The experience of performing to an audience can be life-changing. Working as a cast, in which the finished product is more important than individual ego, is empowering and confidence building. The discipline required, whether it is as performer, technician or designer, is an excellent preparation for the world beyond school. At LMS, specialist teacher encourage a sense of professionalism and production values, which results in work of a very high quality. It is also huge fun and an unforgettable part of school life for those involved.
All plays are chosen to suit the abilities and strengths of those involved.
A Club runs in the Trinity Term, leading to a performance in June. Past productions have included an adaptation of The Odyssey, and Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations, by Alan Aykbourne.
A Module run within lessons culminates in a presentation to Parents.
GCSE Drama students take part in the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, culminating in a performance at the Lincoln Drill Hall in October. Past plays have included Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Twelfth Night.
In the Lent Term, pupils work on a Theatre in Education Module, which is performed for the Prep School.
In the Trinity Term, pupils take part in a scripted play, in conjunction with work on the theories of a chosen practitioner such as Brecht or Stanislavski.
Students in Year 11 focus on the Practical Exam, in which they will create devised or scripted work, as either performer, technician or designer. Beyond this, they are often involved in the Senior Production.
There are many opportunities to perform at A’ Level. The Devised exam is always performed in front of an audience in the Lent term.
Summer School Workshop
The sixth Drama Summer School will take place 11th – 15th July 2016. Participants will rehearse and produce a Play in a week, written especially for them, and will have the opportunity to explore a range of different acting styles, as well as workshops on dancing, singing, stage fighting, props making and much more! The week is open to pupils from current Years 6 – 11. Contact the Senior School Office for further details or click the link to get a copy of the letter for registration
Annual Senior Productions
Each Michaelmas term the Senior School comes together to work on its annual December production, usually alternating between musical theatre and a traditional play. This is open to all pupils from Years 12/13, and GCSE Drama students where appropriate. In the Victorian Watkins Hall – an intimate space – packed audiences become a part of the story unfolding around them. Recent years have seen performances of Our Country’s Good; Guys & Dolls; West Side Story; Pillars of the Community; Oliver! The Crucible; Romeo & Juliet; A Christmas Carol; A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand Pride and Prejudice. Set, lighting and sound are designed and operated by students. We pride ourselves on promoting professional production values and inclusivity.
LAMDA classes are run for pupils in Years 6 – 13. The school has recently become an accredited centre for LAMDA examinations, which means pupils can take their exam on site.
From September 2016 we will benefit additionally from a brand new, state of the art Drama Studio, which will be used for lessons, small-scale productions, and exam work.