Welling­ton take to stage

Ayrshire Post - - CHEF’S CORNER -

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

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