At the beginning of 2019, the Year 11s from each House randomly selected an envelope that contained an image with the phrase “and that’s what really happened”. These combinations were to be the foundation of the planning, development and presentation of their House Arts productions.

Many months later, once all the scripting, rehearsing and revisions had been done, the performance night marked the culmination of not only a year’s worth of preparation for the Year 11 leaders, but a full school week of rehearsal and work by every member of each House. The packed auditorium showed immense appreciation for the effort, passion and talent on display – each aspect of the performances led and run entirely by our students.

The judges across the five areas of Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Art were full of praise for the cohesiveness, camaraderie and creativity on display. After yet another close battle, Beaulieu Blair were victorious. House Captains Charlotte Murdoch and Emma Robertson were thrilled to accept the Michael Bond House Arts Trophy, thanking all involved.

2020 sees another fresh challenge with an exciting new pack to be released to the Year 11 cohort mid-Term 1. The performance evening will take place on Thursday 3 December 2020.

The next production to hit the Dorothy Pizzey stage is the 2020 Senior Musical, Freaky Friday. Rehearsals are well underway and the cast are already really enjoying the complexities of the music, dance numbers and exploring the humour in the script.

“When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just 24 hours before Mom’s big wedding to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is an hilarious, contemporary update of the classic story, in which a mother and daughter see what it means to be a family while experiencing each other’s lives firsthand, if only for a day.

Set in the present day, Freaky Friday features a tuneful pop-rock score, befitting a work that has effortlessly updated throughout its several iterations. Warm-hearted, humorous and touching, this fresh take on the classic story is perfect for family audiences of all ages.”

Performance dates for 2020 are as follows:

Thursday 30 April, 6.30pm

Friday 1 May, 6.30pm

Saturday 2 May, 4.00pm

Bookings will open at the end of Term 1, so watch this space!

Mr James Brown, Head of Performing Arts