At St Michael’s, we firmly believe that our pupils should thrive in all areas of school life, not just academically. We think that pupils should develop emotionally, mentally and academically into well rounded members of society.

We offer the opportunity for all pupils to take part in productions throughout their time at St Michael’s. Drama is taught as a curriculum subject from Years 1 to 8. We also offer after school clubs for Years 5 to 8.

When our pupils participate in a drama class they have the chance to explore their creative talents in a safe environment taught by specialist teachers. Children are able to expand on their natural inquisitiveness and develop their imagination to explore new ideas.

Performing also has an effect on a child’s abilities in the classroom. Learning scripts and following direction improves their memory as well as honing their powers of concentration. Drama classes also allow children to develop their communication skills as they learn to work with others through cooperation and empathy.

Our pupils are currently busy preparing for their next productions which begin this Thursday with our Year 3 and Year 4 production of Robin Hood. Our Seniors have been preparing for “Grease – The School Edition” to be performed on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th March at the Arts Centre. ‘Grease’ is a much-loved musical with many toe-tapping rock n roll classics that people of all ages will be able to sing along to. We chose ‘Grease’ as this year’s production because it lends itself to challenging acting, singing, choreography and costumes.

Our Year 3 and 4 pupils have been excitedly preparing for their version of Robin Hood. There are 36 Year 3 pupils and 30 Year 4 pupils taking part.  Our Year 4 pupils have been given the opportunity to perform in the lead roles and our Year 3 pupils will be providing the chorus. The pupils have been enjoying a cross-curricular approach to the play.

In art they have been designing their sets with parents getting involved in CDT (Craft, Design and Technology) They have been creating costumes and in their ICT lessons, the pupils have been creating a programme about the play.

The Year 7, 8 and Shell pupils of St. Michael’s are thoroughly enjoying preparing for their performances of ‘Grease: A School Edition’ on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th March at the Arts Centre. 

The pupils particularly love performing the big chorus numbers including ‘We Go Together’, ‘Summer Nights’ and ‘Greased Lightnin’, all of which have been adapted to suit a younger audience. This year’s cast consists of 68 pupils from Year 7 to Shell Year. Some pupils are more accustomed to performing in front of an audience than others so it has been a delight to see the support they have given to their peers, some of whom will be performing in a theatre for the first time.

It has been excellent to have so many pupils involved in this production, both on and off the stage. Pupils will no doubt have very fond memories of performing ‘Grease’ at St Michael’s for many years to come. 

Staging a production of this scale requires teamwork, dedication, and energy, with pupils, staff and parents all working extremely hard to bring it to fruition. Each and every cast member will feel as though they have played their part in creating and performing ‘Grease’, which will no doubt be enjoyed by all. We can’t wait to perform Grease for you next month and I have no doubt it will bring back happy memories for those who remember the film the first time round!

Tickets for both performances are now available on the Arts Centre website but do book early to avoid disappointment.