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Cardinal Newman College has a rich and varied history when it comes to performance, with a vibrant and innovative department. Students from Performing Arts, Drama, Dance and Musical Theatre contribute to a packed programme of productions, which this year, has included Generation Z, a Christmas pantomime, original devised work, several modern classics, a range of contemporary plays for Drama practical exams and a number of Dance Performance evenings. There were several visits to the theatre to see productions which included Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know to be True, This is a Trap Don’t Go, No-one is Coming and the Pixels are Huge and Romeo and Juliet.
This year, students from Drama, Dance and Performing Arts also enjoyed an action-packed few days in New York. As well as going to watch two Broadway musicals – School of Rock and The Book of Mormon – they participated in a Stage Combat workshop and had the opportunity to get career advice from a seasoned Broadway start. In addition to sightseeing in this incredible city, students ate the best pizza in Brooklyn, ice-skated around the famous Rockefeller Centre Ice Rink, visited the 9/11 memorial museum and joined the singing waiters in entertaining customers at Ellen’s Stardust Diner.
All Performing Arts students rounded off the year with a spectacular musical at the Charter Theatre. The original production, Fylde Under C, was written by Drama Teacher Lee Johnson and was an extravaganza of singing, dancing and acting, which showcased the tremendous talents of our students.