We would like to say a big thank you to the wonderful cast and crew of Annie Jr who gave a series of spectacular performances last week. All three evening shows sold out! We have received 22 pages of positive comments from the Parents Facebook page. Thank you to Mrs Norris for compiling this.
We are so proud of all the students who have been involved in the production as they have demonstrated the talent, dedication and collaboration of students at Hampton High. Thank you to all the parents who have supported the students in getting to weekend rehearsals and the show - you have helped create memories they will never forget.
The auditions took place in September where the Performing Arts department had the difficult choice of choosing just one student for each role from the 130 students who auditioned. Mrs Jones, Head of Performing Arts said that “the cast have been an absolute pleasure to work with as they have been organised, collaborative and full of creative energy in order to make this show a success”.
This year, we have established Hampton High’s first Primary Performing Arts Centre. The project started in the Summer Term where students from local primary schools (Buckingham, Hampton Hill and Hampton Juniors) came to Hampton High to take part in singing, dancing and acting workshops with our Performing Arts teaching staff. The second stage of the project involved inviting the primary students to join the students at Hampton High as fellow cast members in our whole school production of Annie Jr. Mrs Jones said that “It has been such a pleasure to work with the students across the three local primary schools and they have been a fantastic addition to the cast”. Thank you to all parents involved for your support!
In addition to this, Mrs Jones has run an Enrichment Programme with Year 12 students from Hampton High and Teddington School which has involved planning, designing, sourcing and making the set and props for the production. The Sixth Form students have worked so hard and many of them have volunteered to help back stage during the performances.
We have had two primary school performances involving students from Hampton Junior School, Hampton Hill Junior School and Buckingham. Approximately 500 primary school students have watched the performance and were incredibly impressed by the talent of the students.
Teacher Mr Gale from Buckingham said “I thought it was an energetic and imaginative retelling of a much loved musical. The children performed brilliantly and there were some truly excellent soloists. It was a great afternoon and our children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
Mr Ashen also from Buckingham commented, “it was superb and kept all the kids riveted for over an hour...!”
We would also like to thank Lady Eleanor Holles School for their support with the Performing Arts Department. They have helped us with costume and set, and have generously given us their wonderful theatre technician, Kody Hicks, who has been invaluable to us during the process. We could not have done this without their support.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way.
The following comments were some of the feedback we had on our Parents Facebook Group page, please join Hampton High Parents on Facebook to see more feedback.
“Absolutely brilliant play, we were all mesmerised from start to finish! Congratulations to everyone on cast and the teachers!” - Mel Stewart
“Just home from Annie which was brilliant, hugely entertaining with some stand out performances and a fabulous ensemble. The staff and students must have worked so hard. Everyone should be very proud. I left with a big grin on my face.” - Linda Nathan
“Fabulous show by very talented actors and actresses and wonderful role models for younger children watching tonight. Well done everyone.” - Jess Holder