An end of year feast of mu­sic and drama

Dance in­tro­duces to Che­sham Gram­mar School’s an­nual house con­test

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL’S NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

CHE­SHAM Gram­mar School held its an­nual in house mu­sic and drama com­pe­ti­tion re­cently.

As usual at the end of the sum­mer term at Che­sham Gram­mar School, in White Hill, there was great ex­cite­ment with the ap­proach of the House Mu­sic and House Drama com­pe­ti­tions.

Au­di­tions were held at the be­gin­ning of May just be­fore year 12 be­gan their AS ex­am­i­na­tion leave and ev­ery­one was very busy dur­ing their morn­ing and lunch breaks re­hears­ing and pre­par­ing for the fi­nal au­di­tion af­ter the re­calls had been de­cided.

There were very few weeks to put the shows to­gether af­ter year 12 re­turned to school when the ex­ams were over, but once again the mu­sic and drama de­part­ments were hives of ac­tiv­ity dur­ing break and lunch times to make sure these were shows to re­mem­ber.

The year 12 stu­dents were in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of the pro­duc­tions, mak­ing the de­ci­sions about light­ing, sound, stag­ing, or­gan­is­ing a back­stage team and li­ais­ing with the tech crew.

The mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion was di­vided into four cat­e­gories in­clud­ing clas­si­cal solo, mu­si­cal theatre, rock and pop and freestyle-choirs.

This year marked the in­au­gu­ral in­clu­sion of dance as a com­pan­ion to the feast of drama pieces and a very high stan­dard was set with some com­plex, daz­zling chore­og­ra­phy which drew out many hid­den tal­ents.

The per­for­mances in­volved pupils from year seven to year 12 and it was a great show­case for col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the age groups.

The even­tual win­ner of the House Mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion was Franklin House and the House Drama com­pe­ti­tion was won by Austen House.

The year 12 stu­dents said that they could not be­lieve it had been five years since they were the year sev­ens at the front of the choir and it felt gen­uinely like “noth­ing’s changed at all’”

This was the cul­mi­na­tion of the an­nual friendly in­ter­house com­pe­ti­tion which be­gan with sports day on July 4.

Head of drama Heather May said: “It’s a plea­sure to see these young peo­ple de­vel­op­ing their pas­sion, rive and artistry as they ma­ture into adults.”

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