"The production was stunning and enjoyed by all who saw it. Makes me very proud of all staff and students involved. Better than the two other professional productions I have seen this year. A triumph last night. I really enjoyed it. It was imaginative and joyous and really captured the spirit of the play. Last night was good as they captured the joy of it and anarchic quality of the fairies. It is all about the power of the imagination but is very benign. Well done for conveying all that. The language is so wonderful too." Mrs Salmon
"WOW!!!! What a performance that was – you have clearly all worked incredibly hard - we are so proud of everyone involved.
The magic of it all – the interpretation, costumes, makeup, set, music, movement – just all of it really. Fantastic!" Mrs Carter
"Had to say a few words ... saw MSND last night - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING - from start to finish. To see Shakespeare being presented so expertly and inventively to a standard that exceeded professional productions was awesome. Have to also mention the music and tech people - text messages/ring tones (well done Geggs!) and all the songs (from my era!!) added an extra brilliance. Slapstick Mechanicals particularly enjoyed by my father-in-law (judging by loud guffaws!!) A huge WELL DONE and acknowledgement of all the hard work." Mrs Rowe
"I just thought I needed to let you know how much my family and I enjoyed the Play MSND on Friday last week. Not only were the set and costumes brilliant but the students acting was fantastic, after a very short time of watching I forgot who the students were and I was completely taken up by the story. The plays you and your team have produced have always been strong but I thought MSND was stunning. Many thanks for all your hard work." Mrs Biggs Duke
"Congratulations to all who were involved. A stunning production. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bravo!" Dr Hawley ( Kelly Headmaster)
"Congratulations on a Midsummer Nights Dream last week – it was fantastic." Mrs Allen
"Massive congratulations to ALL involved it was stunning – can’t wait for the next one." Mrs Jerrett
"Brilliant XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" Mrs Thurgood
"Just wanted to say we really enjoyed the play this week. Everything about the production was great including music, set costumes, texts etc. A friend who is doing the play for GCSE and came last night said she preferred it to the the recent Theatre Royal production." Mrs Alexander
"Just a quick line to say huge congratulations...it was onset full, so cleverly and creatively staged. I wish it was on again this evening!!" Mrs Rogers
"I loved the show! It was amazing and I wouldn't have missed it." Mrs Mitchell
"Dear clever, wonderful people, I had to write to say that I thought the "Dream" was entrancing, enthralling, hilarious, magical.....every wonderful thing I can say. I loved every second, from walking in and seeing the actors who would not meet our eyes; the eerie "anti fairies" whose movements were so strange and supernatural and who seemed to manipulate everything...so clever that they were always there......the hilarious Mechanicals and clever choices of music, Joe, Bert and Tanya were particularly awe inspiring; the clever text messages and selfies; the fact that it smelt of a forest when you walked in; the leaves, the "wall, " the singing at the end and hilarious "true love" going on between Will and Tanya...........I was and am overwhelmed...I just want to see it again..and again....
Totally, utterly and magically brilliant. What a triumph." Mrs Hubbard
"Amazing amazing amazing amazing! I would watch that again and again Thank you for such an awesome night out. My parents loved it. Dad said he would happily have paid quite a lot more and that it was easily better than some of the things he has seen at the Drum! And that every aspect was fab, the acting the set, the front of house team, the costume, the makeup – everything! Please let us know when the next something is so we can definitely be there!" Mrs Earley
On Friday 15th November 100 students performed in the Creative Arts Showcase Evening. The performers ranged from dancers, singers, actors and musicians. Even some beautiful art work was displayed in the foyer from talented art and photography students.
This evening was to show families and friends what pupils ranging from year 7- 13 have been up to at Tavistock College creatively. Furthermore for year 12 Performance Studies students this was their performance exam for their A level.
We were overwhelmed with the 170 audience members who came to support. The evening was fantastic and everyone performed brilliantly. It was great to see how much the college are offering in the arts. Vox, Mrs Stephenson's new choir had their debut performance along side the dance company ‘Fusion’ run by Miss Giles. They collaborated and performed ‘A thousand years’.
It was nice to see how all the art forms can work together and create inspirational work. We even made an inspector visiting the school emotional.
As one parent said "These just get better! This is probably the 4th showcase I have attended and this has to be the best yet. The talent on show here was at times jaw dropping, thought provoking and tear jerking. Tavistock college students you should be very proud of yourselves ..... A great evenings' entertainment."
Thank you to everyone who performed, came to watch and supported the event
Following the sell-out success of ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ Tavistock College’s Creative Arts Faculty are busy putting together their next Senior College Production. Rehearsals have already started for the December production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream whilst the Art and DT teams are busy with the design side of things already. The cast has a range of actors from Year 9 - 13 who are all looking forward to performing their contemporary version of the Shakespearean classic in December. Phoebe Adams, Year 13 and Deputy Head Girl (Hippolyta) said “I am so excited to be given the chance to be involved in a Shakespearean play as I have never had the opportunity before, and I feel that it will support my transition to drama school next year”.
The play is being directed and produced by professional director Natasha Buckley and Head of Creative Arts at the College, Eva Pearson. This is a great opportunity for the cast to work in a professional model and give them an insight to working as a real performance company. Natasha Buckley said “It is a great privilege to return to the college to work on this production. My role is an envious one as the quality of support from Mrs Salmon, Eva Pearson's Faculty and the whole college is unparalleled elsewhere. Add to this the exceptional skills and talent displayed by the student body, makes this work exciting, dynamic and innovative. I feel very, very lucky to be involved, this Dream will be like no other!”
The teaching team have made sure that students not only have the chance to be on stage but also work across the art forms in dance and music or be backstage. Tegan Cunningham, Year 13, will take on the role of Assistant Director/producer, Art club students are already busy making the props, whilst aspiring set and costume designers are working to produce sketches of the set and various character outfits. The show will be run front of house and technically by students under the expert tuition of Richard Tucker, Performing Arts Technician.
Natasha has been working hard on transforming the script into a contemporary Shakespeare piece yet still keeping in the beautiful Old English that everyone associates with Shakespeare. The show is going to be performed in Tavistock College 12, 13, 14 December where the audience will be invited in to the magical world of spirits and sprites, mechanicals and the mortals where the world as we know it will be turned on its head.
The production team are looking for fake Christmas trees of all sizes to dress the set. If you have one you no longer require and would like to donate it to the production please contact Richard Tucker on 01822 614231 ex 288 or email@example.com.
On Tuesday 12th march, 5 members of the AS Performance Studies Class performed a ‘Cabaret’ style evening at Tavistock Football Club. They had spent a couple of months creating this 30 minute piece. Their aim was to incorporate a local story within a cabaret style for the community. The evening was packed with lots of singing, dancing and acting and involved a lot of jokes aimed at the Tavistock Community! Jokes about Lidls, Crebers, the Janners and ‘Harry you’re a grockel’ were all in there. The audience could not stop laughing. This was a very successful evening and every audience member had a smile on their face when they left the football club. The company involved Phoebe Adams, Tor Hudswell, Emma Elder, Kieron McClary and Bryony Smith. They all worked so very hard and we are very proud of their performance.
Thursday 7th March
The Year 12 Performance Studies A level group performed their version of a classic panto, calling it A- Lad-In-Tavi and following aspects of the story of Aladdin and a local historical tale about an (evil) Judge who didn’t want his daughter (leading lady) to marry a local boy (principal boy) and so sentenced her to death (boo, hiss!).
They group scripted the entire piece themselves, choreographed all the dances and composed the score. Audiences were delighted with the local references to shops and places mixed in with up to date songs, musical theatre and all the traditional trappings of a panto…..slop scenes…..Widow Twanky…..and loads of audience interaction! Tom, Tegan, Kirsty, Will, Josie and Ellen did the style proud and had much fun along the way!
Saturday 9th March
Banter at the Bandstand was a suitable name for the AS Level Performance Studies Community Performance piece. Four talented Year 12 students took to the stage and created a witty, energetic ,dynamic performance inspired by the 16th Century Art form of Commedia Dell’ Arte. These four students created a community piece of theatre which incorporated drama, dance and music and was suitable for all age groups. Students performed as stock characters; Nick Bennett played the role of Il Capitano, a comedic Spanish lover, James Lamey as Il Dottoro , a doctor obsessed by food and the sound of his own voice. Lydia Stephens played the role of Pantalone, a withered yet foul tempered Italian father obsessed by money, and finally, his daughter Isabella a young naïve ( and totally self obsessed) adolescent was played by Harriet Spencer. On the day of the performance (typical to Tavistock) the heavens opened but these students were not put off by the rain and performed to their audience made up of nearly 100 members of the general public. ‘Banter at the Band Stand’ had the audience roaring, this Comedic piece did everything it set out to do plus more! Well done to all the talented cast members involved.
Last year I put on my first ever ‘Showcase Evening of Dance’ and was so proud to have 20 students performing. I never thought that a year later I would have 50 dancers performing in one evening! On Monday 11th March students ranging from year 7-10 danced their hearts out in the Hall in front of friends and family. Performances included ‘Dance Club’ who performed their own choreography which was excellent. Their choreographic skills are very creative and I am very impressed with their work. We also had GCSE year 10 Dance performing their assessed pieces. Their work is excellent and they performed with amazing focus and energy. Thank you to the dancers who performed solos. This is a very daunting experience but they all did so well. This year I’ve been fortunate to set up my own Dance Academy. They performed their first every dance to ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’. This was choreographed by myself in collaboration with the dancers. They all performed excellently and the dance looked beautiful so well done to them.
I want to say thank you to everyone who came to support the dancers, Eva Pearson and Richard Tucker for being amazing as always. Most importantly I want to say thank you to all my amazing dancers. You made me so proud and I can’t wait to do it all again!