2020 has got off to a great start with all of our exam pupils doing us proud. Our Modern and Tap pupils achieved a staggering 41 Distinctions and 3 Merits in our recent ISTD session, plus all of our Ballet exam pupils achieving Distinction, Merit or a successful Class Award.
Top marks went to Jessica who was awarded 96% for her Grade 2 Modern exam.
Exciting news for 9 of our pupils who have been selected to represent Team England at the World Dance Challenge in Portugal in April 2020.
The 9 pupils have qualified to compete in a total of 18 different dances between them, to include ballet solos, lyrical solos, modern solos and a modern quartet. Good luck to Elizabeth, Florrie, Lottie, Bethany, Lola, Fenella, Elsie, Jessica and Martha.
We had a brilliant festive disco and party with our junior pupils at the weekend. There was dancing and games galore, pupils enjoyed hot dogs and cakes, festive nail varnish and glitter and a great time was had by all.
We always love hearing from our former pupils and are delighted that our recent leavers are settling in well on their performing arts courses around the country. We are particularly delighted that Toby Turley (currently in his second year at Guildford School of Acting) has been cast as an actor in Birmingham Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas.
Congratulations to Florence and Megan who have just been cast in YAOS' Spring production of The Sound of Music and to Mia who has been cast in the principal role of Portia in The Wind in the Willows which opens next month at the Little Theatre in Wells, with Honey and Deanna in the ensemble. Congratulations also to Dougal, Hannah, Naomi, Kelly, Henry and Rosie who will be performing with GSCMS in their forthcoming production of The Full Monty at Strode Theatre.
Our Competition pupils have had a busy few weeks competing in festivals in Wales and the South West and have brought home 68 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, 16 Teacher Awards for choreography and 17 trophies.
Many of our pupils have been busy auditioning for pantomimes and we are delighted that, as usual, our dancers will be performing across the region over the Christmas period.
27 pupils successfully auditioned for GSMCS's production of Sleeping Beauty at Strode Theatre taking a variety of chorus, dancer and principal roles, whilst other pupils are appearing in productions in Bridgwater, Ashcott and Street.
We were thrilled to see four of our pupils on the Octagon Theatre stage in Yeovil in the YAOS production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Elsie-May, Megan and Martha had roles in the chorus whilst Fenella took the lead role of Jemima Potts.
The two week run was a great success and we are so proud of the girls.
90 pupils took exams in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern and Tap this summer and we are so proud of their achievements.
In Ballet pupils took exams from Grade 1 to Advanced Foundation and 26 pupils received Distinction and 30 received Merit, with 4 successful Class Awards. Top marks went to Ebony with 86% for Grade 5.
In ISTD exams from Grade 1 to Intermediate, there were 12 Distinctions, 17 Merits and 1 Pass. 3 pupils achieved marks of 90% or over, Grace 90% for Intermediate Modern, Martha 91% and Megan 92% both for Grade 1 Tap.
Well done to everyone who worked so hard for yet another set of excellent results.
What an amazing set of workshops we have had with Andrew Chadwick. Andrew worked with three different age groups who loved learning numbers from The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line as well as a lyrical and contemporary/jazz fusion piece. Pupils loved talking to Andrew about his experiences on the West End stage.
We are incredibly proud of our Senior Pupil Grace who has been auditioning for some of the top performing arts colleges in the UK. Grace received offers from Performers College and London Studio Centre, as well as being offered a full scholarship at Laine Theatre Arts and will take up her scholarship place at Laine in September. We wish her the very best of luck .
We were delighted to be asked to take part in this year's Lions Concert at Strode Theatre. Pupils performed a variety of numbers from our recent show Broadway & Beyond to a very appreciative audience. Well done to you all.