Teign School Makes a Song and Dance for Ukraine

14th July 2022

On Tuesday 12th July, Teign School’s Drama and Musical Theatre Club from all year groups, put on a wonderful evening of entertainment in the Templar Theatre. The ‘Charity Show’ was put together by the performing arts team, Fay and Craig Churchill as a fundraiser for Ukraine. The cast had been rehearsing in lunch breaks and after school since February and their efforts paid off as the quality of the performances were exceptional.

Student comperes introduced the acts with wit and confidence whilst the back stage year 10 crew made the whole event run seamlessly. Notable solo performances include Year 9 Hollie S singing a haunting rendition of ‘She Used to be Mine’  from the show ‘Waitress’ and Year 10 Bobbie W put her own moving spin on the infamous song ‘On My Own’ from ‘Les Misérables’ . The dancing solo taken from the show ‘Sweet Charity’ by Olivia P (Year 8) was full of character and expertise. The 6th Form also performed a fun routine to ‘Cut Loose’ from the show ‘Footloose’ that had the audience clapping and toe tapping! Our very own Sam Ryder (aka Tomas P from Year 9) sang the beautiful song ‘Spaceman’ in homage to Eurovision accompanied by a backing trio.

Various powerful drama pieces knitted the show together. Monologues were performed by Year 12 Lauren E and Year 9 Grace D. The first of these, had the audience laughing aloud about the trials of looking after a puppy! Grace’s piece was more harrowing about how we deal with our inner anxious voice. Charlie C (Year 9) showed off his exceptional talent on the electric guitar on a couple of occasions in the show. His skill was most evident as he sang and played ‘Johnny Be Good’ from ‘Back to the Future’. Students Abbie B, Maya F and Cerys B from Year 9 showed us their comic ability in a hammed up Melodrama.  The Theatre Club whole cast pieces were up to the Churchill’s normal calibre. The audience were treated to an incredible display of singing, choreography and entertainment during the songs ‘Consider Yourself’ from ‘Oliver’, ‘We’re all in this together’ from ‘High School Musical’, ‘Flash Bang Wallop’ from Half a Sixpence, ‘Revolting Children’ from Matilda, ‘Electricity’ from Billy Elliot and ‘The Ten Duel Commandments’ from ‘Hamilton’.

The show left the audience wanting more and hopefully they will get it at the next Christmas show (choice of show to be confirmed) which has become famous locally for its quality and professionalism.

Leader of Performing Arts, Fay Churchill said:

“As always the students have all be an absolute pleasure to be with. I have loved putting this show together with them. They are so hard working, committed, talented and a joy to be with. All the proceeds of the event (a staggering £550) will be sent to the Red Cross’s Ukraine Appeal. Thanks to everyone who supported us by buying a ticket, coming along to support the students and donating money on the night.”

This fundraising effort adds to the £750 already raised by Teign to help those people who need it in Ukraine.


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