Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.
YEAR 10 THEATRE IN EDUCATION PRIMARY TOURING SHOW ‘BRIAN THE CHRISTMAS TREE’ CHRISTMAS MAGIC The Year 10 Coombeshead Academy Theatre in Education company toured around local primary schools with the production of ‘Brian the Christmas Tree’ towards the end of last term. They visited Ipplepen, Abbotskerswell, Denbury, All Saint’s Marsh, St Michaels, St Josephs, Bovey Tracey and Canada Hill primary schools between the 8th to 13th December. This year’s Christmas show was based around a group of Christmas trees all eager to be chosen for Christmas, apart from Brian who really does not want to be a Christmas tree at all! The play witnesses the Christmas trees trying to encourage Brian that being a Christmas tree is the best vocation in the world. The piece included lots of music, movement and encouraged plenty of audience participation. Three students from each school joined us on stage for energetic renditions of the Macarena for each performance. The students produced an excellent performance containing much humour which was received with great enthusiasm from their audiences. A huge well done to all those involved! Meriel Hughes (Drama Teacher) Aspire Magazine | January 2017 33
CAST COMMENTS Megan Badcock: “It was really nice to be involved – the end result is heart-warming.” Tom Fraser: “I enjoyed taking part in the touring show once again. It’s a great opportunity and what fun I had taking part.” Louise Williams Raahauge: “I loved performing with an audience of children and it’s a great opportunity. Would love to do it again.” Felicity Voice: “I loved performing with an audience of children and we all adapted to the different staging in each school. I feel the play also helped with our confidence. Sophie Moore: “It has been beneficial for both us and the children as we have made new friends and learnt new drama skills and techniques. The children learnt important skills in a fun, enjoyable way which they won’t forget.” Jess Cainey: “I loved performing in front of all the children. I think we adapted to the different areas really well. I would love to do it again.” Talia Powell & Talia Thorne: “I enjoyed interacting with the children and being able to multi-role!” Lea Brown : “It was really nice to work all together and everyone gets on well with each other.” Kayley Wales: “I really enjoyed playing three different characters and I had a lot of fun doing the dances.” Other cast members were: Charlie Baker, Jack Riley, James Parnell and Bliss Kessel Staff: Meriel Hughes (teacher), Tristan Smith (technician), Johanna Regan (SCITT Drama) “I just wanted to pass on our thanks to your staff and students for a wonderful production of Brian the Christmas Tree. Our children really enjoyed it and were seen re-enacting it in the playground - obviously inspired! All involved had clearly worked hard and represented your school brilliantly whilst here. We look forward to the next one!” Mrs LM Kerswell (Year 5/6 teacher) Abbotskerswell Primary School "We just wanted to pass on our congratulations for a stunning performance of "Brian the Christmas Tree". Yet again your students surprised us with their confidence, charisma and stage presence and it was an absolute pleasure to watch all of our children enjoy their performance today. Thank you for the opportunity and please pass on our thanks to all the children and staff involved - it was a great boost to all our Christmas performances and bought some cheer to us all! The team at Bovey Tracey Primary School "I just wanted to thank your talented students for putting on a wonderful performance of 'Brian the Christmas Tree'. Your students captivated the audience both staff and children from Foundation all the way to Year 6. They did this with such few props, bringing the performance to life with their inspiring acting, humour and wonderful dance routines and singing. Our whole school were lent forward engrossed from beginning to end. Your staff have done an amazing job! I am truly grateful for such a wonderful experience for our whole school." Jodie Sharman Year 6 teacher St Joseph's Catholic Primary School