‘It’s like planning a wedding’,  I quote, when talking about the Arts Awards.

Saturday 13th May saw the Thomas Arnold Hall transformed into a colourful spectacle with hanging lanterns, colour coordinated napkins, and delicious food from the Catering Department. There were around 40 nominees from Drama and Music, along with guests drinking bubbles on the lawn. It was a delight to see all the pupils dressed up in their finery, it was a shame there was not a best dressed award!

Both departments were very excited to welcome the guest for the evening, Carla Mendonça, a fabulous TV, Film, Theatre, and Voice over actress who had just finished a run of ‘Noises Off’  at the Nottingham Playhouse.  Carla is known for being a comedy actress and some might recognise her from the popular CITV show ‘My Parents Are Aliens’, as she played the mother: Sophie Johnson.   She gave a great speech about the reality of the artistic industry and passed on a few wise words of wisdom about acting; ‘If you can see yourself doing something else than acting, then do that. If you can’t imagine doing something else, then act’.

Emily Harris and Caroline Robinson summed up the highlights of the past year, and reflected on events such as ‘Grease-The Musical’  and the annual ‘Cabaret’  show. For the awards, Carla announced, (Oscar award style, with coloured enveloped), accompanied with a picture of the winner. Examples of awards were for ‘Most Enthusiastic Player’  in drama, won by Harry Cole, and Musician of the Year, won by Charlie Wheelan.  Congratulations to all those who were nominated and all our winners! It was a great evening to have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of within the Drama and Music Departments. 

Catherine Simons, Drama and Boarding Assistant 

David Wiltshire – Flickr photos