Being able to perform confidently in public is critically important, so we provide as many opportunities as possible to children at Beeston. From junior assemblies to leavers’ lectures, children grow used to having an audience.
Theatre productions at Beeston are eagerly anticipated, all inclusive and embracing. Everyone takes part, whether it’s lighting and sound management, make-up design, front of house, lugging scenery around or acting itself, there are so many opportunities for each child to find their role and strengths.
Public performance brings many benefits for those involved. Pupils relish the teamwork, working closely with their friends, finding and developing new skills, having fun and building confidence and self-esteem along the way.
‘I never thought that I would be brave enough to have a main part, but Mr Lloyd-Peck encouraged me to audition and before I knew it I had learned all my lines by pinning them above my bed in my dorm, and got really into my character – even the accent!’
Year 8 pupil
Each year we perform around five shows to our viewing public, which include the junior Nativity, senior drama production, which last year was The Musicians, Y6 Monologue and Dualogue improvisations, and the annual whole-school musical production in Michaelmas Term. In conjunction with our Design and Technology and Art departments, pupils also design and build the props, scenery and production themselves. The pressure is always on, the logistics demanding, but the shows always go on!
Recent productions include:
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
The Wizard of Oz
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Living with Lady Macbeth