Throughout the course of the year all students in Years 4-6 perform in a Drama and Music showcase performance.
The Showcases are designed to give every child an opportunity to perform in front of an audience and to demonstrate some of the skills that they have learnt in Drama and Music lessons.
The Year 4 showcase, in the Spring Term, took the challenge of educating its audience in the history of theatre by putting on The Adventures of Drama Man!. Such a task was both brave and ambitious, but the Year 4s managed to guide their audience through Greek Theatre to Elizabethan Theatre to Victorian Theatre and into the more contemporary theatre of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Drama was accompanied by some skilful musicians, and all pupils performed with confidence and skill to an audience of 100+ in the Pre-Prep hall.
The Summer Term saw the turn of the Year 5 showcase: The Life of Bob. This performance, portraying the life story of a character called Bob, was told using Trestle Masks. Trestle masks require the actors to embrace the characters they are playing through body language and mime. This advanced and difficult skill was brilliantly delivered by the students of Year 5 and they created a very successful evening. Over the course of the evening fourteen musical soloists performed with great ability.
In November Year 6 took to the stage to perform The Boy Who Fell into a Book. The play was loosely based around Alan Ayckbourn’s play, which tells the story of Kevin, an avid reader, who falls into his favourite book. Kevin embarks on a journey that sees him ‘jump’ from book to book in a desperate attempt to reveal the identity of his favourite detective’s archenemy and thus ‘save the world’.
In Cheam’s production the audience were taken on a whirlwind adventure through some of the greatest scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver! and Grease. Fantastic music accompanied the drama, which was highly impressive and successful. A total of 13 brave soloists performed, with three class instrumental pieces and four class songs also being performed. All 56 students in Year 6 played a part in the drama and music on show, and they created a hugely exciting and entertaining performance that was superbly supported by parents, friends and staff.
“The only bad thing about the Year 6 Showcase is that now it’s over.”