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    House Plays 2018

    House Plays 2018



    ‘On Wednesday 21st November students from all four houses participated in House Plays 2018 with Mr Spears setting the theme as ‘footsteps’ this year. Swale presented their spectacular version of The Wizard of Oz, Kent wowed us with a rendition of Annie, followed by an excellent adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events from Skerne and finally, Tees took us on a journey to the African Savannah with The Lion KIng. All four houses entertained their audience with a number of notable moments including Swale’s Lottie Finn singing Tomorrow accapella, Jack Gilroy’s uncanny likeness to Jim Carey as his played Count Olaf and Tees’ KC Freeley and Ellis Ditchburn playing the comic duo, Timone and Pumba! It was very apparent that the House Captains, together with the support of their peers, have worked extremely hard to script, create and direct their peers to bring a brilliant day of entertainment for all. House Plays is a challenge which requires our students to use a number of skills including teamwork and problem solving; they are not given assistance by members of staff and so the work which impressed us all so much was completely their own doing!


    It was my pleasure to come in for the day to adjudicate these wonderful productions along with my colleagues Mrs Teasdale and Mr Wilkinson. Choosing the winners of each category was not an easy job but after much deliberation we settled on the following: Best Actor Lily Singleton for Miss Hannigan in Annie, Best Supporting Actor Ellis Ditchburn for Pumba in The Lion KIng, Best Director Emily Farley-Smith for Annie, Best Design Tees for The Lion King, Best Programme and Publicity Macie Bisicker-Peacock for A Series Of Unfortunate Events and finally, Most Improved Amelia Martin for The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz’. This year Kent house was crowned the winner which caused an eruption of applause from the winning house and several ecstatic faces! Well done to all who took part this year both acting and behind the scenes. However, I must also commend the rest of the senior school for being such a supportive and active audience; theatre cannot exist without a fabulous audience and our students certainly rose to the occasion! I look forward to next year with much anticipation!



    Mrs Ashleigh Barker

    Head of Drama and Assistant Head of Performance and Practical Faculty’