One of the major strengths of the school is to be found in the school’s Drama department. Not only are academic examination results outstanding, but throughout the year the department produces a range of whole school, senior, junior, house and examination productions. Interested pupils also take part in the prestigious Chester Drama Festival every year, with much success. There they can take part not just in acting, but in poetry and rehearsed readings.
The school offers extra-curricular Speech and Drama lessons for pupils who want to improve all areas of performance including reciting, acting and elocution. Pupils can further their study through LAMDA examinations.
Every year the Rydal Penrhos Dramatic Society stages a school production involving pupils from Year 7 -13. Auditions and rehearsals begin in the Autumn term before the hard work culminates in performances at the end of the Spring term. Mrs Crimes ensures the cast and crew are fully rehearsed ready to stage an impressive performance to audiences of pupils, teachers and family over four consecutive nights.
Past plays include:
- A Servant to Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
- The Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- Oliver by Lionel Bart
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Stephen Sondheim
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Annie the Musical
There are not just opportunities for budding actors and singers – the Stage Crew is a popular activity for those looking for experience behind the scenes. For some, taking part in the Stage Crew has led to increased interest and participation in stage work, with recent leavers working in professional theatres.
Key to the success of our drama productions, is the work of the ‘back-stage’ team. Lighting, sound, scenery and set movement skills are developed to ensure the high standards on stage are complemented by those behind the scenes. Pupils join the Stage Crew for a Thursday lunchtime to develop these skills but, at the time of major productions, the crew are often working late into the evening and at weekends.