On 3 February 2016, thirty Newton Abbot College students travelled to London to take part in a performing arts workshop and watch a musical theatre performance in the capital’s West End.
Students were first invited to the famous Pineapple Dance Studios to take part in a musical theatre workshop. Students were mentored by a performer and pianist from the West End show ‘Wicked’ (the untold story of the witches of Oz) and were put through their creative paces, learning the words and actual dance moves from the musical number ‘One Short Day’ from the show. Newton Abbot College is only the third college in the country to have been invited to take part in a workshop of this kind.
Following on from the workshop, students were then taken to the Apollo Victoria Theatre to watch a live performance of ‘Wicked’; an opportunity Teacher of Performing Arts and Dance, Sarah Dyke, suggests is not to be underestimated: “The students at Newton Abbot College were fortunate enough to be the third school in the country to take part in the Wicked the Musical Educational workshop. For these students, who ‘live and breathe’ the performing arts, this was such an incredible opportunity for them to learn from professionals from the show and watch the world renowned production in one day. The students were fantastic throughout the day and I was extremely proud to have been involved in such a successful trip for all age groups. ”