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Performing Arts London Trip

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Performing Arts students from Falmouth School travelled to London last week for a jam packed schedule of fun and activities. Students in years 9-13 showed real enthusiasm on the trip and were a real credit to their school.

After an early start and good journey up, the group arrived in London excited. The first stop was dinner at Pizza Express, before heading straight to the Cambridge Theatre to watch Matilda the Musical. Students and staff were amazed by an incredible set, including school desks and living room furniture popping up from the stage floor and an incredibly realistic school gate.

The following day it was theatre number two and The Royal Theatre on Drury Lane for a backstage tour. The entertaining historical guide was led by two professional actors from the West End, who played influential characters in the making of the theatre we know today. A real highlight was standing in the Royal waiting area where the Dutchess of Cambridge recently took her intervals whilst watching 42nd Street.

After lunch the group visited the famous Pineapple Dance Studios and took part in a singing workshop learning 'Stick it to the man' from School of Rock the musical. The musical director who led the session has worked on many musicals, including The Lion King and gave us a real insight into the rehearsal process for a professional West End performer.

After heading through Leicester Square the touring party stopped for dinner at Planet Hollywood, where in our private balcony seating area students sang along to the music-putting what was learnt into practice! There was a brief detour through Trafalgar Square for some sightseeing, before heading to the New London Theatre to see 'School of Rock' the musical. The show was an incredible display of young talent with young actors singing, dancing and playing instruments live throughout the high energy show. Everyone was blown away by the skill of the performers and left buzzing with excitement.

On the final day the group headed to the Warner Brothers Studio Experience to look at the props, costumes and wigs from the Harry Potter films and to tour the sets. The most popular areas included entering The Great Hall, boarding the Hogwarts Express and walking through the Forbidden Forest. Everyone was amazed by the detail that is put into each production, with engineers ensuring that the mechanics of the vault door of Gringotts Bank was fully operational, to the prosthetic, robotic head that Hagrid's body double had to use in long distance shots. 

Overall the trip was a fantastic snap shot into the vast world of performance; whether it be an actor, dancer, or musician or a costume, wig or set maker. Dance teacher at Falmouth School Miss Roberts said "The weekend was a wonderful experience, with an excellent variety of activities. But what really made it so fantastic was the energy and positivity the students brought to every aspect."

Posted on: 18/07/17

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