Drama

Exciting news this week as the girls have been auditioning for the Lower School production, which has the working title of a ‘Midsummer Mash Up’. With perfect timing in what happens to be Shakespeare Week, Mrs Horton today announced the cast list before the hard work begins in earnest with rehearsals next term.

 

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Forget the Oscars next month, the real battle for dramatic accolades took place on Monday in the Assembly Hall! Austen, Frank and Pankhurst Houses took to the stage to perform fairy-tale themed pantomimes in front of the judging panel ; Mrs McGarry (Head of English) , Katie Hamilton (Wellington College LAMDA teacher), and ex girl Becca Gwyther who is a successful theatre director and producer. All the hard work that the lower school actresses have put in since Christmas, under the guidance of their directors and writers of the upper sixth team, came to fruition as they entertained an excited audience for the afternoon. Pankhurst were overall winners, scooping five awards including Best Director, Best Programme and Best overall Performance for their rendition of ‘Ali Baba and the eleven Thieves’. Austen won Best Newcomer for First Former Phoebe’s performance in ‘Dick Whittington’, and First Former Robyn was given Best Actor for an outstanding portrayal of Jack in ‘Jack in Beanstalk’ for Frank.

Mrs Horton congratulated everyone on what she felt was the strongest House Drama performances that she has seen, and she commented on the impressive professionalism both on stage and behind the scenes. Here is a full summary of the winners:

Best Director : Fifth Former Lucy for Ali Baba (Pankhurst)

Best Actor : First Former Robyn for Jack & the Beanstalk (Frank)

Best Ensemble : Dick Whittington (Austen)

Best Technical : Jack & the Beanstalk (Frank)

Best Use of Movement : Ali Baba (Pankhurst)

Best Creative Concept : Ali Baba (Pankhurst)

Best Programme : Ali Baba (Pankhurst)

Best Costumes and Props : Jack & the Beanstalk (Frank)

Best Overall Performance : Ali Baba (Pankhurst)House-Drama-Montage

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The Prospero Theatre Company transported Fifth Formers to 1950s’ Brooklyn and the close knit Italian community of Red Hook, as they explored various aspects of Arthur Miller’s drama ‘A View From The Bridge’. This is a set text for the English Literature IGCSE and in order to identify and empathise more closely with the play’s characters and themes of illegal immigration, justice and the law and masculinity, the girls undertook a range of tasks both in and out of character.

Ms Teasdale shared photos from the Third Form Technology students’ visit to the Ideal Home Show last week, where they were inspired by cutting edge innovations in Food, Textiles and Design. ‘The exhibition showcases the many opportunities available for those who are interested in pursuing a career in these specialist areas,’ she says.

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We are delighted to show you a highlight reel from the spectacular and ground breaking whole school production of Les Misérables last week, which many of our community were fortunate enough to see during the 5 performance run. Details on how to order a DVD of the production can be found at the end of this post.

The feedback has been sensational and reflects the commitment, passion and talent of the girls who took part whether on stage, in the band or as part of the brilliantly efficient and professional back stage and technical crew.

 “It was without a doubt the best school production I have ever been to see……and I have been utterly blown away by this.”

 “Each and every girl sang so beautifully and with such emotion in it.  Truly brilliant.”

 “It was absolutely superb – and what an amazing store of talent the school has to choose from!”

“It was a total triumph to achieve such an innovative and convincing interpretation with an all-female cast. “

“I was blown away by how good it was – every girl was strong, from the main characters to all the smaller parts. The depth of emotion and intensity shown on stage was incredible, as was the cast’s ability to sustain that throughout the performance.”

“It was a monumental undertaking, creating a staggeringly brilliant show, leaving no stone unturned, the memories of which I know will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

Just a few of the comments from audience members who enjoyed the show.

The Band were phenomenal, underscoring the action with sensitivity and professionalism for what amounts to a 2 and a half hour score. There was, unsurprisingly, an abundance of admiration and appreciation for their talent and resilience in sustaining such a high standard of musicality throughout.

The girls on stage performed with authenticity and commitment drawing the audience into their divided and revolutionary world. Every member of the company brought focus and belief to their role and we could not be prouder of them.

Well done Prior’s Field for another smash hit! We wait in eager anticipation for the release of the DVD in the New Year! If you would like to order a copy of the production on DVD you can download the order form here, once complete the form should be sent direct to CLproductions.

*to view the highlight reel in HD change the settings on the video tool bar to 1080p HD

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Drama students began the week by performing at Waverley Abbey Junior School, to Year 6 students who have been studying Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Several of the Year 6 pupils had seen Prior’s Field girls in action last week at G Live, when 33 of our First to Fourth Formers delivered a simply spine-tingling performance from ‘The Scottish Play’, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Such was the quality of the experience, to quote Mrs Kirnig, ‘It was hard to believe you were watching school children on stage’. From the cloying evil of the Three Witches in billowing, black cloaks, to the tension of the precarious relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and Macduff’s terrible grief at the deaths of his family, the performances were mature and captivating. Girls sang and mimed, and innovative staging and costume enabled cast members in effect to morph from trees and castle walls to a cauldron.

Later in the week, staff and students tip-toed past the Drama Studio, as 19 girls performed before a RADA assessor, most for their Bronze Award.

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The stage lit up with electric Eighties performances on Thursday evening with our student led Cabaret which one reviewer described as “ comedy and song, along with a dash of theatre, all mixed up into a delicious cocktail of 1980s pizzaz “ From vibrant renditions of such classics as ‘Every breath you take’ and ‘Footloose’ to light-hearted sketches paying homage to comedians such as Billy Connolly and Victoria Wood, extracts from theatre works Top Girls and Once we are Mothers and a pop-tastic pub quiz.

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RADA Shakespeare results: Miss Headley was head over heels with joy as the message came in of 100% pass rate and 7 girls achieving distinction in their Messenger exams.

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Do you hear the pupils sing? It’s not long now until Prior’s Field will be filled with the wonderful music from Les Misérables. We  “Dreamed a Dream”, and now are thrilled that this is our Upper School, with a few Lower School girls added to boost our numbers of beggars, Production for 2017. With a cast of around eighty, a student band and a team of technical and backstage girls, we are extremely fortunate and honoured to have the opportunity to present this ground-breaking show. We are working in close liaison with Cameron Mackintosh’s production company, so as a school we’re not “On My Own”. The performance dates are November 21 – 23: we are absolutely confident there will be no “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”. Non, mesdames at messieurs, this will be the sell-out our girls thoroughly deserve.

Tickets are £10 each and are available to buy from our online box office www.priorsfield.eventbrite.co.uk

Les Miserables

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Do you hear the pupils sing? It’s not long now until Prior’s Field will be filled with the wonderful music from Les Misérables. We  “Dreamed a Dream”, and now are thrilled that this is our Upper School, with a few Lower School girls added to boost our numbers of beggars, Production for 2017. With a cast of around eighty, a student band and a team of technical and backstage girls, we are extremely fortunate and honoured to have the opportunity to present this ground-breaking show. We are working in close liaison with Cameron Mackintosh’s production company, so as a school we’re not “On My Own”. The performance dates are November 21 – 23: we are absolutely confident there will be no “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”. Non, mesdames at messieurs, this will be the sell-out our girls thoroughly deserve.

Tickets are £10 each and are available to buy from our online box office www.priorsfield.eventbrite.co.uk

Les Miserables

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Drama was particularly abuzz this week, with 19 girls taking part in RADA assessments on Monday and over 30 pupils rehearsing at G Live on Tuesday for the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Their forthcoming performance of Macbeth at G Live will take place on Tuesday 7 November: see Shakespeares Schools for further details, including which other schools will be performing with Prior’s Field. Do come, support the girls and enjoy a great evening.