8th Dec, 2016

Stratford School pupils shine in Christmas show

Stratford Editorial 22nd Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FESTIVE pupils at Stratford School delighted a packed audience at the annual Christmas Concert packed with music, dance, comedy and drama.

The concert brought together talent from across the year groups with one of the school’s best attended.

Pupils had been working on the show for weeks and there was a range of originally performances including the show highlight, a panto by the Year 12 Performing Arts students.

Once Upon a Christmas Panto was an entirely original production with the script, characters, storyline, props and set design devised by the group for unit one of their coursework.

Daniel Smith was Dame McGrood, with a supporting cast including Charley Pick as Nobby the House Elf, Zoe Jackson as Vanity the Witch, Christian Clements, Kate Walters and James Wheeler.

There were also some polished musical performances, including an original composition by Sophie Dobedoe and Caolan Brown called We wrote this in the Summer; a  cover of Justin Bieber’s  Love Yourself by Matilda Slaughter and Tia Robinson.

The music department continued to pull out all the stops when student vocal and instrumental groups Stratford Voices and Music Fusion took to the stage for an uplifting rendition of Elbow’s hit One Day like This.

There was an array of dances from pupils in both the lower school and sixth form, including a full troupe piece to Nina Simone’s Feelin Good, and a dance solo by Emily Powell to The War is Over.

* CHRISTMAS events and curriculum challenges at Stratford School raised £1,160  to split between The Shakespeare Hospice and the Aylesford Unit in Warwick Hospital.

The fund-raising included the creation of a festive Chemistree, a non-uniform day as well as two lunchtimes Christmas Markets.