HIGH SCHOOL YEAR 8/9 MUSICAL 18TH AND 19TH SEPTEMBER

Our focus last term was Devising Theatre and Script Writing. This unit of work was run in conjunction with Music, to create an original musical for rehearsal and performance in Term 3.

The unit took place in two phases. We began with The Political Circus as our starting point, and our focus for the first 5 weeks of term was exploration – finding different ways to approach this concept in order to create a world that could be wrapped around the protest songs being written concurrently in Music. Each lesson we investigated a new angle – generating material, distilling ideas and creating possible worlds that could support the songs. 

After much consideration, Rowley and I settled on the idea we thought could work in relationship with the songs and be feasible to construct a script by the end of term, and we brought this to the students for discussion. That’s where things got interesting… the students were almost unanimously settled on another, darker and more complex idea. Tackling this one was only going to be possible if everyone stepped up and really worked both in class and between lessons. The students passion for the idea and willingness to do the work to make it happen were admirable, and they have come through in spades! In 4 weeks, we have devised and scripted 9 complex, interesting and challenging scenes and crafted a narrative that packs one hell of a punch!

I have been thrilled with the work that was put in. Everyone stepped up and delivered. There were a few slips with homework, but overall input was excellent and more than one dropped the clutch and worked harder than I’ve seen them work before.

So, now we have a script. And this coming term, it will be rehearsed, bringing two worlds to life – a colourful and lively Utopia, and its dark and dystopian underside.   
Georgia (Drama Teacher)

Theseus And The Minotaur

MUSICAL NOTE FROM THE MUSICAL DIRECTOR

I am very proud to have collaborated with year 9 and 10, developing their music composition skills, confidence and fostering a new appreciation for musical theatre. The idea to do a Musical was encouraged by the students and the ancient myth Theseus and the Minotaur proved a superb dramatic vehicle in which to develop the songs. Exploring the ancient Minotaur myth with a modern musical approach was a bold move. Each and every student bravely offered their unique ideas and talents. The result..a singing, acting and dancing bull, supported by a delightful cast, a host of catchy songs; we believe it is a new legend in the making. 

A heartfelt thank you to all the students for their dedication, perseverance and their commitment to each other to develop a truly musical ensemble.   

Rowley

CO-DIRECTOR’S NOTES

Welcome to the labyrinth, and Kindlehill’s original musical, Theseus and the Minotaur.

Our young hero heads out into the world alone, seeking identity, connection and little bit of glory and excitement; his travels take him down a few dark alleys, see him making promises he might not be able to keep, and he ends up lost in a confusing maze out of which insight, friendship and compassion are the only guides. Gee, things really haven’t changed much through the ages, have they?

This quest has been a wonderful way to explore some very relevant themes for our students as they move into the final phase of their schooling. It is the second original musical that the school has produced under the very assured guidance of Music teacher Rowley Holmes and it has been an exciting and challenging process that has resulted in some incredible music and performances.  

Every student has stepped well out of their comfort zone and found themselves doing things they didn’t know they could at the beginning of this process. It’s been an absolute joy to watch them embrace these new capacities and spread their creative wings. They’ve managed the production process too, designing costume and creating props.

Huge thanks and congratulations to Rowley for the work he has done with the students, I’ve found myself walking down the street humming these tunes on more than one occasion and am sure you will too in the coming days. And bravo to our brave and talented students!

Georgia x

Rehearsals

Year 7/8 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

CASTING SPELLS AT THE POWERHOUSE
The 100 year old warehouse was an exciting venue for a sensational high school production of A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. An enthralled audience gave Puck and his merry band of actors, their hand and hearts……Thank you to Georgia and Rowley for this inspirational and somewhat whacky experience. Spells were cast. Amends made. Perfect for high school students!

 

Truth With Passion – Year 9/10 Monologues

The students wrote and performed original monologues after examining a number of famous speeches and protest songs. settling on a cause, issue, or experience that they wanted to give voice to.

GUINNIE RANDALL – FAST CAR

Inspired by Tracy Champan’s song, Fast Car, Guinnie has looked at the experience of living with an alcoholic parent and has created a pieces with two voices: a daughter talking to her passed out father, and the addiction itself.

NISSA BRENNAN – WORD OF GOD

Nissa’s initial starting point was Alex the Astronaut’s song, Not Worth Hiding, and her piece became an exploration of what it might be like to be God, dealing with the myriad ideas and viewpoints people attach to religion. In this piece, God speaks to the angels.

OLIVIA WYLDE – THE ARRIVAL

Inspired by Shaun Tan’s book, The Arrival, Olivia has explored some of the experiences of refugees. This piece takes place in three phases and explores her character’s past, present and future. Olivia also wrote a beautiful song in response to this text.

JUSTIN DANIELS – ME WITH ADHD

Condemned to a lunchtime writing session, Justin put pen to paper and wrote like the wind, articulating and sharing his experience of growing up with ADHD.

BELLE ASHFORD – CONFUSED FREEDOM

Inspired by Lana Del Ray’s songs, Belle’s piece takes place in three phases and explores the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of one woman.

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