Drama and performance form a major part of life at Shrewsbury International School.
All children from EY1 to Year 9 have an opportunity to develop their performing talents in timetabled lessons, with many also choosing to continue their theatre studies more seriously at GCSE and A-level. Shrewsbury graduates regularly go on to pursue these passions at university level with a view to forging a professional career in acting or theatre production.
From the first days at school, children in our Early Years classes find their voice through singing, dancing and acting. As they get older, pupils progress to class-led assemblies, performance poetry and whole year group productions to packed houses in the Memorial Hall.
In the Senior School, students take part in theatrical activity ranging from sketches to Shakespeare. Major plays and musicals are staged each year alongside productions and performances devised and directed by students themselves. Senior drama students broaden their experience of professional theatre through study tours in Thailand and around the region. For the last few years, GCSE and A level drama students have visited the annualHong Kong Performing Arts festival.
In recognition of our commitment to the performing arts, Shrewsbury offers scholarships to Drama students who demonstrate talent, passion and commitment – and who will continue to develop their stagecraft after school.
Every year, each of our Junior School year groups from Year 1 through to Year 4 stage their own production, putting their own unique twists on some familiar tales and giving the students the chance to shine on the school's main auditorium stage. Recent year group productions include Alice in Wonderland, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Robin Hood.
As they look towards their studies in the Senior School, classes from Year 5 and 6 also get a chance to perform on the stage in assembly and graduation events.
The regular auditioned Senior School productions, which often make use of the more intimate performance spaces in the school's recital hall and drama studio, provide opportunities for aspiring actors to develop their passion for the performing arts.
The School’s main annual production (Senior School) takes place in Term 1. There are normally three performances on consecutive nights, featuring upwards of 40 performers plus backstage crew. Recent productions have included an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Ash Girl.
The popular House SceneFest competition, which takes place over two consecutive night in term 2, sees performers from different houses collaborating in productions of a set theme, hoping to earn the coveted SceneFest Trophy for their house.
In the final weeks of the academic year, Senior drama students and scholars (sometimes in collaboration with staff actors), stage a student led production.
In addition to these events, the annual Fusion event, a series of individual sketches, musical performances, poetry, dance and comedy, provides an opportunity for students to take the creative lead, and is one of the most varied and popular events in the school calendar.