Drama is highly valued at the Girls' Prep and we ensure every girl has the opportunity to perform in front of an audience, whether it is her class, year group, whole School or parents.
There are many opportunities during the year for audiences to see the girls appearing ‘on stage’. Right from their Reception years, the youngest girls will become accustomed to standing in front of others to sing and perform. Girls as young as four years old speak at Open Events to tell prospective parents about their experiences at School. The girls notably develop their self-confidence and performance skills and, by the time the girls are in Year 2, they will be taking the main roles in the Infant Christmas production and then later on again in the Summer ‘graduation’ show, which marks their passage into Key Stage 2.
To enhance their learning, each Key Stage is also given an opportunity to see a local or West End show. In the past, girls have enjoyed visits to see performances such as Matilda.
Drama lessons are an integral part of the English curriculum and take place in our large and spacious drama studio. Girls in Years 3 and 5 have the opportunity to showcase their learning with evening performances to audiences in the Spring Term. The drama highlight of the Spring Term, however, has to be the fantastic Year 4 production, staged in the Runcie Hall. Recent musical extravaganzas have included ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ and ‘Oink!’, when singing and acting talents have been given every chance to shine.
The school year draws to a close with the Year 6 production in the Surbiton Assembly Rooms. Before our most senior girls move on to the Senior School, they give us one final reminder of their talents with acting, singing and dancing of the highest calibre. Recent shows have been a rousing version of ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Fame Idle’.