pupils from Belmont Grosvenor School on stage performing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Pupils from Belmont Grosvenor School on stage performing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Belmont Grosvenor Shakespeare Festival

12 November 2014

Pupils from Belmont Grosvenor enjoyed a magical evening when they took to the stage to perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as part of a national Shakespearean festival.

Youngsters from Year 6 at the Harrogate school were invited to take part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2014 season, which aims to give pupils across the UK the opportunity to perform an abridged version of one of the Bard’s plays in a professional theatre, with full technical support.

This year, 130 performance venues across the country opened their doors to 35,000 young actors, and pupils from Belmont Grosvenor were given the chance to perform at the Carriageworks in Leeds.

Belmont Grosvenor School’s drama co-ordinator Catherine Fearn, who runs the school’s popular Cutrain Call drama club, said the performance had been “truly magical”.

Catherine Fearn said: In Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary year, it was an amazing experience which the talented BGS students will always remember!

The rapturous applause at the end of the 35 minute performance, then afterwards, the amazing feedback full of every superlative from the audience, and the SSF organisers alike, were endless

Pupils enjoyed the whole theatrical process, from auditioning for parts, to rehearsing, getting to grips with the authentic Shakespearian text, and learning the choreography.

Mrs Fearn said the youngsters had an insight into how a professional actor works, with technical and dress rehearsals and warm-ups.

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