Self-expression and the ability to communicate with confidence are crucial tools for life, so music and drama are an essential part of our educational approach at Warminster. Our Music and Drama Departments have an enviable reputation and the quality is consistently high.
A large proportion of pupils receive instrumental, vocal and drama lessons. With over 40 performances a year, our pupils have numerous opportunities to perform in music concerts, drama productions and to be involved in large scale musical theatre extravaganzas, highlighting their talent at all levels.
The Lower School drama production (Years 7 – 9) is an annual highlight and is always performed in a local theatre, giving pupils experience in a working theatre environment.
The Senior School annual show (Years 10 – 13) alternates annually between a drama production and a musical theatre performance. Musical theatre productions are collaborative events between the Music and Drama Departments, with pupils and staff involved on stage or behind the scenes. These performances also take place in local theatres.
The Drama Department aims to offer a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities for all including drama festivals, workshops, theatre trips and inter-house competitions. Upper Sixth drama pupils have performed on the Royal Mile, as part of the Edinburgh Festival. The show – devised, planned and performed by the pupils – was given a four star review in the Theatre Guide London.
Speech and Drama lessons are very popular amongst our pupils. We follow the New Era syllabus, which is one of the leading regulated Boards in the UK. Speech and Drama lessons offer pupils the chance to develop their confidence and self-expression, as well as affording opportunities to take a series of examinations. Learners can obtain UCAS Tariff points at Level 3, enhancing their chances of University or Higher Education entrance.
Discovering ways to get the shyest pupils to shine, whether in the limelight or back stage will always be our proudest achievement.