Drama and performance form a major part of life at Shrewsbury International School.
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, whole year group productions and auditioned performances to packed houses in the Memorial Hall.
The opportunity to perform helps to develop valuable transferable skills, and whilst several Shrewsbury graduates have gone on pursue their passion for acting and theatre production at at university level, all students benefit from the confidence, collaboration and communication skills that are developed through the curriculum and extended through the the vibrant co-curricular programme.
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 in life after school.
In the Junior School, performance is woven into the curriculum, in the form of whole year group productions and class assemblies, and is a central feature of the school’s community celebrations, including Graduation events. Recent whole year group productions have included Fantastic Mr. Fox, Aladdin and Shrek.
In Senior School, timetabled Drama lessons continue until Year 9, whilst the optional GCSE and A level programmes beyond, allow further development of performance technique and the academic study of stagecraft, styles and genres from around the world.
It is through the co-curricular programme, however, that opportunities to perform are extended to students right through the school. The regular auditioned Senior School productions provide opportunities for all students to be part of theatre production both in on-stage and off-stage roles. They are able to experience the team work and dedication needed throughout the rehearsal process as well as the rewards that 'show week' brings.
The School’s main annual production (Senior School) takes place in Term 1 or Term 2, the most recent being a Musical production, involving extensive collaboration with the music department. It is hoped that musical productions will alternate with plays every other year going forward. There are normally three performances on consecutive nights, featuring upwards of 40 performers plus backstage crew. Recent play performances have included an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Ash Girl, whilst musical productions have included Sister Act and High School Musical.
The popular House SceneFest competition takes place bi-annually, in years where the main school production is a play rather than a musical. SceneFest runs over two consecutive nights, and sees performers from different houses collaborating in productions of a set theme, hoping to earn the coveted SceneFest Trophy for their House.
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.