News BlogPosted on: 08/07/2019
The drama department and music department organised a collaborative trip to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London to celebrate the start of a new curriculum. On Wednesday 19th June 2019, forty eager year 7 pupils delved into the world of Oz on their journey to the Emerald City and watched the production of Wicked the musical.
The trip was part of a combined project that allowed pupils to deepen their artistic knowledge and their understanding of different identities, cultures and societies within expressive arts. The pupils were able to explore their knowledge and skills through Wicked workshop lessons in both drama and music; they created a final performance that was imaginative and inspirational.
Upon our arrival in London, the pupils were given the opportunity to visit Westminster Cathedral, the largest Catholic church in England and Wales. The pupils were extremely respectful of those who attend the church regularly, whilst the daily mass was taking place. After observing this historic landmark, we made our way to the theatre.
This fantastic opportunity of witnessing a West End musical allowed the pupils to indulge in the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first met as sorcery students at Shiz University. The pupils explored the story of the extraordinary adventures in Oz that ultimately saw the two young women fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. The pupils were astounded by the performance and requested to send Sophie Evans (the actress who played Glinda) a message to which she replied! The pupils couldn’t believe their luck.
The pupils’ behaviour was impeccable all day and they thoroughly enjoyed their wicked and magical experience – thank goodness!