Do you hear the schol­ars sing? Pupils’ theatre trip to Lon­don

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» A GROUP of Dean Close Prepara­tory School schol­ars trav­elled to Lon­don to visit the mu­si­cal Les Misérables.

The schol­ars, pupils who demon­strate a par­tic­u­lar ap­ti­tude for a cho­sen dis­ci­pline whether that is mu­sic, art, drama, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy or are aca­demic; vis­ited the set, scenes and cos­tume de­part­ment whil also en­joy­ing a fan­tas­tic drama work­shop and the per­for­mance it­self.

Through­out the day the pupils were im­mersed in the his­tory of the story.

They learnt about the poverty in France in 1815, two decades af­ter the French Rev­o­lu­tion.

The pupils learnt that it took 24 hours for the French army of 2,000 to de­feat the stu­dents who demon­strated pas­sion­ate com­mit­ment to their cause.

The chil­dren were also al­lowed on stage and saw the small space ac­tors had to work in, the in­tri­cate set de­tails, cos­tumes of the lead­ing mem­bers of the cast and they learnt how the cos­tumes were chem­i­cally treated to give them the worn look which was pre­served through hun­dreds of per­for­mances. Dur­ing the work­shop pupils were guided through the fi­nal bat­tle scene.

Direc­tor of mu­sic Lynne Lawrence said “It was a fan­tas­tic day Watch­ing them rein­act the bat­tle scene nearly bought me to tears.”

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