They only have an hour on Mondays after school to do this, and the quality of the drama was testament to their efforts and the organising power of Mrs Carrick.
This was followed by our year 9 performing arts students’ interpretation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical ‘13‘, about the perennial themes of friendship and coming of age. Smooth multi-rolling allowed everyone to have a large part, and the standard was astonishing for such a young cast. Thank you to Ms Warran for her work in directing this superb show.
Friday saw the turn of the Year 7 Drama Club, who performed a hilarious version of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘. Long a children’s favourite, this interpretation was particularly enriched by the comedic abilities these young performers showed. Overall it was a great perfromance from the whole cast. We’d like to thank year 12 student Melissa Turner for giving up so many evenings to direct the piece. Well done to everyone involved!
As Mrs Beasley returns from maternity leave, and we gear up for another spectacular show next spring (can’t wait already!), it’s safe to say the performing arts are in rude health here at Sackville!