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Drama

Head of Drama Miss J Dennis
Drama Teachers Mrs G Willcox, Mrs J Marchant, Mr J Gold and Miss H Dodkins
Curriculum Support Mrs C North

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The Drama Department is a very successful area of the school with students achieving good grades at KS3, KS4 and KS5. We believe Drama helps young people understand themselves and the world around them. They are able to build self-confidence and to develop social skills. Drama allows students to grasp concepts, face issues and solve problems through developing ideas, performing and evaluating the work of others.

As a department we believe in providing students with a range of exciting lessons using a variety of stimuli, including scripts, DVD’s, written word, pictures, stage lighting, sound and costume. Students have one hour a week of lessons at KS3 and 5 hours a fortnight at KS4 and 8 hours a fortnight at KS5.

The department provides an extensive extra-curricular timetable offering clubs, trips, school production work, and coursework clinics (see Extended Learning).

Key Stage Three

Cvhs026For the first three years at CVHS, students take part in Drama lessons once a week. As well as developing their acting skills, they learn how to apply dramatic devices to work, therefore enhancing their performances. Many subjects are covered that allow the classes to work on their team building and leadership skills and they have the opportunity to form opinions on a variety of important issues.  It is a wonderful opportunity for students to build confidence and learn skills that they can transfer into other subjects and prepare them for 'the big wide world'.

KS3 Drama King or Queen

Half termly students are given the opportunity to become the KS3 Drama King or Queen. This award is given for excellent effort in lessons, good performances and dedication to the subject.  Please see 'Enrichment' for further opportunities available at KS3.

Key Stage Four

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Edexcel GCSE Drama 2015-2017

The GCSE course mixes practical work and written coursework. Throughout Years 10 and 11 various styles and genres are studied allowing students to experiment with characterisation and structure. Unit 1 is based on ‘Capital Punishment' and Unit 2 looks at the Willy Russell play ‘Blood Brothers’. Both units have written coursework to accompany the practical work. All students have the chance to go and watch a professional production in order to complete a detailed theatre review. The final exam involves a small group devised or scripted piece that is graded by an external examiner.                                                                                                                             

Eduqas GCSE Drama 2016 Onwards                                            

This new GCSE course mixes practical work, written coursework and a written exam.  Component 1 involves creating a piece of devised theatre and a portfolio that reflects the process the students have been through.  Component 2 focuses on studying a play text and then performing an extract to a visiting examiner.  Component 3 is the written examination where students answer questions from the perspective of an actor, director and designer.  Experiencing live theatre underpins the course and questions in the last section of the exam reflects this.

KS4 Drama King or Queen

Half termly students are given the opportunity to become the KS4 Drama King or Queen. This award is given for excellent effort in lessons, good performances and dedication to the subject.  Please see 'Enrichment' for further opportunities available at KS4.

Key Stage Five

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Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre

Students have the opportunity to explore different areas of Drama and Theatre.  A variety of different texts are studied and explored throughout the course.  These will be practically explored, performed and reflected upon.

Throughout the A Level there is the opportunity to watch a variety of professional productions.  Experiencing live theatre underpins the whole course.

Component 1 is called 'Devising' and this involves students devising an original performance piece using one key extract form a performance text and a theatre practitioners as stimuli.  As well as performing, a portfolio must be submitted as evidence of the process they have been through.                                                                                                      

'Text in Performance' is Component 2.  One key extract from a performance text will be realised in a group performance and then another key extract from a different performance text will be realised as a monologue or duologue.

The written examination 'Theatre Makers in Practice' makes up Component 3.  Students must complete a live theatre evaluation as well as practically exploring and studying a complete performance text, focusing on how it can be realised for performance.  Another complete performance text will be practically explored and interpreted in light of a chosen theatre practitioner, focusing on how the text should be-re-imagined for a contemporary audience.

 

Homework

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KS3

Drama homework is not set as a regular task in KS3. Enrichment and extension of student’s studies will come from engaging in lunchtime/after school rehearsals and to further develop classwork

Drama clubs and productions are open to all students and there are a variety of opportunities to participate throughout the school year.

There is a selection of independent tasks available to encourage a love of the subject, under ‘Home Learning’ on the school website.

KS4

Homework is generated from practical coursework and, although irregular, directly supports the examination. It is graded according to exam criteria

All final coursework is completed under controlled conditions during specified class time as instructed by the exam board.

Students are expected to continue to develop practical exam work outside of lesson time.

KS5

Homework is generated in response to classroom activities. There is also a general expectation that the student will research and make notes around topics studied in class time as an independently driven activity.

Extended Learning and Enrichment

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Productions and Performances

There is always at least one school production each year that takes place in the Main Hall. All students are invited to be involved, whether it is on the stage or as part of the backstage crew. Previous productions include; ‘The Magic of the Musicals’, ‘We Go Together’, ‘The Bards Birthday Show’, 'Bugsy's Dolls', 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Oliver', 'Our House', 'Our Day Out', 'Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass', 'The Wiz' and 'We Will Rock You'.

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We have also taken part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, performing at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford with performances of 'Twelfth Night’, The Taming of the Shrew' and 'King Lear'.

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We also run an annual Summer Creative Arts festival where students get opportunities to perform Drama that they have created throughout the year. Towards the end of the summer term, the school hosts a huge cross-curricular event where all students are able to get involved in Drama and Music performances and have their artwork displayed in an exhibition.  Held on a Saturday, the festival utilises the outdoor space for further entertainment such as a bouncy castle, the Blue Falcons gymnastics display team, stalls, food outlets and much more!

Sixth form students perform in a festival at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester each year. In 2016 their performance was based on a poem ‘Still I Rise.’ This required them to devise a short performance based on the poem (of the same name as the festival) by Maya Angelou. In preparation for the event, our students took part in a theatrical/devising workshop and a directing workshop at school, led by professionals from the Mercury Theatre.

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Year 9 Creative Arts Day saw a number of industry professionals running workshops with students throughout the day.  These included physical theatre and performance skills.  The students were given the opportunity to learn and develop new skills across the Arts.  This culminated in an assembly where the professionals shared their knowledge and experience with Year 9.

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KS3 Drama Club

There is a KS3 Drama Club running weekly after school, where students have the opportunity to work with a variety of peers and take part in activities such as improvisation, drama games, directing and performance.

 

Lunchtime Rehearsals

GCSE Drama, AS & A2 Theatre Studies and BTEC Performing Arts students can work in the department at lunchtimes and by arrangement after school.

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Coursework Clinic

Sessions are run where GCSE and A Level students can come along and do their coursework and get one-to-one teacher help.

 

Extended Work

GCSE Drama students have the opportunity to visit the theatre to see professional productions. They also act as an audience for AS & A2 performances, helping to develop their thinking and extend the ‘theatre’ they have experienced.

AS & A2 Theatre Studies & BTEC Performing Arts students have regular trips to see a variety of productions to enhance and back up the work they do during lessons and also in preparation for practical and written exams.

There are many performance opportunities available for 6th form students. Throughout the two year Theatre Studies course it is essential to perform in front of an audience as well as an external examiner. The performances include scripted and devised pieces.

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School Production 2017

The next school production is a musical theatre showcase featuring numbers from a variety of West End and Broadway Shows.

Open to all year groups from 7 - 13

CAST LIST

Soloists

Charley Potter

Elizabeth Wanmer

Josie Jewers

Megan Lawie

Jessica Hooper

Emily Woodrough

Luke Vickers

Lana Bloomfield

Grace Reilly

Isobel Barron

Christina Abbadasari

Scarlett Greaves

Laiha Harper

Jessica Hood

Hannah Silman

Conall Wainwright

Matthew Hedges

Caitlin Lello

 

Rappers

Adam Baglin

Noah Tonkinson

Harvey Ware-Lane

Cameron Lello

Elizabeth Wanmer

 

 

Ensemble

Georgina Amory

Phoebe Topham

Holly Macrow

Eloise Barron

Cory Nurse

Toby Davison

Shania Challen*

Isabelle Dawkin*

Caitlin Abercromby*

Sarah Adeyemo

 

 

 

Dancers

Team A (Happy Cheese!)

Katherine Gardener

Karina Lewin

Jess Butt

Euan Ferguson

Elizabeth Strong

Charley Potter

Ruby Holland

Josie Jewers

Sophie Emberton

Lottie Huggett

Abby Locke

Harriet Leone

Faith Bond

Hattie Shipman

 

 

Team B (Sassy Potato Waffles!)

Shania Challen*

Erin Sheehan

Ellena Fisk

Maddie Lecount

Evie Barber

Caitlin Abercromby*

Isabelle Dawkin*

Lola Jackson

Esme Porter

Isabella Gaskell

 

 

 

*Ensemble and dancer

 

 

ACT ONE

Joseph & his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Any Dream Will Do

Soloists:

Luke Vickers, Lana Bloomfield, Jessica Hood & Scarlett Greaves

Ensemble:

Georgina Amory, Phoebe Topham, Holly Macrow, Eloise Barron, Cory Nurse, Toby Davison, Shania Challen, Isabelle Dawkin, Caitlin Abercromby, Sarah Adeyemo, Megan Lawie, Grace Reilly, Isobel Barron, Christina Abbadasari, Laiha Harper, Hannah Silman, Conall Wainwright, Caitlin Lello & Harvey Ware-Lane.

Close Every Door

Soloist:

Matthew Hedges

Ensemble:

Luke Vickers, Lana Bloomfield, Jessica Hood, Scarlett Greaves, Georgina Amory, Phoebe Topham, Holly Macrow, Eloise Barron, Cory Nurse, Toby Davison, Shania Challen, Isabelle Dawkin, Caitlin Abercromby, Sarah Adeyemo, Megan Lawie, Grace Reilly, Isobel Barron, Christina Abbadasari, Laiha Harper, Hannah Silman, Conall Wainwright, Caitlin Lello & Harvey Ware-Lane.

 

American Idiot

Wake Me Up When September Ends

Soloists:

Emily Woodrough, Isobel Barron & Jess Hooper

(+ Euan Ferguson, Josie Jewers, Harriet Leone & Jess Butt - dancing)

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Soloists:

Conall Wainwright & Laiha Harper

Ensemble:

Caitlin Lello, Hannah Silman, Eloise Barron, Megan Lawie, Toby Davison, Cory Nurse, Holly Macrow, Georgina Amory, Luke Vickers, Adam Baglin, Noah Tonkinson

 

Wicked

For Good

Soloists:

Christina Abbadasari & Grace Reilly

Defying Gravity

Soloists:

Jess Hooper & Charley Potter

 

La La Land

City of Stars

Soloist:

Matt Hedges

(+ Euan Ferguson & Josie Jewers - dancing)

Another Day of Sun

Soloists:

Caitlin Lello, Lana Bloomfield, Jess Hood & Scarlett Greaves

(Dancers – TEAM A & TEAM B)

 

ACT TWO

School of Rock

Teacher’s Pet

Dance TEAM B

Stick it to the Man

 

Soloist:

Elizabeth Wanmer

Ensemble:

Luke Vickers, Holly Macrow, Eloise Barron, Cory Nurse, Toby Davison, Christina Abbadasari, Laiha Harper, Sarah Adeyemo, Caitlin Lello & Harvey Ware-Lane.

 

Mamma Mia

Thank you for the Music

Soloists:

Megan Lawie & Hannah Silman

Ensemble:

Lana Bloomfield, Jessica Hood, Scarlett Greaves, Georgina Amory, Phoebe Topham, Shania Challen, Isabelle Dawkin, Caitlin Abercromby, Grace Reilly, Isobel Barron & Conall Wainwright.

Honey Honey

Soloist:

Josie Jewers

(Dancers – TEAM A & B)

 

Hamilton

The Schuyler Sisters

Rapper:

Cameron Lello

(Dancers – TEAM A)

My Shot

Rappers:

Noah Tonkinson, Adam Baglin, Harvey Ware-Lane, Elizabeth Wanmer & Cameron Lello

(Dancers – TEAM A)

 

Jersey Boys

Beggin’

Soloists:

Conall Wainwright & Laiha Harper

Ensemble:

Matt Hedges, Luke Vickers, Lana Bloomfield, Jessica Hood, Scarlett Greaves, Georgina Amory, Phoebe Topham, Holly Macrow, Eloise Barron, Cory Nurse, Toby Davison, Shania Challen, Isabelle Dawkin, Caitlin Abercromby, Sarah Adeyemo, Megan Lawie, Grace Reilly, Isobel Barron, Christina Abbadasari, Hannah Silman & Caitlin Lello.

December 1963 (Oh What a Night)

WHOLE CAST

(Dancers – TEAM A & TEAM B)

 

KEY INFORMATION AND REHEARSAL INFORMATION

Show Week is the Week Beginning 13th November 2017. Due to the limited time we have, some extra rehearsals may be called at lunch times – please pay attention to when these are – as much as we can we will put these into the weekly bulletin.

WE HAVE LIMITED TIME FOR THIS PRODUCTION – PLEASE ENSURE YOU CAN ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL YOU ARE REQUIRED AT. IF YOU ARE ABSENT DUE TO ILLNESS PLEASE PHONE INTO THE SCHOOL TO GET A MESSAGE TO US. TRY TO AVOID BOOKING APPOINTMENTS DURING REHEARSAL TIMES.

Date and Time

Rehearsal Type

Friday 29th September Lunchtime (1.30pm)

Full Cast Meeting – Lyrics to be handed out

Tuesday 3rd October 3.10pm – 4.45pm

Another Day of Sun, Schuyler Sisters and My Shot – Dancers

 

Any Dream Will Do

Wednesday 4th October 3.10pm – 4.45pm

Stick It To The Man

 

Another Day of Sun, Schuyler Sisters and My Shot – Dancers

Tuesday 10th October 3.10pm – 4.45pm

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

 

Teacher’s Pet

Wednesday 11th October LUNCHTIME

5 rappers for My Shot (until 4pm)

Wednesday 11th October 3.10pm – 4.45pm

Honey Honey and Thank You For The Music – Singers and Dancers

Friday 13th October 3.10pm – 4.15pm

Whole Cast – Singing Rehearsal

Tuesday 17th October 3.10pm – 5pm

Run All Musical Numbers

Wednesday 18th October 3.10pm – 5pm

Run All Musical Numbers

HALF TERM

HALF TERM

Tuesday 31st October 3.10pm – 5pm

Whole Cast – December ‘63 (Oh What A Night)

Wednesday 1st November 3.10pm – 5pm

Beggin’

 

Wicked Soloists (Defying Gravity and For Good)

Tuesday 7th November 3.10pm – 5pm

Run Through Whole Show

Wednesday 8th November 3.10pm – 5pm

Run Through Whole Show

Monday 13th November 3.10pm – 7pm

Technical Rehearsal

Tuesday 14th November 3.10pm – 5pm

Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday 15th November

Primary Performance (During the day)

 

5.45pm Rehearsal and Warm Up

7pm – Performance

 

 

BACKING TRACKS

Song

Backing Track

Any Dream Will Do

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlyuNbs4Y4Q

 

Close Every Door

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpaQwXQQKPY

Wake Me Up When September Ends

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE9rE3E-fGo

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz5Tug_YzTk

For Good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvWpMN4XDbc

 

Defying Gravity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ce778S_3iI

 

City of Stars


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16uctdp71y0

 

Another Day Of Sun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qgx1FKus-6c

 

 

 

 

Teachers Pet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI0_3Z1Hkoo

 

Stick it to the man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z66goP8susk

Thank you for the music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N9IjIUnIzU

Honey Honey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3mfGm-ycys&list=RDE3mfGm-ycys

The Schleyer Sisters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jn3BuFiV8o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8GuSCris6s&list=RDt8GuSCris6s#t=0

 

My Shot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omsdlpCsP5A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwlBxYyjrqM

Beggin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CntpTjUDxg

 

 

December 1963 (Oh What A Night)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ebWrqcO0yI

 

 

Any questions, please speak to Miss Dennis or Mrs Willcox. Alternatively, you can contact via e-mail:

jdennis@chelmer.essex.sch.uk

gwillcox@chelmer.essex.sch.uk

 

 

Page Downloads Date  
Song from Shows Audition Info.pdf 08th Sep 2017 Download
Song Lyrics For Auditions.docx 08th Sep 2017 Download
CVHS STEPS DRAMA PRINT SEPT.pdf 21st Sep 2017 Download