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Boot­camp 2014

boot200Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Hey Mr Pro­ducer last year was always going to be a mas­sive chal­lenge. We had cre­ated a show which stu­dents and staff had all loved being part of and were immensely proud of and for months after­wards peo­ple were ask­ing ‘how are you going to top that?’. With this ques­tion in mind, we set out on a quest to find our next big per­for­mance project. Some hours and a few cof­fees later we came up with a crazy idea which would see 60 per­form­ers tak­ing part in an inten­sive 5 day ‘Fame Acad­emy’- style expe­ri­ence. We wanted them to expe­ri­ence all areas of per­form­ing arts and so set about cre­at­ing a huge pro­gramme of events which would involve singers, dancers, actors, musi­cians, tech­ni­cians and film crew! We invited pro­fes­sion­als from all areas of per­for­mance to come and work with the stu­dents inspir­ing them with tasters from Stomp, Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Cir­cus and steel band skills to name but a few. We even took them all the way to London’s Wes­t­end to ter­rify them with a per­for­mance of Woman in Black!

Some of the work was then pre­sented at school on the Fri­day as a cel­e­bra­tion of a week of hard work. Per­for­mances took place on the bal­cony, in the quad and in the hall. There was even a doc­u­men­tary made of the whole week and a film shot on loca­tion at Recul­ver! We had enor­mous amounts of fun putting it together and the per­form­ers over­came many chal­lenges to present their work. A spe­cial men­tion must also go to the tech­ni­cal and film crew all worked tire­lessly to make the show­case looked and sounded bril­liant! Thank you to the won­der­ful per­form­ing arts staff who have all worked so hard with the stu­dents through­out this project.