Performing Arts Festival
The Redstart Learning Partnership Performing Arts Festival 2022
For the first time 150 Pupil’s from all our 10 schools enjoyed the opportunity to tread the boards at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton. The invited pupils celebrated performing arts in all its forms, enjoying the day at a professional theatre benefitting from the opportunity to perform on the stage in front of a live audience.
The children participated in a number of workshops hosted by two industry professionals Carolyn Tudor and Stuart Fox-Chaffer. Carolyn provided singing workshops and Stuart took the children through their paces with dance workshops. The morning was spent singing, dancing and rehearsing their own performances which were performed in the afternoon’s variety show, watched by family members.
The children involved also performed this year’s Sing Up Day song ‘Love as our Guide'. The performance was a rousing and uplifting experience for those involved and watching. The pop anthem explores themes of kindness and of being a person you can be proud of, it also acknowledges the difficult times we've been through, but together, with resilience and by being kind to ourselves and others, we will make it through. Going forward Redstart schools will use this song on International Sing Up Day on 29th June and will perform it along with hundreds of other schools around the world.
Supporting the performing arts festival was the fabulous artwork from the winners of The Redstart Learning Partnership’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee art competition. Adorning the walls at the Brewhouse the Jubilee themed artwork was displayed for all to see and enjoy. The competition was judged by Suzzanne Flack (CEO of The Redstart Learning Partnership), Sue Lennox (a talented local artist who has created many amazing murals across the Trust schools) and Ethne Staniland (Trust Curriculum Lead for Art). The entries were exceptional and certificates were awarded for each year group (from Reception to year 6).
A spokesperson for The Redstart Learning Partnership said:
‘The performing arts festival was such a wonderful opportunity and experience for the pupils involved and great for families to share in the experience. It was the first year all our schools have participated in a performing arts festival and it was a phenomenal success. Our thanks go to the staff involved in planning and preparing for the day and in particular Hannah Czeres, Curriculum Leader of PE who pulled the day together and Ethne Staniland for her work on the Jubilee art competition and also the parents for their support. We are so immensely proud of our pupils. It was an absolute joy to see them shine on the professional stage”.
Kate Caldecott, Assistant Head of School at Minerva Primary School said:
"What a fantastic day full of talented young people! The children of the schools in The Redstart Learning Partnership were simply brilliant! They thoroughly enjoyed taking part in dance and singing workshops and loved performing on stage in the Brewhouse Theatre.
Hannah Czeres, Curriculum lead for PE said:
“Two years ago we had an idea, we wanted to organise a performing arts festival across the trust with creative workshops and the opportunity for children to experience performing on a professional stage. Covid hit and that idea went on hold... Today, 150 children across 10 schools got to experience workshops with incredible industry professionals Carolyn Tudor and Stuart Fox-Chaffer, rehearse with a professional theatre team and perform on a theatre stage to an audience. For the first time ever, all 10 schools have collaborated together and the children had a wonderful day. Thank you so much to everyone involved”.