Drama is a key part of school life and many parents, pupils and staff are struck by how seriously Cranleigh approaches performance in all its forms. Indeed, many pupils cite the standard of Drama at Cranleigh as one of the reasons that they chose the school.
Taking part in a production, whether as an actor, designer, stage manager or technician provides an unparalleled challenge which builds teamwork, creates long-lasting friendship and gives young people social confidence. It’s also extremely enjoyable and will remain one of the most memorable experiences of a student’s time at school.
However, Academic Drama affords pupils an opportunity to study in a different way, and students certainly value having a number of lessons per week that aren’t solely spent behind a desk! Choosing Drama as part of the curriculum and as a GCSE or A-Level choice affords pupils at Cranleigh a balanced timetable, and provides communication skills that in later life are useful during interviews and in the workplace. The principal focus of all forms of Drama at Cranleigh is for pupils to enjoy performing, whilst being pushed to reach the highest standards possible.
It is not necessary to study Academic Drama to participate in a school production. Auditions are open to all. There are two Main School productions each year in Michaelmas and Lent term. The Junior Play is in the Summer term and is aimed at the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth. Recent Main School productions include “Les Miserables” (March 2016) “A Flea in Her Ear” (November 2016) and the upcoming “Anna Karenina” (March 2017). The next musical will be in March 2018.
Last year’s Junior Plays were “Treasure Island” and “Brave New World”. This summer we will be performing “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman.
If you don’t want to perform on the stage you can contribute in other ways by being part of the Production Arts team which offers opportunities in lighting, sound, stage management and design. Students can join from the Fourth Form and will take leadership roles by the time they reach Sixth Form.
Tickets for all school productions can be booked online at http://cranleigh.org/tickets and are available to parents, staff and friends of the school.
In addition to Main School Plays, the boarding houses perform House Plays each term and these are student-led offering opportunities for directors and playwrights. Most recent House Plays include “Anne-Arky” (West House) and “The Heart of Robin Hood” (Cubitt House).