Cast, Crew and Audience Reflect on our Sell-Out School Production of Annie Jnr.

Our first school production in quite a long time, the dust is now settling on Annie Jnr. What a show. it was!

61 pupils from years 6-9 took part. This included on stage, front of house and backstage roles. A sold out run of performances welcomed 250 audience members to The Barn Theatre over 4 performances, (with an additional primary school production for local children).

Even snow couldn’t stop the fun! With Friday’s snow day closing the school the performance was pushed to Monday afternoon!

In the Music and Drama department we know that taking part in live performance helps pupils to grow in confidence and build teamwork skills. Being part of the school production forms exciting memories for later life.

School production, Annie Jnr, Performing Arts Fyling Hall
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School Production Annie Jnr, Fyling Hall School performing arts
school production, annie jnr, performing arts, fyling hall school

Reflections on Our School Production.

Cast members and crew have been reflecting on show week;

“I really enjoyed the whole experience of doing the show. I’ve never actually done a play before and it was an amazing experience. I absolutely love the end scene with the arrests where I went out into the audience, I loved seeing people in the audience and how my mum was at every show! I honestly miss it so much, I can’t even express how much I loved performing. I hope we do another one soon!”
Bonnie (Miss Hannigan)

“During the rehearsals and the show I have learnt acting skills. My favourite part was seeing the teachers as the statue of liberty and having to hide them during the interval.”
Oliver (Drake the butler)

“I enjoyed being a servant, it wasn’t a big part but I enjoyed it. I also like being a building in one sing because it was funny seeing which teacher was hiding behind me to be the Statue of Liberty”
Sienna (chorus)

“This was my first time doing a big performance. I really enjoyed the show because it was a chance to sing for an audience on stage.”
Eve (Grace Farrell)

“I enjoyed the final show coming together at the end, after all the practices and effort we put into it. I think it was a great experience!”
Belle (Dancer/Choreographer)

“I enjoyed when the year 6s were dancing and singing. The show was very busy with people coming off and on stage and people getting changed. It was exciting to be part of.”
Tianna (Wardrobe/Crew)

“I was Mr Warbucks in Annie and I really enjoyed it. I really liked the singing and the acting in it all. It has made me more confident.”
Jonas (Mr Warbucks)

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Annie Jnr, School production, fyling hall school performing arts
School production, Annie Jnr, Fyling Hall School performing arts

Audience reaction has been great too;

“I meant to say how much we enjoyed Annie! Some good singers and actors there, and they had clearly worked hard, so that they could enjoy giving us a show.”

“We were delighted and felt very privileged to be entertained by young people who were clearly enjoying themselves and working hard.”

We loved it, and as an ex teacher and erstwhile Director I know how hard it is and how much pressure is involved . Hats off to them all!”

There’s not been much time to miss the buzz of the school production as it’s been straight into Christmas carol concert preparations and performances! First at the Whitby Pavillion and this week at St Stephen’s church.

After a much deserved holiday, the performing arts department will be starting the new year with our year 10 and year 11 RSL diploma drama performances at the end of January. We’ll also be preparing Fyling Hall School’s entries for Eskdale Festival of the Arts in early March! Fyling Hall is a wonderful place to be for music and drama – whether on the stage, in the studio or behind the scences. Want to know more? Visit our music and drama pages or read about the performing arts subject option in the Senior School and Sixth Form curriculum.