Drama is about many things...
...theatre, improvisation and presentation skills, instilling confidence, co-operation, communication, humour and empathy.
Our drama classes offer pupils the chance to develop a love of the theatre and explore their creativity with improvisation. We want all our children to have the confidence to stand up and speak out in front of others, and for those who want to take things further we offer the chance to prepare for LAMDA examinations.
As a Hazlegrove parent you’ll have the chance to enjoy our drama and music success at many plays and concerts staged throughout the year.
Drama at Hazlegrove is taught as part of the curriculum right from the Pre-Prep, all pupils are involved in a major production in the Theatre every year. By the time pupils reach the end of Year 8, being on the stage and performing has become second nature to the vast majority of the group.
Drama is under the expert direction of Our Head of Drama, Kimberley Arnold.
Mrs Arnold began dancing at the age of 5 with Angela Redgrave’s Bristol School of Dancing and reached Intermediate level in RAD Ballet and ISTD modern, tap, character and contemporary dance. She began singing at the age of 8 and was also a significant member of The John Redgrave Theatre group in Clifton. Mrs Arnold started her professional career at the Bristol Hippodrome when she was 7 and starred alongside David Niven and Dame Maggie Smith in ‘Better Late than Never’ when she was 10. Mrs Arnold moved to London at 17, and by invitation, joined the late Dame Bridget Espinosa at London Studio Centre, to continue her performing arts education. West End Credits include, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserable, Cats, Fame, Hey Mr Producer and numerous concerts and performances across the country.
It is such a privilege to pass on years of professional theatre experiences to the pupils here at Hazlegove. All the children, from year 1 to 8, are incredibly enthusiastic and determined. They have a wonderful theatre in which to perform all their shows and they look forward to rehearsals every term. When we are in full swing, singing musical numbers and working on dance routines, you could very well be watching a group of professional stage actors getting ready for a west end production. They never cease to impress me with their level of professionalism; there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look forward to getting into work and seeing the pupils' glowing smiles in their drama classes.
Mrs K Arnold
For those that see the world as a stage, Hazlegrove is a great place to start.
Click here to see photo albums of recent drama productions in Flickr