Mr Bolton, Head of Performing Arts at Bethany School, gives an update from his department, including exciting news of the return of live performances by our talented pupils.
Dance Pupils Go Totally Nuts!
Twenty enthusiastic dance pupils went to Canterbury to see the New Adventures! “Nutcracker!” This highly innovate and engaging performance enabled our pupils to witness first-hand how contemporary ballet can bring new life into a story many of us may have heard of in the past. Set in a Victorian orphanage the audience are soon whisked away to a frozen lake and finally a magical land filled with sweet treats. “I wasn’t sure what to expect” Year 8 Amy said on seeing the show,“I loved every moment and could not believe how some of the dancers we able to make a story so clear through their movement.” A mixture of KS3 and KS4 pupils attended and the trip with the intention of them applying these skills in their own lessons. Mrs Payne led the trip and was delighted to have provided the group with this opportunity.
Year 10 GCSE Drama Pupils Get Physical
Year 10 GCSE Drama pupils completed their first round of practical assessments with them performing extracts from “Mother Courage”, “Metamorphosis” and “Great Expectations”. Sixteen pupils have been working on bringing these texts to life, applying theatre skills and practices to further engage the audience. Physical Theatre, Epic Theatre and Greek Theatre were expertly performed to ensure these three performances were polished and confidently delivered. The GCSE class will now begin work on their three minute monologue pieces which will be performed in front of an audience. “It’s been a long time,” Head of Drama and Director of Performing Arts Alex Bolton said, “the studio is ready to open its doors again to audiences wishing to watch these amazing actors.”
Music: Subversion Concert Gets Green Light to Go!
Year 11 Music pupils have been working on their end of exam concert. Whilst most exams will be sat in silence, this exam promises to be the loudest ever with top acts from across the school taking part. Year 11 Music pupils are marked on their ability to create, market and set up an entire concert and they have covered all the bases! On Wednesday 23rd March at 7pm the Assembly Hall will open its doors and this promises to be an excellent evening of Bethany Talent at its best.