Roaring fun project for pupils at school
Students at Newminster Middle School in Morpeth are getting prepared for the grand finale of ‘The Lion King Experience’.
This months-long initiative has been organised in such a way that all pupils can enjoy an immersive, project-based exploration of theatre that incorporates music curriculum teaching and Bronze Arts Award activities.
It is set to culminate in a production of ‘The Lion King’ in June, filmed by students from the town’s high school (King Edward VI School), which will be live-streamed for pupils to sing along with in their classrooms.
The school is also hoping to then produce a DVD so the youngsters can enjoy and share it with their friends and families.
Although split into bubbles, students have been developing and experimenting with a variety of theatrical skills and each pupil is creating a ‘Pride Journal’ to record their experiences within the project.
The main acting character parts for the musical are being played by Year 8 students from the Bronze Performance Arts Awards group.
Rehearsals for this musical have been able to take place during a timetabled Arts Award session on Friday afternoons. They even continued during lockdown via a Google Classroom weekly session. Dancers are also among this group and they have cho-reographed and rehearsed routines where needed.
The set and props are being made by the Bronze Visual Arts Awards group, who also meet on a Friday.
Pupils have been assigned various sections of scenery to design and create. Others have been given a list of props to make. Costumes are also being made by the students during textile lessons.
Newminster Middle School headteacher Elizabeth Kinninment said: “Through ‘The Lion King Experience’, we are building pupils’ self-esteem, along with providing a creative outlet in these difficult times, and we hope to inspire future careers in theatre and performance.
“As well as the positive student benefits and impacts, our staff – working within strict Covid-safe guidelines – have risen to all the challenges and worked so hard to bring our plans from drawing board to reality, and we have come together as a school co-mmunity, which has helped to boost morale and develop a sense of well-being for all.”