Live Theatre is Back at Heathfield!

18th November

Girl and nuns on stage
One of the performances from the cast – Sister Act at Heathfield Community College.

Live theatre is back on stage at Heathfield Community College

This week after two long years the students at Heathfield Community College were so glad to finally be back on the stage.

MTI’s All Together Now gave the school the chance to be part of a global event with over 5,000 performances produced by 2,500 theatres in 40+ countries/territories…The teachers and students were thrilled to be part of live theatre again and thankful to have been a part of this production journey.

The cast performed 15 songs from various musicals including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and Giant Peach, Frozen and Sister Act: they even got a spelling lesson with Mary Poppins’ Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and a numeracy lesson with Rent’s Seasons of Love!

Despite numerous setbacks and various cast changes due to illness, the cast were definitely up for the challenge.  They only had a few short weeks to rehearse but they committed 100% to ensure that the performances were a success. For many of these students it was the first time they had ever performed on a stage.

Wonderfull to have parents back at the school

The staff were heartened to be able to welcome so many parents and friends back into college and the students definitely enjoyed performing to a live audience.  They had a strong technical crew with their 6th form students teaching the younger ones all they needed to know to put on a performance, from lighting, to running the sound desk, to stage management: helping to create their production team for the future! In addition a 15 strong Orchestra with students from all key stages provided an impressive live soundtrack to these musical theatre favourites.

For the first time ever, the college livestreamed the performances for those unable to attend which was a great success with 100s of views.

Students were effusive in their thanks for staff who had worked to support the production and Headteacher Caroline Barlow noted:

Performing Arts have always been important to our College and this shows what an asset they are for the joy, inclusion and community they bring. Students showed leadership, talent and teamwork over the last few weeks to bring these songs to life with such energy and quality.