Wellington take to stage
Pupils at Wellington School in Ayr are busy rehearsing for their latest musical production - Les Miserables.
And it promises to be a sell- out show.
Extra curricular activities are important to the pupils and staff at Wellington School.
The school believe that education goes beyond the classroom and consequently, every child is given the opportunity to explore a wide range of activities that stimulate their creativity and curiosity, and enable them to grow in confidence and develop as young people.
Pupils may not be examined in all of these areas, but by striving to provide its pupils with exposure to a wide range of extracurricular activities, Wellington gives them an outlet to shine.
This is particularly evident in the performing arts - from dance, music production, acting, stage design, singing and recitation to playing musical instruments in the school’s orchestras, the talent of boys and girls is nurtured from the youngest primary years right through to the end of senior school.
Wellington Youth Theatre Group’s 2015 production of Chess, a Tim Rice musical inspired by the Cold War, was an example of multidisciplinary teamwork.
The show was staged at Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre and audiences were uplifted and moved by powerful performances on three consecutive nights.
For the team, the pupils are the real inspiration for any of the productions, bringing the enthusiasm, the commitment and the creativity which sees them test their skills in front of an audience on the big stage.
And West Side Story was another sell out success for the pupils.
Recently, excitement reverberated around the school as dancers from P6 to S6 introduced Wellington’s first ever dance showcase, presenting a varied repertoire of tap, ballet and modern pieces to a rapturous audience.
Dance Captain and Head Girl, Naomi Hunter, is an ambassador for dance at the school and is responsible for leading dances and mentoring other pupils, many of whom choreographed their own pieces.
Naomi said: “Dance teaches discipline, confidence and control which are important life skills.
“It is also a great way to make friends, while allowing you to be creative, express yourself and have pride in your achievements.”
Rehearsing with half an orchestra is not the norm but such a feat is not to be shied away from at Wellington.
Starring roles Pupils perform West Side Story
Sell out The pupils staged the musical Chess