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The Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts was created in 2010 as a response to consistently high achievement within the area and an eagerness to extend the extra-curricular offer beyond the norm. It works on PDQ\ OHYHOV HQDEOLQJ VWXGHQWV WR IXOĂ€O DPELWLRQV DQG reach goals that might otherwise seem out of reach. Within the department we have a varied curriculum offer that extends itself out into the community and beyond, working alongside theatres, universities and schools alike. The rigorous and empowering variety of courses that meet all needs within the subject area enables students to be introduced to and further their initial interest in a selection of areas within the performing arts that they might otherwise have not encountered before. Over the last academic year Cronton Sixth Form College has forged new partnerships with Romanian, Belgian and Australian colleagues and formed a dedicated alliegance that enhances and strengthens our department whilst complimenting current performance practice.

‘I’ve  had  an  amazing  time!    I’ve   learnt  so  much  about  my  passion  -­   music.’ OWEN HULSE BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA POPULAR MUSIC

With the launch of its annual Performance Programme which aims to create industry standard extra-curricular performances alongside its successful curriculum offer, the department is now targeting some of the borough’s most talented individuals with a busy programme that generates high energy, industry standard productions.

‘A Level Theatre Studies is the right mix of theory and practical for me. I can’t imagine enjoying my Sixth Form experience without it!’ Tom Washington AS Theatre Studies

‘A Level Dance is exactly what I wanted it to be. It teaches me how to properly understand my body and to use it correctly and creatively.’ Hayley Flanagan A2 Dance Students devise and produce their own work A Level Theatre Studies

‘Rehearsing A Christmas Carol has taught me a lot about the industry. Doing something on this scale in your own time demands a great deal of discipline and effective time management and both of these are drummed into students very early on.’ Chloe Millington BTEC National Diploma in Musical Theatre


A Christmas Carol 2010

Dickens is still the man to beat! I \gfll`afcl`YlYfqgl`]jfYjjYlan][YfljmdqljYfkhgjlqgmZY[c lgYlae]dgf__gf]&=n]jqfggc Yf\ [jYffq ak Y[[gmfl]\ ^gj Matt Plant (Director)

From a theatrical point of view there are hundreds of facial expressions and harrowing situations with which to work. The evocation of visual effects enables the audience to fully engage with a time long past but we are still able to visit it via the almost cinematic and visually evocative narrative that Dickens has left us with eternally. The commodity culture that Dickens delves into, revealing a backdrop of spectacular insight into a world that is rapidly changing, is all too familiar to us and this makes the story even more accessible – evoking within us perhaps a social sympathy for those who have little, whether it be money or morals.

The performance then is not about, as Audrey Jaffe puts it, ‘the man of no feeling, but the man who has forgotten how to feel.’ Alan Menken has brought this to life with a tremendous score and we have had such fun with it, collaborating with schools and working with colleagues from within the borough and beyond.

A[gmd\fgl`Yn]l`gm_`lg^YZ]ll]jk`go David Lloyd Mostyn lgdYmf[`gmj;]flj]g^=p[]dd]f[] (Musical Director)

7KLVLV/OR\G:HEEHUDQG5LFH·VWKLUGFROODERUDWLRQ7KHÀUVWEHLQJFriends Rehearsals take place in Like Us in 1966, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1967, the DRAMA STUDIO and then the extraordinary Jesus Christ Superstar in 1970. The same year brought about extraordinary cultural shifts and fundamental recognition of fresh theatrical endeavour. The work looks at the psychology of JeVXVDQGWKHPDLQSOD\HUVLQKLVFUXFLÀ[LRQ$JUHDWGHDORIWKHSORWORRNV DWWKHFKDUDFWHURI-XGDVZKRLQ5LFH·VO\ULFVLVSOD\HGDVDWUDJLFÀJXUH who becomes increasingly frustrated with the way Jesus directs his disciples. Some of Rice’s best work is here and the youthfulness of Lloyd Webber, prior to the sophistication of Phantom of the Opera and the complexity within Cats, is evident throughout. The Twentieth Century is perfectly situated for this work; its inhibitions opposing the frank frustrations of the time and discussing as much about modern day life as in the year 33AD.

7LP 5LFH UHFHQWO\ UHĂ HFWHG LQ KLV DXWRELRJUDSK\ 2K :KDW A Circus, that [he] ‘attempted to write words that could have stood on their own without music, deliberately conversational rather than poetic for the most part. I still came up with several false rhymes, which annoy me now, but attempts to eliminate most of these, when Andrew staged a West End revival of the show in 1996, didn’t actually make much difference. Indeed one or two JCS fans complained to me about the changes; for example I altered a priest’s line from ‘One thing I’ll say for him Jesus is cool’ to ‘Infantile sermons - the multitude drools’ in order to rhyme with ‘Miracle wonderman, hero of fools’, and received a letter IURP D \RXQJ IULHQG RI P\ VRQ VXJJHVWLQJ WKH HQWLUH Ă DYRXURIWKDWVFHQHLIQRWWKHĂ€UVWDFWKDGEHHQORVW6RPHtimes technique is less important than a visceral approach.’


Forthcoming Productions


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Cronton Sixth Form College Drama Studio (13th & 14th April) Drama Studio (13th & 14th April) Rice and Lloyd Webber pick up their awards for best selling album 1971.

Drama Studio (25th & 26th May)

More information on our productions can be found on our Centre of Excellence website. Simply log onto and click the Centre of Excellence production link or call 0151 424 1515 (3150) for more details.

Centre of Excellence Booklet  

A short introduction to the Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts at Cronton Sixth Form College.

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