Llanwern pupils tread the boards at professional theatre
11:02am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
LLANWERN High School pupils had a taste of stardom when they performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Newport's Riverfront Theatre.
The cast was made up of 24 pupils from Year 7 to Year 10 with one other pupil operating the lights. Actors were given scripts to learn over summer and rehearsed every evening after school for a month and a half before performing the adaptation, in Shakespearian language.
The performance last week was part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, when 30 minute adaptations were performed by pupils nationwide.
Drama teacher Bethan Ford said: "Most [of the cast] had never performed on a stage before, let alone in a professional theatre.
“The show was excellent and all pupils thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Lots are already asking if they can do it again next year. The ensemble work of the whole cast was mentioned in the appraisal, something we as their teachers are extremely proud of."
Corey Lloyd, from Year Nine, said: "Shakespeare for Schools gives young people the opportunity to perform on a 'big' stage giving them a taste of 'fame'. My ideal job would be to become an actor and this has confirmed it for me."
Adele Jermyn, head of Year Seven, said: "I feel extremely proud of the Year Seven pupils, who have only been in school for a month. The fact that they feel confident and settled enough within the school to take on such a huge challenge is inspiring for others."
Other schools from Gwent performed in the festival, including Glan Usk Primary School, West Monmouth School, Chepstow Comprehensive School, Risca Community Comprehensive School and Newbridge Comprehensive School.
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