Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th saw the year 8 & 9 drama pupils perform their Christmas production of Lewis Carroll’s weird and wonderful Alice in Wonderland. Forty five girls took part and were on the stage the whole time, as they took turns becoming the set (the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party table and the rabbit hole tunnel) and a variety of hilarious characters such as the caterpillar, Father William and the turtles. There were excellent performances from everyone but special mention must go to Alice (Sophia Thomson- her wonderful singing voice and so perfectly cast for this role) the mad bad Queen of Hearts (Mahjabin Mamun), the Mad Hatter and March Hare (Rosie Robinson and Freya Sharpe- what wonderful facial expressions!)
Many thanks to Mrs Corner and Miss Dodd for all their hard work in producing this lovely end of term performance-the girls’ enthusiasm, the bright costumes and wonderful direction coupled with an excellent ensemble cast, meant this was a real success. Many thanks also to Chris Capon for his technical help, Val Brennan, Catherine Marshall, Julia Mayall and all the other associate and teaching staff who have helped with organisation and costumes.
Written by Mrs Cleary
Congratulations to all 190 performers, taking part in our 2 Christmas concerts this week. 15 different choirs, orchestras, ensembles and bands were heard singing and playing much festive music to a packed hall each night.
There were so many highlights each evening it is difficult to choose what to mention here, but for me they were 2nd orchestra’s ‘Surprise Symphony’, Jazz Band’s funk ‘Sidewinder’ piece, 1st Orchestra’s ‘Downton Abbey’, Senior Choir and Flute Ensemble’s ‘Carol of the bells’, chamber choir’s ‘Eternity’ and ‘Ceremony of Carols’ and of course Junior Choir’s show stealer ‘Christmas on the beach at Waikiki’ and ‘One candle’ at the end with all the choirs. Not forgetting String Orchestra’s Double violin concerto by Bach – with fantastic soloists Harriet W and Valerie M. And of course all of the sixth form conductors and leaders of ensembles, and the sublime duet from Handel’s Messiah sung by two talented Y13 students Eleanor and Amelia.
There are souvenir programmes for all girls to collect from the hall piano and can’t wait to hear some of this music again in our church carol service at St Mary’s in Bowdon.
The Y7, 8 and 9 Christmas Enterprise markets have been bigger and better than ever before! The Hall was bustling with Christmas shoppers looking to buy a Christmas bargain. Crafts ranged from couture cupcakes to bath salts, Christmas trees made from newspaper, Emoji biscuits & cards, homemade fudge, candle holders and Father Christmas pompom keyrings.
The talent has been outstanding and we still have one more week to go.
A share of the money raised will go to supporting this Terms charity, Shelter Box.
Well done to all the girls so far!
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 7pm
Tickets available from reception
£7 for Adults, £4 for Concessions
Mon 30 Nov / Tue 1 Dec / Wed 3 Dec – Main Hall
Mon 30 Nov
3.30 – 4.30 Jazz Band
Tue 1 Dec (Rehearsals for all and Tue night ensembles) Day 2
8.45 Guitar Ensemble
9.00 Soloists: Kiya G 7-1, Holly H Y8, Hope E 8-7, Miranda W 10-1
9.25 1st Orchestra
10.05 Chamber Choir
10.45 Senior Choir (continued after Rec)
11.25 Senior Choir
11.40 Junior and Senior Choir (One Candle)
11.55 Junior Choir
12.30 Saxophone Ensemble
1.00 Stage managers meeting – Y12/Y13
1.30 2nd Orchestra
2.00 String Orchestra
2.30 Flute Ensemble
3.00 Wind Band
6.30pm Tue 1 Dec concert – all performers arrive for 7pm start
Wed 2 Dec (Rehearsals for Wed night ensembles) Day 3
1.15 Amelia C and Eleanor W Y13 – Messiah duet
1.30 Junior Strings
2.00 Cello ensemble
2.30 Recorder ensemble
3.00 Folk Band
3.15 String trio – Katie A, Ellie C, Wendy G-Y Y10
Please let your teachers know in advance which lessons you will be missing. Going to the Devisdale you must walk across in 2s at least – see Ms Mayall if any questions.