THEATRE PERFORMANCE AT SEDBERGH SCHOOL
Performance, design, technical theatre and being a member of an audience are all essential elements of our performance work at Sedbergh.
Working closely with The Music Department we stage a major musical every 2 years in the Michaelmas term, previous shows have included Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof and in 2019 we will be bringing you Oliver!
On the alternate years we put on equally demanding shows such as A Christmas Carol and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We currently work with The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal to stage the Michaelmas Term show, this is very exciting for the pupils as they get to work in a professional setting.
Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare
Original script (based on Euripides the Bacchae) written for the school by Naomi Lidiard
In the Lent and Summer terms Years 9 and 10 are able to work on a second production which is staged in our very own Arden Theatre, a fantastic space that seats just over 100. This show demands the same level of commitment and skill as the Michaelmas Term show and means that junior pupils get to play main parts and take on proper responsibilities. We are currently working on ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat’ other shows have included, for example, the intense and haunting ‘Agave’ a take on Euripides ‘The Bacchae’.
One of the things we are most proud of at Sedbergh is the fact that pupils are involved at every level of production: Stage Management, Set and Props, Costume Making, Hair and Makeup, Lighting, Sound and for older pupils there are chances to Assistant Direct.
For performers auditions are open and friendly and we encourage as many pupils to take part as possible. There is no ‘clique’ the team ethos is very important, and pupils know that they might have a main part this year, play in the ensemble the next and that both are equally important to the success of the production.
All of our productions are supported by outstanding professional input from choreographers to movement directors to technicians and designers.
In addition to the main school plays all of Year 9 start their school career here at Sedbergh with a House Drama contest, this is always really good fun and hotly contested! The House Prefects work with the pupils and as a bonding exercise it is fantastic.
Other opportunities for performance over the year come in the form of House Ents and the hugely popular Dance Challenge at the end of the summer Term