An inventive, multi-media approach to this fast paced production. This performance involves all forms of visual arts material. The challenging play is set across three time zones and many scenes are performed on stage simultaneously – a scene from the past with a scene from the present. This device is quite different from the book, which uses flashbacks – while the children dig, we see things that happened a hundred years ago.
The four school choirs participate locally in competitions and the more senior choirs sometimes travel away from school for national and international events. The school also has two orchestras and a number of ensemble groups. Events on the school calendar include the summer concert and carol service, year based musicals performed at our local Arts Centre, nativities, form based concerts and assemblies, informal recitals and arts assemblies. All children throughout the school sing in assemblies twice a week.
A large percentage of of children learn musical instruments and we cover all orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, percussion and singing on a one to one basis. We also have a Suzuki violin scheme which involves parental participation. Lessons are delivered in brightly coloured, custom built music huts by a visiting group of 10 specialist teachers weekly. Children are encouraged to take examinations through either the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or Trinity College of Music.
There is a rich and varied drama programme, with 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 1-8 and there are after school drama clubs for Years 5-8, which are extremely popular.