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Shakespeare Schools Festival

On 12th November, Hinde House students took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival for the sixth year running. This year, students from Years 8 to 11 performed 'Romeo and Juliet' and were directed by Mr Cooke and Ms Dudley.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the largest youth drama festival in the UK and it gives students from all over the country the opportunity to perform on their local professional stage. For Hinde House students, that meant performing the same night as two other schools at the Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield - yikes! – steady nerves were needed.

Students worked incredibly hard throughout September, October and November. They practiced twice a week and even some weekends. Their jobs included - learning where to stand and move on stage, fight scenes, dance moves, understanding Shakespeare’s language, learning all the lines by heart and saying them loudly and clearly with expression! The students showed a great deal of commitment and resilience sticking to this project. They also displayed an enormous amount of talent, proving once again Hinde House students can do anything they set their minds to. Involvement in a school drama production is a wonderfully positive experience that students will remember for the rest of their lives. It helps build self-confidence, communication skills and teamwork skills.

Our Shakespeare stars were:

  • Prince Escalus – Faridat Abdul Lawal
  • Paris – Rinoa Pearson
  • Montague – William Hampshire
  • Capulet – Emma Gelsthorpe
  • Romeo – Mizata Kamara
  • Mercutio – Oliver Sadler
  • Benvolio – Chantelle Millar
  • Tybalt – Corey McCormack
  • Juliet – Jennifer Okerenta
  • Nurse – Emily Wilson
  • Lady Montague – Emily Jackson
  • Lady Capulet – Faye Henley
  • Friar Lawrence – Victoria Addams
  • Friar John – Rhianna Lawless
  • Balthazar – Courtney Hopwood
  • Sampson – Chisom Iwueke
  • Apothecary – Alex Rodgers

A big ‘thank you’ to Mr Riley for the music, Mrs Swift for letters and transport, and all parents/carers and staff who attended.

Did you miss it? Don’t worry – look out for the next Hinde House drama production in school and why not try for next year’s Shakespeare Festival?

[Mr Cooke - Subject Leader, Drama]

Article Published : 16/11/2015