Anne Everest - Head's Message 27-11
This week St George’s staged Alan Ayckbourn’s “Season’s Greetings” over three nights. The performances of everyone involved helped to create a very entertaining show, with laugh-out loud moments provided by spot-on comic timing. The company, under clever direction, gave their all to entertain and delight audiences each night. The action moved seamlessly from scene to scene and the acting, provided by some of our most talented students, was very impressive. The girls and boys worked well together wonderfully well and looked as though they were enjoying it all too.
Drama forms part of the school curriculum and as an extra-curricular activity it is very rewarding for students and staff, no matter what their talents may be. We had girls and their teachers working on the lighting and sound, make-up and hair, designing publicity materials and set, managing a huge array of props and supporting the cast backstage and front of house. This sort of ensemble approach actively teaches the importance of teamwork and gives huge satisfaction to everyone concerned with developing such a successful project. It also involves a great deal of effort, and the school is hugely indebted to all those who worked so hard to make this year’s show a success.
I am particularly grateful for the participation of boys from Merchiston Castle School, who helped to create this joint endeavour. Again, in partnership with the boys, several of our students will act in Merchiston’s production of “A View from the Bridge” during this next week. It is wonderful to see the students from both schools working together in a spirit of shared enthusiasm. We wish the cast and production team every success in their performance of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece.
Drama is a popular subject from Nursery and throughout the school, and it is a very popular extra-curricular activity at St George’s: the sixth form student production attracted well-deserved praise before the half-term holiday, and our girls in Lower School will soon start looking forward to auditioning for parts in their musical production, for which they will tread the boards in the summer term. And on the penultimate day of this term, we shall have an opportunity to see the Higher drama students producing and performing in scenes from Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of being Earnest”.
There is never a dull moment!
Anne C Everest
Head, St George's School for Girls