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A week of Musical Extravagance!

‘Maestro – let the music play!’ was the call at The Sir Robert Woodard Academy recently.  The Academy celebrated two significant events during the week involving several hundred students, parents, staff and distinguished guests.

The first event was the production of The Lion King involving some 500 students from eight of the Academy’s feeder primary schools.  The production, which was performed in front of a capacity audience, was facilitated by James Lelean the Academy’s Director of Performance who brought together numerous other staff, the students from both the primaries and the Academy in a seamless interpretation of the acclaimed musical.  The continuity of the production was facilitated by Sue Waton as the narrator who ensured that the moments of anger, love, tension and elation were not lost upon all those involved. 

The production was the culmination of a project which has involved Mr Lelean working with the primary schools on a regular outreach basis since September.  The production arts students at the academy constructed and provided all the staging, lighting, costume design and scenery which contributed to not only their assessments but also their experiences.

Later in the week it was a chance to become a ‘Pop Picker’ as the Academy went back to the ’60’s and 70’s’!  This event, held over two nights, was again a capacity event and confirmed the need for the additional evening.  The performance, involving 85 students and supported by an orchestra comprising of both students and professional musicians, encapsulated the energy and joy for life of the era.  The tunes ranged from ‘Aquarius/Let the sunshine in’ to ‘Don’t Sleep in the Subway’ delivered by both soloists and the SRWA Ensemble.  There were several stand out performances including ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ performed by Shaun Williams and ‘Georgy Girl’ performed by Connie Franks.    The presentation transported and captivated all those in the audience through the clever use of a catwalk which ensured the wonderful dancing, contemporary costumes and general love of life of the young people involved was not missed.

The Academy’s next major event is in conjunction with Electric Storm Youth and takes place on Thursday 14 July 2016.


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