Year 7 Perform Much Ado About Nothing
This term, 32 of our Year 7s tackled one of Shakespeare’s most energetic comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. The process started last term with auditions, and this term, the play was cast and the 10 week run of rehearsals began almost immediately. The focus of the first few rehearsals was getting our heads around the language, which is tricky enough for professional actors to understand, let alone our wonderful Year 7s.
Halfway through the term, we headed to GLive Theatre in Guildford where we would ultimately be performing for a workshop with the incredible team running the Shakespeare Festival there. We worked with one other school and we each showed the other one scene being worked on. The children were overwhelmed and excited to visit and act in the extraordinary space they would soon be performing in. After the workshop, it was back to school to get ready for the real thing!
The day of the Festival was filled with a nervous energy and real enthusiasm and excitement for the night’s performance. On arrival, we were all taken to the dressing rooms to get ready for a technical rehearsal, followed by the full dress rehearsal. From the minute we arrived, the children were treated as any professional actor would be, making the experience that much more exciting and rewarding. There was always a definite sense of being one large ensemble with the three other schools who would be performing that evening and our Year 7s more than held their own, despite being the youngest group by some years. We were incredibly proud of the effort and energy that every single cast member put into this terrific performance. We are enormously grateful for the energy and enthusiasm for both theatre, in its broadest sense, and Shakespeare that the professional mentors and members of the Shakespeare Schools Festival Team passed on so brilliantly to all the children.