College students play a massive part in the success of the whole school productions and in recent years have received rave reviews!

Sandbach Sixth Form has a fantastic reputation for the quality of their productions and there is a wealth of opportunities within the Performing Arts Department whether you want to be involved centre stage or behind the scenes.

Together with the dance, drama, music and art students it’s a great way to meet new people and get involved.

Recent productions have included:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Sandbach Sixth Form production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was, true to its name, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following on from the previous year’s triumph, this year’s production had a lot to live up to but neither cast nor crew should have been worried; it delivered Shakespearian enjoyment from curtain up to curtain call. Staged in the charmingly crafted Athenian forest, audiences were dazzled with two hours of Elizabethan revelry that were a true testament to Shakespeare’s comedy. Occasionally interspersed by beautifully harmonised musical items, accompanied perfectly by a small but effective orchestra, the acting spoke for itself as the students delivered one of the Bard’s most famous works like professionals. From confused lovers to fairy king and queen, the intricate characterisations left audiences dazzled and once again demonstrated the extensive commitment and hard work put into the production by the students and staff involved. Furthermore, the crew’s efforts before and during the production were not unnoticed and helped to create the magical realism that underpins the text. From the enchanting set, to the atmospheric lighting, to the carefully coordinated costumes, each aspect of the production was designed with a clear attention to detail and for this the crew should rightly claim their share of the rapturous applause that filled the hall. The Performing Arts Faculty have once again demonstrated that their creative flare can handle even the tallest order; proving that even though the course of true love never does run smooth, school productions of such quality certainly can.

Grease

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‘Grease’ is the Word!

Boasting a huge all-singing and all-dancing cast, performing in an array of brightly coloured costumes, Grease was an ambitious production to stage. Did it live up to expectations?

In a word, yes! Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College’s production of the much loved and highly popular musical Grease was a resounding success, winning many well deserved plaudits from the packed audience of children and adults who attended the performances last week. As Head teacher John Leigh commented, Grease was ‘way, way, way beyond good, with real energy and passion on display creating a sense of enjoyment that was truly infectious’.

From the opening bars which signalled the start of an amazing evening of live music, right until the final chorus of ‘We Go Together’, the whole show radiated groove, it had meaning, and for the entire cast, ‘Grease’ was most definitely what they were feeling! And they weren’t the only ones!

What was significant about this year’s production – and what made it all the more exciting and indeed special – was the addition of boys from Sandbach School to the cast. The all-girl presentations of school productions past have undoubtedly held their own in terms of glowing performances and talent on stage, but a mixed cast production of Grease, was something else; the boys’ presence on stage added a new dimension which was both charming and delightful. Will Dakin, a fine Danny, was the perfect match to Katie French’s sweet Sandy whose beautiful voice was particularly impressive during a soulful rendition of ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You.’

A couple of standout performances made Grease really enjoyable, the first being Georgia Parker Aitken who played Vince Fontaine. Her hip swaying interpretation of the cheeky host was simply hilarious! Another talent was Rosie Walsh – the audience’s initial confusion at the different voices being emitted turned to one of astonishment when it became clear that she was basically performing a clip of the film that Danny and Sandy watch at the drive-in cinema during a date!

Full of fun and energy, Grease was one happy and enthusiastic production with every single member of the cast smiling, laughing, singing and dancing their way through the evening. So much positivity and talent on display was a treat to behold – Drama teacher and director Mrs Bennion, along with the entire cast and crew deserve huge thanks and congratulations for reminding us once again that like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong, Grease is the word!

Bugsy

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A hectic time, a lot of rehearsals, a bit of ill and four fantastic shows. That was Bugsy to me. And it was fantastic.

Auditions were at the start of the year, with many hopefuls showing their skills to get parts, and, after a few days of tense speculation, the cast list was announced. Some familiar faces took roles, such as Fat Sam being played by the very talented Amber Allcock (formerly Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the brilliant Harriet Barker (formerly Sibyl in Daisy Pulls it Off) in the role of Dandy Dan. They were alongside some new faces in the productions, the likes of Chloe Ravenscroft as Blousey Brown; her debut role performed fantastically.

Rehearsals started straight away, everyone throwing themselves into the rehearsal process, into character and of course into the New York accent. Everyone’s accent was very good it must be said, very much rising to the challenge set and doing themselves and true New Yorkers proud.

The shows rolled round much sooner than anyone expected as ever, making the last week before shows very hectic – only worsened by illness that struck right at a crucial time. People throwing up, collapsing and crying left right and centre certainly didn’t help stress levels as the shows edged ever closer. But I am pleased to say everyone pulled through for show week, and all came together in time to make each night one to remember.

Bugsy was a fantastic experience, and the cast became and have remained very close. ‘Thank yous’ go to all the teachers and former pupils who came together to make the shows a success, with particular thanks to the tireless Ms Aldridge without whom none of it would have been possible.