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I see stars, so many stars tonight…

Wow! It takes quite a lot to render me speechless, however GA LIVE 2020 highlighted the immense talent that so many of our students have in abundance. 76 incredible performances over two nights. Take a look at just some of the highlights:

For any performing arts teacher, seeing passion and commitment in your students is the best possible reward. I am eternally grateful that I get to teach such a devoted group of young people who show a genuine love for the arts.

All individual singing students performed two songs from their musical theatre repertoire. From the classics (such as Guys and Dolls and Annie) to some modern musical theatre hits (including Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, 9 to 5 and Ragtime), our performers effortlessly combined dialogue with singing, movement and dance. Special mention must be made to the advanced students who tackled some incredibly challenging work; a sublime rendition of Maybe This Time from Emma Borget-Deighton, a lesson in comic timing from Kai Falzarano’s portrayal of Wicked’s Glinda, an emotional characterisation of Kim from Miss Saigon by Ellie Cheeseman, a powerful performance of This is Me from Brooke Lavin-Boswell, James Gava’s exceptional interpretation of Mack from Mack and Mabel, Eithne Cox’s first-class realisation of Sarah from Ragtime, Talia Sandy’s touching dramatisation of Nobody’s Side from Chess, a superb and thoroughly believable portrayal of Hart from 9 to 5 by Millie Shepherd-Gill, a moving rendition of Once More I Can See by Willow Cullen and Joshua Petrozzi-Ward’s laugh out loud interpretation of Lord Farquad from Shrek. With this sort of talent, the future is bright!

As well as the solo performances, the group musical theatre classes performed scaled-down ‘mini’ versions of some of our best loved musicals; Whistle Down the Wind, Matilda, Annie, Bring it On and Mean Girls. The Contemporary and Commercial classes also took to the stage with two brand new and very exciting routines.

It is frightening enough to perform on stage, but to take to the stage alone and perform solo is a real achievement; Hannah, Tom and I are very proud of all of our students.

I am very grateful for all the help we received front of house, on stage and backstage to make our very first GA LIVE such a success. A huge thanks also to everyone who came to support the two shows; I know you were all very impressed and I am thankful for all of your fantastic feedback.

I will finish with a line from the final song of GA LIVE, from the musical Mean Girls, “I see stars, so many stars tonight”. And weren’t there lots of them…

Ben Briscoe
Vice-Principal & Creative Director

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