Two weeks ago, the Y Pant drama department put on a production of Macbeth at the Schools Shakespeare Festival at the Wales Millennium Centre. Today, pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are getting the chance to see this fantastic production in school. There will be a special performance at 3:30 for pupils in KS4 and KS5.
WOW! The cast of the school production spent a gruelling week of rehearsals and performances, showing us just how amazingly talented and professional they are. Connor Brewer’s performance of Scrooge was inspired. His mix of menace, intimidation and misery, with a dash of madness was incredible. Hywel Thomas was superb as Bob Cratchit and Matt Ingram’s public speaking skills shone through as he projected to a packed Muni without the aid of a microphone! Of note too was Jack Evans as Fred whose commanding stage presence and phenomenal facial expressions were one of a kind and the cracking performance of Harry Morris as Tiny Tim ensures that the future of theatre here at Y Pant is secure. The standard of singing, acting, music, stage props and backdrop were altogether breathtaking. A very big congratulations to the Performing Arts Department and all who were involved both on stage and off and a thank you for giving up so much of your time in creating such a wonderful experience for us all.
After six months of planning, preparation, line learning, rehearsing, sleepless nights, costume fittings, design meetings, tantrums and tears ‘A Christmas Carol’ is almost ready to be unveiled. With less than a week until the curtain lifts on Tuesday night excitement amongst the cast and production team is starting to build.
If you have already bought your ticket then I hope you’re looking forward to it. If you’ve ordered a ticket and it needs collecting then please bring your money in by Tuesday. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet and you’re thinking of coming along then I have a few left in the Drama Studio or alternatively they can be booked from the Muni Arts Centre direct by calling 01443 485934.
It is hard to praise enough the efforts of all involved in the show but I for one am incredibly proud. The work of my colleagues in the Performing Arts department and the wider school as well as that of our students has been fantastic. Some of the performances are breathtaking and if you’re expecting ‘Peter Pan’ mark 2 then you are in for something of a surprise. The staging follows the austere nature of both the story and the current economic climate by creating Dicken’s world in what I hope is an imaginative and innovative way.
I would really appreciate a final few days of marketing, cajoling and word of mouth from our wonderful school community in order to ensure that this show helps to bring to a close what has been another fantastic year here at Y Pant.
Last January pantomime fever swept Y Pant as the school’s first show to be entirely produced by pupils, Jack and the Beanstalk, was performed to acclaim from all who attended the shows at Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Centre, and now the project has been shortlisted for a Welsh Assembly Government award!
The show, helped along by the school’s drama department and Head of Drama Mr Thomas as well as E3+, is nominated in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Skills for Young People’ at the Welsh Assembly Youth Work Wales Awards and as a result a number of cast and crew will be attending an awards ceremony in the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, on 23rd February where the winners will be announced – fingers crossed!
This Thursday and Friday (15th and 16th December) a brand new theatrical experience will be gracing Y Pant.
The Showman is a comedy thriller that is heavy in audience reaction, and is guaranteed to leave you in hysterics over its two performances. Written by Year 12 student Matthew Ingram, co-directed by himself and fellow Year 12 student Helen Needs and starring Year 12 student Jack Evans and former pupil Sean James, the plot details are being kept closely under wraps but it is definitely something that must be seen to be believed!
Two performances in July this year wowed audiences, with members describing the play as “genius”, “proper theatre” and “very good stuff”. Doors for the performance are open from 7:00pm with the performance starting at 7:30pm. The show lasts for approximately one hour and tickets for the event are just £4, we are holding the play at the Drama Studio, and it would be great to see as many of you there to support us!
Captain Hook kidnaps the Lost Boys including Wendy, John and Michael. Peter is left alone and Captain Hook leaves a bottle of poison for Peter to drink. Peter wakes and is going to drink from the bottle thinking it is medicine but Tinkerbell arrives and drinks the poison instead to protect Peter. Tinkerbell collapses, but after reassurances from the audience that yes – we do believe in fairies she recovers. Later Peter ambushes the pirates on the Jolly Roger and after a bit of swashbuckling with Captain Hook – is victorious!