Students from Key Stage 3 and 5 received a rapturous response to their sold-out performances of ‘The Ice Queen’. This collaborative approach was confidently led by Sam Langley from Year 13, who used prior learning to mentor students across the age span whilst simultaneously learning to adapt and direct a stage production for her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Peers generated outstanding and nuanced musical theatre performances, whilst others began early EPQ investigations into the design potential of stage media including: costume design/ manufacture; mask-work; shadow puppetry; hair and make-up. The purpose of an EPQ is to provide an early bridge between the content and learning of conventional A Level courses and the rigorous modes and approaches of undergraduate study. As such, it can form an excellent point of discussion during the increasingly-competitive university application process; in addition to boosting self-confidence in research and referencing methodologies and furthering interpersonal skills.
As Sam commented, ‘Over the past few weeks we have been constantly rehearsing for our project… Every lunch-time performers have practiced famous songs from a recent box-office hit… The set has many handmade features, including snowflakes, but the creativity didn’t stop there: handmade costumes have been created especially for the performance! Although the adaptation from screen to stage has been difficult, it has been really fun to see the change over the past few weeks and a great start to the festive period.’