This year saw the Performing Arts Department grow from strength to strength with an increasing number of students having the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of events. Below are just a few of our highlights:
This year’s Gala Evening has shown the Music department to be going from strength to strength. The concert included a range of vocal, instrumental and dance performances. Pupils from all year groups were represented and the 150 person strong Year 7 choir was particularly impressive. The department hopes that this opportunity to sing in front of a live audience will instil in these pupils a passion for performing in the future. There were some super collaborations produced by younger and older pupils, and we were pleased to see many of our most talented students leading groups and passing on their knowledge. The continued collaboration with our local primary schools was evidenced by Orchard Primary & Heathfield Junior schools rendition of consider yourself. We are also thankful to our peripatetic staff for joining in on the night, giving this year’s show an even greater professional edge.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Our production of Charlie and the chocolate factory was a huge success. With many parts being taken by some of our younger pupils, it is exciting to see the talent that we have coming through the school. With original music, singing, dancing and physical theatre, it was a night to remember; Not least because of our own fantastical facotry set built by our Head of Department and cast as well as the Art Department. Our leading roles of Charlie and Willy Wonka, by KS3 pupils were a particular pleasure to watch- we’re very excited to see what else they will be able to achieve as they advance through the school.
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Nights here at The Heathland have gone from strength to strength. This year saw the return of our House competition, being won by Hirst house. This year we included a chance for our GCSE Musicians to have their very own platform to perform in preparation for their exams and they didn’t disappoint!
Trips and Visits
We have been a very busy department this year, travelling all over London to see as much theatre as we can. We were lucky enough to get tickets to see the Olivier Award Winning ‘The Comedy about a Bank Robbery’. Other trips have included: Woman in Black, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Julius Caesar.