An end of year feast of music and drama
Dance introduces to Chesham Grammar School’s annual house contest
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.”