Capacity audiences witnessed Chapel-en-le-Frith High School’s vibrant performance of ‘Grease!’ over three thrilling nights of song, music, drama and dance. The production demonstrated the inclusive ethos of the school, with students of all ages and abilities taking a full part in this classic musical of growing up in America.
The principal roles were superbly rendered by Issy Campbell and Luke Swainson as Sandy and Danny, and they were brilliantly supported by James Goddard as Kenickie and by the talented singer Nikki Greaves in the role of Rizzo. The ‘T-Birds’ were engaging and so watchable, delivering their lines with attitude and combing their greased back hair with style. Likewise, the ‘Pink Ladies’ were feisty and entertaining, attempting to ooze glamour and cool in every scene.
This was, though, much more than a showcase for individuals. The chorus of over seventy students, drawn from all areas of the school, gave strong vocal and visual backing to the spectacle. Their opening rendition of, ‘Grease is the Word’ as well as rousing versions of favourites including, ‘We Go Together’ and ‘Greased Lightnin’, showcased the energy and commitment of the ensemble. Musical accompaniment was provided by an accomplished ten-strong band, comprised of staff and students, which was driven by the outstanding percussionist, Javan Carrington.
The school is indebted to the expertise their new technician, Paul Hanley, and to a very talented year 11 student, Jack Croasdale. Alongside their backstage team, they ensured that the visual and technical aspects of the show ran smoothly.
Great credit is due to the production and directing team of Steph Bramwell and Jayne Marling, as well as Andrea Wright, Sarah Ledbury and Zoey Vickers, the musical directors. Most of all though, credit to the wonderful cast.
Musical theatre at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School goes from strength to strength. Bring on next year!
On Friday 15th March, our year seven students took a trip to the 'Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair' at the NEC, Birmingham with the science department. The fair was a great opportunity for students to get hands on with all of the latest science technology. They experimented with everything from virtual reality helmets, bridge building, formula 1 technology, robotics and had chance to see the Bloodhound land speed record project up close. They also attended a show, in which they looked at microscopy and human cells up and enjoyed interactive exhibits. We look forward to another trip next year!
At Chapel-en-le-Frith High School we love the opportunity to get involved in some bookish fun. What better excuse to do this than World Book Day?! We were overwhelmed in the library at lunchtime by the enormous turn out of students for the World Book Day Quiz!
The library was crammed full with enthusiastic, bookish students eager to win some World Book Day treats and prizes!
All of our students have also been busy reading the first chapter of the book Stay a Little Longer, written by Bali Rai who will be visiting our school in April. Tutors have read this chapter with their tutor groups to launch this year’s World Book Day tutor time competition to win a meet and greet with Bali Rai. To enter, students can create an alternative book cover for Stay a Little Longer or write a diary entry from the point of view of one of the main characters, so there is something for everyone to be able to take part in.
On Friday lunchtime we were delighted to welcome Reading Matters Bookshop to our school to make it really easy for our students to cash in their World Book Day vouchers! This event proved popular and Reading Matters were impressed with our lovely students and their enthusiasm.
Students were also be entered into a free raffle just for checking out a library book this week! Prizes winners were drawn out on Friday.
We look forward to welcoming Bali to our school in a few weeks’ time to continue to promote the message to our students that reading is rewarding.