Every year students from all year groups have the opportunity to perform in a school production. The school productions are of an exceptionally high standard and have received rave reviews because of the quality of performance from the students. The drama programme at Worth is widely considered to be outstanding.
The most recent productions were Rock of Ages (senior school production), West Side Story (whole school production), Twelfth Night (middle school production) and The Wizard of Oz (junior school production). Some other productions in recent times include Romeo & Juliet; One Man, Two Guvnors, a farcical comedy; Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, a piece of children’s theatre; and The Sound of Music. Most of the productions take place in the superbly equipped PAC (Performing Arts Centre) and they allow students of all ages to be involved on the stage.
What we try to do is give students an opportunity to experience a range of performance styles within the productions and their time at Worth, including classical, contemporary, comedy and Shakespeare.
We also offer a technical option. As part of our academic programme, our students learn all about the technical aspects of theatre and they will programme sound and lighting for the productions, working closely with the School’s full-time technician. They also assist with costume and make-up design.
Worth now as its own theatre company called Inspire which is made up of all of the drama scholars from Years 7 to 13. This is an excellent opportunity for the drama scholars to develop their skills outside of the classroom and really take their love of drama to the next level. Last year saw Inspire perform ‘Showstoppers’ which was a production of short extracts from their favourite plays/musicals/films including The Play That Goes Wrong, Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman. Students have also begun to build their own portfolios which include a professional head shot that they can use for auditions outside of school. This year Inspire will be performing Mary Poppins in May as part of our outreach programme which the students are all very excited about.