Beyond The Classroom: Drama

'Everybody needs a way to express themselves creatively and I like to do so through Drama. Not only is Drama a source of creativity for me, it also provides me with the confidence I need in day to day life. Public speaking is an essential life-skill and through taking Drama at Advanced Higher level this skill has only been enhanced. The constant support from everyone around me and the skills I’ve gained, has made Drama one of my highlights during my time at St Margaret's.'

VIS Advanced Higher Drama pupil

The school year in the drama department is punctuated by glittering performances across all ages and stages.

Our senior school show is performed in a professional theatre in November and girls are encouraged to participate both on stage and behind the scenes. This year pupils rehearsed and recorded a performance at the Aberdeen Arts Centre called ‘One Night Only’ which comprised extracts from a range of well known musicals and plays. In addition, our I-IIS girls rehearsed and recorded a performance of ‘At First I was Afraid..’, a contemporary comedy written for young people by Douglas Maxwell, at The Lemon Tree". Previous senior school shows have included: Agatha Christie’s The Rule of Three, R&H Cinderella, Scrooge, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music and Singin’ in The Rain

Not to be outdone, our youngest junior children woo audiences in December with their retelling of the nativity story. Every child has an important part to play and for many this is where the love of performing is born.

January sees the start of our junior school show club, which meets after school once a week in preparation for a full scale musical theatre performance. The performance takes place in May and our junior girls from 4-6 Junior are always very excited to perform out of school in a professional venue. Our most recent junior school show was Matilda Jr and previous productions have included Aladdin, Seussical, Annie, Dr Dolittle, The King and I, My son Pinocchio, Oklahoma Jr, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Mary Poppins, to name but a few.

In 7 Junior, girls have the opportunity to perform a Shakespeare play, once again at a professional venue. This performance takes place in March and this year, the girls performed and recorded their production of Macbeth at the Lemon tree which was streamed for parents to watch. Previous 7 Junior Shakespeare productions have included Hamlet, King Lear and Richard III.

Theatre trips to New York and London are a popular feature of our extra-curricular provision, allowing pupils to experience the best theatre in the world. Girls have had the opportunity not only to see Broadway shows, but also to work with the directors, actors and choreographers from the productions. Girls have also enjoyed learning about the art of acting to camera at the New York film school.

At St Margaret’s we are very proud of our past theatrical productions and excited about our future plans. We are delighted that everyone from our youngest girl to our oldest pupil is given the opportunity to perform in a range of productions to live audiences on an annual basis.

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