At Kettering Buccleuch Academy, students and staff are in the midst of rehearsals for their Stage School’s first ever production this December.
The academy launched its new Stage School at the beginning of the autumn term, with a view to providing students with an enriching and sustained performing arts experience year-round. The Stage School is supported by members of staff from different departments across the academy, including drama, dance and music, to help the academy’s students broaden their skillsets and nurture their artistic abilities.
In September, the Stage School held its first set of auditions for students in Years 7 to 10 and in the Sixth Form. Students were asked to dance, act and sing as part of ensemble groups, with burgeoning solo singers also required to give a solo performance. At the same time, students were able to apply for positions in the Stage Crew, responsible for making sets, scenery, props and costumes, and the AV Crew, tasked with designing and arranging the lighting and sound for performances.
Auditions were met with an incredibly high turn-out and students across all year groups embraced the challenges put before them, showing great enthusiasm throughout the entire process. The following week, over 90 successful students were inducted as the first Stage School members. In true show business style, they had black and white headshots taken, which will goon display at the academy and initiates are proudly showcasing their membership by wearing new pin badges.
Now in the midst of rehearsals for the Winter Show, these students have been continuing to show their dedication, honing their talents with weekly rehearsals. The AV crew are also working diligently to provide the perfect sound for the performers and to ensure that the show runs as smoothly as possible – with some impressive lighting planned.
The winter spectacular will take place on 6th December in KBA’s theatre and is set to be a full school effort, with performances from students in the primary and secondary Stage Schools, the Stage Band, and the Community Choir. Tickets will be available for friends, family and the local community to purchase from the school’s Reception.
Year 10 pupil Katie said:
“Being in the show helps me to build up my confidence which has helped with my Drama GCSE work, as well as my confidence outside of school. KBA is a great place to learn and has opportunities that not many other schools offer.”
Miss Chapman, Head of Music at the academy, said:
“It has been great to see so many of our students get involved in the Stage School. They have all thrown themselves into rehearsals for our winter show and they turn up week-in, week-out with a smile on their faces. We can’t wait to show everyone what we have been working on – there are some incredible performances in the works.”
Dino Di Salvo, Principal of Kettering Buccleuch Academy, said:
“Our new Stage School is an excellent example of our commitment to delivering an Education with Character at KBA. Students are encouraged to face new challenges head on, support one another and persevere through repeated practice – skills that are all nurtured through the Stage School. Whether performing on stage or working behind the scenes, our students have put considerable efforts into ensuring that the show is a success and we are all looking forward to seeing their hard work pay off.”