A dramatic end to the term
It has been an epic week in the Drama Department, with four separate productions being released, two live performances and a social media takeover by the RGS Performing Arts Council!
On Monday, the entire First Form were given the day off-timetable to rehearse their new interpretation of the classic A Christmas Carol. Featuring over twenty-five separate scenes rehearsed and performed in bubbles, an appearance from Father Christmas and various staff elves, the show was filmed on Tuesday during the day and will be released online on Friday 11 December at 7pm. You can watch it here, including the snowy finale!
On Wednesday, the long-awaited results were released from The Monoslam: Socially Distanced Edition. Earlier this term students, staff and families were invited to submit monologues across various categories, showcasing their acting, musical theatre, writing and choreography talents. The entries were then sent off to a panel of professional judges, including:
- Ben Marks (Casting Director)
- Elliot Norman (OR – currently at Drama School)
- Matt Burns (OR – currently on a national tour of Once: The Musical)
- Helen Mumby (OR – Literary Agent)
- Fiona Clift (OR – Actor, puppeteer, writer and comedian)
The judges’ comments, as well as two performances from members of the Performing Arts Council, were collated into a video which premiered on 9 December. You can watch the video here
Tonight (Thursday 10 December) sees the online premiere of Dare To Be Different, featuring the entire Second Form. Each class told the story of a famous figure who has struggled against adversity to make a difference in the world. Filmed live in their classrooms, the final video proved that, even in the most taxing of times, live theatre can still flourish. You can see the video for a limited time here.
Finally, the Lower Sixth A Level Drama students have been hard at work producing their own studio version of the Mike Bartlett play Contractions. Directed by Douglas Y and featuring Jess W and Felicity S, the play was performed to a live audience on Thursday afternoon and will be filmed on Friday. The performance is the first of three plays produced and directed by students this year, and you can see the final film, as well as lots of other content, vaia rgsdrama.net
The Performing Arts Council staged a coup on Wednesday, and took over the school Twitter and Instagram accounts, to celebrate all the Music and Drama performances happening over the last seven days.