Modern musical leaves smiles on faces

13 is the modern and eccentric musical, which was performed this week by the Block 3s and 4s in the Olivier Theatre. The production covered many scary yet comical elements of growing up and becoming a teenager, such as a girl or boy’s first kiss, which is the main basis of the play, along with the complications of friendships, relationships and lies. The musical starred many budding actors and actresses, including the brilliant Leo Newlands, who played the main role of a young boy who moves to a small town from New York, and here faces many of those difficult pressures young teenage boys face. Other stars of the show were Becky Grubb who was the best friend, Michael Monfort-Tennant who played the jock, and his two trusty sidekicks played Lochie Dix and Lucas Closs. 13 amusingly conquered many of the problems kids face within a school environment, causing cringing moments for the audience, along with moments of pure enjoyment. The songs of the play brought the theatre and the audience to life, leaving a wide smile on everyone’s faces. I was personally involved in the putting together of this musical, helping with the choreography on stage. It was an honour to work with the people involved and the play was a huge success for everyone involved. View photos.

By Tillie McCann, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Dunannie children select ‘Rewind’ for their Easter School Production

Children at Bedales  Pre-Prep, Dunannie, completed the final week of the Spring term with a production entitled ‘Rewind Time’ chronicling the exploits of a group of children who discover a time machine and press the wrong button. The audience enjoyed each scene covering the decades of the 30’s, 50’s, 70’s and 80’s as children from each year group (Reception to Year 3) performed typical dance genres from each era.

Commenting on the production, Jo Webbern, Head of Dunannie said, “The children wowed the audience with a whistle-stop tour of dance and artists through the decades. They explored a variety of genres, from the thirties flappers to seventies punk. The artistic talents of the Dunannie teachers were demonstrated through excellent choreography and drama, which the children performed with gusto. The show not only looked good, it provided a wonderful educational insight for the children into how history influences art and society.”

Dunannie pupils perform Rewind Time

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Powerful and dramatic dance

A Level and BAC Dance students performed their examined choreographed pieces recently in the Olivier Theatre. Bedales Dance Performs gave the audience a chance to see budding and leading choreography and dance talent, and gave students the chance to put their pieces in a professional setting and experience live performance. There was a powerful piece called ‘Dualism’ by Emily Blackley (Block 5), which featured dancers in elasticised full length tubes and ‘With Ropes’ a dramatic piece based on human struggle by Ochre Seagrim (Block 5). The Junior Dance Company performed a Street Dance piece and Elize Layton (6.2) presented her final A Level project about the disaster of the Tsunami. Students’ work was inspired by many practitioners and provided a real cross-section of dance styles and genres. Read more. View photos.

Bedales Dance Performs

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Olivier Theatre hosts dance showcase

The Olivier Theatre played host to a stunning display of local dance talent at the annual Youth Dance Platform last weekend, giving young people the opportunity to perform on stage and see other performances from their contemporaries with the aim of celebrating and developing dance style and talent. The lively fast moving show comprised various short works by students from Bedales and Dunhurst, the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Frensham Heights, Totton College, Amesbury School and Petersfield Academy of Dance. Dunhurst Block 2 pupils performed ‘Those magnificent men in their flying machines’ and Bedales AS Level exam trio performed ‘Shattered’. The Bedales Dance Company performed ‘I believe’, a student devised piece and the BAC group’s ‘Night Light’ saw dancing to an electronic score. Read more. View photos.

Youth Dance Platform 2013

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bedales hosts local dance showcase

Bedales Olivier Theatre played host to a stunning display of local dance talent at the school’s annual Youth Dance Platform over the weekend. The event gives young people the opportunity to perform on stage and see other performances from their contemporaries with the overall aim of celebrating and developing dance style and talent.

The lively fast moving show comprised various short works by the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Frensham Heights, Totton College, Amesbury School, Petersfield Academy of Dance and students from Bedales and Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.

Dunhurst Block 2 (year 8) pupils performed ‘Those magnificent men in their flying machines’. The Bedales AS Level exam trio performed ‘Shattered’ and the Bedales Dance Company performed ‘I believe’, a student devised piece led and rehearsed by them in their own time. The Bedales Block 5 (year 11) group’s ‘Night Light’ saw dancing to an electronic score with a film projection, designed by the students as part of their project.

Erin Norris, Dance Teacher at Amesbury School, said:

“We all had a fantastic day at Bedales. It was such a great opportunity for the pupils to meet other students and to get a chance to share work with each other. It was a really positive event and we are looking forward to next year already.”

Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“The Youth Dance Platform provides a wonderful opportunity for dance students to practise and perform in front of a knowledgeable and appreciative audience. We enjoy hosting this event, enabling local dance companies and school students to learn from each other through sharing their talents and passion for dance.”

Bedales hosts local dance showcase

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Dance takes centre stage

Dance takes centre stage over the next three weeks. The Youth Dance Platform on Sunday 10 March features our own students from Dunhurst and Bedales, as well as the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Amesbury School, Totton College, Frensham Heights and Petersfield Academy of Dance (performances at 5pm and 7.30pm – tickets £5). On Tuesday 12 March, the exciting all-male company 2Faced Dance returns with a brand new full-length work (tickets £12/£10 concessions). Finally, on Tuesday 19March at 7.30pm, Bedales Dance Performs offers a showcase for the choreographic work of our BAC and A-Level students (free tickets). For tickets, please contact 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

Youth Dance Platform

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Drama in Dubai

Performing arts students and staff flew to Dubai in the first week of the holidays for a week of hard work along with huge rewards. Bedales has been involved with an exchange with Dubai College for over 20 years and this is continuing with Steve Gardner and Mike Lambert, former teachers of Bedales now teaching at Dubai College. We started rehearsals for our performance piece a few weeks into the term but it quickly took off with a close nit group and creative ideas. The physical theatre piece was based on the music Carnival of the Animals and was a mixture of different English favourites all tied together with movement and lots of colour. When in Dubai we performed nine times to different primary schools throughout the city to fabulous children, all very engaged and keen. Alongside the performances we conducted workshops to get them involved. We all stayed with host families who looked after us and we made some great friends with our Dubai College student hosts. As well as the performances we visited some fascinating sites and Dubai’s most famous fun spots! A massive thank you to Jo Alldridge for making it all happen, it was an unforgettable week full of different experiences and fun. View photos. Watch a video of the visit filmed by George Veys, 6.2.

By Freya Deane, 6.1

Bedales students perform at Dubai school as part of drama exchange

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

Bollywood and 3FALL dance visit Bedales

By Claire Gammon, Teacher in Charge of Dance    

Last week saw Bedales Dance students take part in two workshops. Dancers from Chichester University’s ‘3FALL’ dance company came to work with A level students.

Bedales School

Rosie Crawley (6.2) said: “the workshop was really helpful for my exam as I can use loads of the ideas, but the next day I couldn‟t walk – those dancers work so hard!” The BAC students, as part of looking at dance in culture, worked with Sanjuti Deew, a classical Indian dancer who has recently finished performing at the South Bank. Students learnt the original classical dance form and then learnt a Bollywood Routine. View photos.

 

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.