Performing Arts

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Drama plays a major role in the life of children at Garden House School

Not only is Drama part of the weekly curriculum but the academic year is also filled with theatrical events and diverse workshops. The Drama Department celebrates the individuality of each child and encourages their unique personalities to thrive and their personal confidence to grow.

Experience on stage equals verbal confidence

There is a strong emphasis on public speaking skills and an ability to communicate individual ideas and viewpoints to a wide audience. The non-denominational weekly Assembly is a major event, with each class being given the opportunity to choose a topic and to expand upon it.
There are after school Drama Clubs open to any child who has an interest in performance. Children take English Speaking Board examinations in Middle School Two and Upper School One and are given the opportunity to take an Entry Level Acting examination through LAMDA in their final year at Garden House.

A full calender of performing art events

The dramatic year begins with either a Poetry Festival or World Arts Day in the autumn and a variety of exciting poets and performers are invited to visit the School and share their work through lively and interactive sessions.
The children have the opportunity to write their own poems and to explore a diverse number of performance techniques whilst exploring cultures from across the globe.
Christmas brings a wealth of wonderful Church services and Carol Concerts which bring the whole School together in celebration. The Lower School present a Nativity and the Upper School boys and girls both provide a wonderful sense of festivity with their own services where there is great opportunity for public speaking and storytelling. A magical candlelit Service at The Royal Hospital Chapel concludes our Autumn Term.

Ballet and Dance

All the girls as well as all the boys in Junior School and below dance at Garden House and we believe that every child, regardless of natural ability, is able to benefit from dancing in this happy atmosphere. Our objective is to encourage the highest possible standard within each child’s competence but also for them to have fun.
The Kindergarten and preparatory classes are broadly based and include imaginative ideas and movement to music during which simple technique is introduced. The boys from transition upwards study Cecchetti method of ballet, many entering for examinations, and all progressing as they move up the school to achieve a high standard of performance and an appreciation of ballet, enhanced deportment and physical grace that builds confidence and self-esteem. There are opportunities for children to perform in school concerts, charity events and some dance in a Nutcracker matinee at the Coliseum with the English National Ballet Company.
The boys enjoy a weekly energetic dance class partaking with enthusiasm and vigour. All the classes are accompanied by excellent pianists, apart from jazz where children are accompanied by recorded music.

all the world's a stage

Shakespeare in the spring

The great dramatic highlight of the spring is the Shakespeare project.

Each year MSII boys and girls come together to perform one of Shakespeare’s great works in a professional theatre. This project is always met with great enthusiasm by the children who relish the challenge of interpreting the language and of bringing some of the most famous characters in English literature to life.

The Summer Shows

The Summer Shows are the pinnacle of the dramatic year at Garden House. With five musical shows spanning the whole School, everyone has the opportunity to take to the stage and demonstrate all the dramatic skills they have learnt throughout the year.

The Summer Shows are performed at The Royal Court Theatre. This is a wonderful and unique experience for the children to perform on a truly world famous stage.

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