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