4th July 2019
It has been a busy year for the performing arts at Wychwood this year, and I have been so impressed by the level of participation and enthusiasm I have witnessed. As a new member of staff, I have also been completely thrilled with the fabulous welcome I have received from staff and girls alike. Thank you for making me feel at home.
In November we presented Wychwood Remembers – an outstanding evening of drama, poetry, song, dance and music. It was such a fabulous tribute evening and a fitting way to mark our respect for those who fought for our freedom. It was the first time Drama Club had performed together and I was really proud of their teamwork and their performance.
NT Live Screenings
Thanks to a generous donation of a new cyclorama from Friends of Wychwood, we joined the National Theatre’s schools streaming service and have since had screenings of The NT productions of Frankenstein and Jane Eyre
In November Study Shell and UT Drama went to The New Theatre to watch the London touring production of the musical Blood Brothers. It was a great show, of particular interest to the drama GCSE girls who were able to review the show for their written examination.
Drama GCSE girls also combined with the English Literature classes to see a musical version of Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest – both at The Water Mill Theatre in Newbury.
We are already looking forward to watching An Inspector Calls and Six in the Autumn
Anne of Green Gables
In December we held auditions for Anne of Green Gables. As there was so much talent at the auditions, it made choosing main parts really hard, so we made the decision to do the show over two nights and double the cast!
We performed the show at the beginning of May to packed houses on both nights. The girls excelled themselves with their commitment and professionalism.
We had a record number of candidates entered for this year’s LAMDA examinations. It was a long and exacting day and the girls did exceptionally well to manage the demands of the day and of the examiner.
All of the girls received pass grades – 11 passing with Merit and 2 passing with Distinction.
Congratulations to Mabel Kinnings and Ella Arroyo (Distinction)
The following girls were awarded their LAMDA medals:
Bronze Medal winner Grace Wilkinson Silver medal winner Rosie Moss, Victoria Boehner, Ella Frost.
Gold Medal winner Ella Arroyo
Performing Arts Evening
This was a really fabulous evening, with musical performances, solo and duo drama pieces and dance. The girls were very professional in their approach and really supportive of each other on and off stage.
At last I got a chance to witness this much- talked-about event! As the girls themselves were responsible for every aspect of the plays, I was able to sit back and enjoy the results. I was so impressed by the energy and the chaos and the fun that this event generated and can now see why it is a highlight of the school calendar.
In March our Shell Drama group performed their examination pieces Things I Know to Be True and Five Kinds of Silence to an invited audience and the external examiner. I was delighted by their performances, but mostly delighted by the girls’ professional and thoughtful handling of some very hard-hitting material.
Once again the girls took charge of organising and mounting a truly entertaining evening with some surprise guest judges and a fabulous range of acts.
This year’s cross curricular project title was The Georgians, which was an opportunity for the whole school to join in the celebration and exploration of another exciting topic, culminating in a public performance at the end of term.
I had no idea when I joined the school just how much enthusiasm and talent there was at Wychwood. It is such a joy to work with the girls and watch them perform knowing, as I do from experience, how important these skills are now and how important they will be for them in the future.