L Mitchell (Director of Drama) and M Sammy (Director of Music)
The Performing Arts at Catmose College have had another successful and full year, giving many opportunities to the students to get involved in performance. Below is a review of some of those opportunities:
In September, seven Year 11 students were invited to perform a Murder Mystery Play at the Castle in Oakham which was thoroughly enjoyed by the community.
The annual Christmas Concert was held at Oakham’s All Saints Church and consisted of around 200 students. A number of ensembles performed some excellent pieces of music which were directed by the different peripatetic teachers. The evening consisted of an array of drama and musical items with a selection of carols which were sung by the congregation and accompanied by the Catmose Choir and Orchestra.
In February, Catmose had the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the Curve Theatre, Leicester. A cast of seven students performed the musical ‘Phantom Love’ written by a local playwright Tracey Dene Powell. Another 100 students performed in the Orchestra, Choir, and gave poetry recitals and solos to full and appreciative audiences. Later in July, the ‘Phantom Love’ students also performed several times at the WW1 Commemoration Event ‘Mobilisation’ at Kendrew Barracks.
Over 150 Year 7 students visited London in January to see the West End musical ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and to take part in a workshop at Pineapple studios. Each of the forms then sang and choreographed a song, performing twice to an audience of over 500 primary school children, parents and students on the Hellerup staircase in June. This was our most successful Year 7 production ever, with a host of talented students getting the opportunity to perform solo roles.
One of the highlights of the year was the performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Catmose Theatre (three evenings and one matinee performance). The cast numbered around 100 students from Years 8 and 9 performing on stage. Students also ran the technical side of the theatre, headed up by our AV Technician Daniel Bond. Older students were also involved in creating and teaching the choreography for this production. We were privileged to have an outstanding principal cast performing to a very high standard.
This was followed in July by the Performing Arts Tour to Costa Brava, Spain. 43 students from Years 9 – 11 performed in different venues around the area. The response to the solo and group performances was excellent.
During the summer holidays, Katie Marshall performed two incredible solos at the Centenary event at Easton-on-the-Hill.
James Barlow, Andrew Parsons and Mel Potts were all a tremendous help and support with Music and Drama throughout the year, both within the class and with extra-curricular activities.
We look forward to the Community Summer Showcase in July 2015.