King's St Alban's

26 March

The KSA Show Really Does Go On!

This week KSA has proved that the show really does go on! Not only has Year 5 dazzled us with inspired performances of dances from The Greatest Showman, but the whole school was treated to a pantomime!


Year 5 Dance – The Greatest Showman

This week both Year 5 classes performed their Greatest Showman dances in the John Moore Theatre.  Under the watchful eyes of Mrs Lewis, our dance teacher, 5P created their dance to A Million Dreams and they loved the ribbon sections of the dance! 5L performed their dance to This is Me, and they did this with great conviction. The audience was small but very appreciative!  The Year 5 classes, along with Mr Chapman and our school matron, watched each other’s performances. It was wonderful to see smiling, happy, excited children really giving it their all! They only had three weeks to prepare for their mini show and everyone was impressed with their teamwork. Mrs Lewis said “The children were wonderful to work with.  It had been a delight to be able to teach dance again after so long away from school.”

Well done, Year 5!

Panto – oh yes it is!

On the final day of an eventful term, the children at KSA were treated to a trip to the theatre!  Bubble groups gathered with popcorn and chocolate and settled down to watch an afternoon online matinee of ‘Robin Hood and His Socially Distanced Men!’

This fun, virtual pantomime, produced by The Take Away Theatre Company, included many topical reflections about the pandemic.  Children laughed along to songs and comedy centred around lockdown, hand washing and toilet roll shortages!  We enjoyed following the adventures of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and his friend Little John, who inevitably outwitted and finally transformed the villain, Sherriff of Nottingham.  The traditional tale was intertwined with many modern twists; Robin Hood saved Sherwood Forest from becoming a golf course, overcame Simon Scowl and, naturally, fell in love with Maid Marion.  Like all good pantomimes, the script was full to the brim with rhyme, comedy, musical parodies and plenty of silliness. Children left for the Easter break full of smiles.

Nothing beats a whole school theatre trip and we look forward to the day we can step aboard several coaches and set off to Malvern or Birmingham to experience the dazzling lights of live theatre.  This online experience allowed the children to appreciate and support the talented actors, writers and other creatives during a tricky time for the theatre industry.  To enhance the virtual presentation, children were encouraged to learn pantomime catchphrases thanks to an interactive game of ‘Panto Bingo’.

As we spring forward towards the Easter holidays and some relaxation of lockdown rules, the KSA community hopes certain elements of normal life can soon return.  We look forward to seeing our wider families and friends safely and will continue to reflect on the Covid-19 pandemic with cries of IT’S BEHIND YOU…  Oh yes it is!