In Drama at High March the emphasis is based simply on one word – confidence. Each pupil is taught in a very positive manner, encouragement being the key.
Every pupil in Upper School is given an opportunity to perform on a weekly basis (twice weekly if taken privately). She is congratulated constantly, and rarely criticised. She is told repeatedly that she can do it, never that she can’t. All positive points are applauded, and suggestions as to how her performance could be improved are approached tactfully. We are not training actors: we are bringing up girls to be strong and to feel good about themselves.
From Year 1 onwards Speech and Drama can be taken as an optional extra subject. The girls are prepared to perform at local festivals and they take the L.A.M.D.A. speech and drama examinations.
Pupils are given the opportunity to perform to their parents and guests throughout their time at High March. Recent performances in the Foundation Stage have included Nursery and Reception pupils taking part in a Nativity play. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 also produce a Christmas play each year and there is a further musical production for Year 1 in the Lent Term in which each girl is included.
At Upper School, the hall is transformed into a beautiful theatrical performance space, kitted out with professional sound, lighting and projection equipment, which allows the productions to not only be visually impressive but also to give the girls an authentic and professional theatrical experience when they perform.
Year 3 pupils always enjoy their annual production at the end of the Lent Term and recent Year 3 productions have included Peter Pan, Seussical and The Lion King. Each year a musical is staged by Year 6 at the end of the Summer Term. Under the inspired tutelage of our talented Music and Drama staff the standard of the girls’ performance is always incredibly impressive and a particular delight for their parents. It is without doubt a fitting finale to their time at High March. Recent productions have included ‘Annie’, ‘Grease’, ‘Me and My Girl’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’.