Rehearsals involving pupils of all ages are underway as plans develop to perform three plays before Easter.
The first major pupil production at Ellesmere College’s Arts Centre will be the Middle School play, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. The play involves pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 and is being performed as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival. Richard Boswell, Director of the Ellesmere College Arena Arts Programme commented, ‘I am delighted that for a third year the School is participating in this national festival. Two performances will take place in the School’s Arts Centre on 7th and 8th February before the play is taken to Oakengates Theatre, Telford on Friday 9th February.’
Year 7 and 8 pupils from Ellesmere College’s Lower School are also busily rehearsing for their play, Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’, adapted by David Wood, which will be performed on the evenings of 21st and 22nd February. This play promises to be another vibrant, musical and dramatic spectacular, produced by the same team who were responsible for the hugely successful 2006 performance of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ During the morning of 22nd February, an additional performance will take place at the School for local primary schools.
Towards the end of term, ass part of the 2007 Royal National Theatre Connections Festival, a Sixth Form cast will perform a ‘Ruckus in the Garden’ by David Farr. With echoes of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this hilarious contemporary farce examines attitudes to life, love and class. In previous years, the School has been successful in gaining performances at The Lowry, Manchester and this year’s Sixth Form are working together to achieve this again. Initial performances will occur on 20th, 21st and 22nd March in the College Arts Centre and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Richard Boswell added, ‘Here at Ellesmere College we have a team of dedicated teachers who invest much time in the preparation of plays, films, concerts and exhibitions. Their enthusiasm and hard work creates a very supportive framework for the involvement of many of our pupils in the arts, behind the scenes as well as on stage.’
15th January 2007
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