Performing Arts Faculty

Overview of the Faculty

The faculty consists of Drama. Across the faculty we aim to deliver an outstanding range of teaching and provision, which will give our students the opportunity to shine on the stage. Whatever subject, excellence is paramount within our whole philosophy, driving the culture for learning within the faculty.

Students study a wide range of courses at key stage 3, 4 and 5. Within this they are given opportunities to further their talents through; workshops, working with industry professionals, participating in shows, trips to the theatre any many more!

Enrichment is fundamental to our success at the Academy. We offer a huge range of after-school clubs on a weekly basis, working towards projects and performances for our students to participate in. We also organise a variety of trips and activities to bolster and develop student’s flair, character and confidence.

News

Performing Arts often features in our Newsletter where you can read about trips and recent performances.

Head of Dance – Mrs K Barker

The dance department is a hardworking and busy environment with the head of department having a range of professional performing, choreographic and teaching expertise. Our dance studio is equipped with the latest technology and is always busy with students in classes, rehearsals and performances. High expectations are placed upon all students to meet the challenge of the disciplined and professional environment we create. The department has formed strong links with the local and wider community including the local primary schools where students regularly perform, gaining skills that will enhance their learning and instil the qualities required to succeed into the dance world. Dance is thriving within Bolingbroke Academy offering lessons across all year groups building creativity and performance skills.

 

For information regarding the dance curriculum please visit the Curriculum area.

Visit us on our YouTube or Twitter @OBADance and Instagram @OBAdance for the latest update!

GCSE Dance (Years 9, 10 & 11)

GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.

This four unit specification enables students to:

  • increase their confidence and self-esteem:
  • employ the skills of problem solving and creativity:
  • make knowledgeable decisions about dances.

It allows students to actively and physically demonstrate their abilities through the controlled assessment which is worth 60% of the qualification and the practical exam, worth 20%.
This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Dance.

BTEC Level 3 Dance (Sixth Form)

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) is a 90-credit qualification that consists of three mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 90 credits.

Mandatory units (x3):
1 – Performance Workshop (10 credits)
7 – Performing to an Audience (10 credits)
38 – Dance Performance (10 credits)
Optional units (x6):
43 – Developing Classic Ballet Technique (10 credits)
46 – Applying Contemporary Dance Technique (10 credits)
47 – Jazz Dance (10 credits)
48 – Tap Dance
54 – Dance Appreciation (10 credits)
102 – Site-Specific Performance (10 credits)

Dance Kit

Year 7 and 8 students are required to wear PE kit for dance and participate in bare feet for health & safety reasons. All dance students from year 9 to year 13 are required to wear the full dance kit for all lessons. Black leotards and OBA dance t-shirt and hoodies can be purchased from the school shop at £5/£10 each. Students are kindly reminded to remove all jewellery, tie their hair back and remove footwear before participating in any activity. If for any reasons students are unable to bring kit or have injuries, a note must be provided to the dance teacher.

Girls’ Kit Boys’ Kit
Plain black leotard (£10 from school shop)
Black OBA dance t-shirt (optional – £5 from school shop) Black OBA dance t-shirt (£5 from school shop)
Black leggings Black jogging bottoms
Black OBA dance hoodie (optional – (£10 from school shop) Black OBA dance hoodie (optional – (£10 from school shop)

Dance Enrichment

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of dance clubs and participate in workshops, projects, competitors and many performances. In addition, the dance department organise student trips to improve students knowledge of the industry, which are well attended and hugely successful. Enrichment clubs include: Dance Company (invite only), GCSE Dance intervention and Dance Club (open invite).

Visit us on Twitter! Our Drama Twitter feed contains all of the latest information for our shows and events.

 

Drama Qualifications

GCSE Drama Course Overview

A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts 90 Credit Diploma in Acting

 

Drama Enrichment

Each year our academy offers pupils who show an interest in dance, drama and music to be a part of our annual Christmas show. Each year as an academy we produce show-stopping shows, which completely sell out to audiences over 4 nights selling 900 tickets!

School Productions

We could have been anything that we wanted to be”…a very familiar lyric from one of Bugsy Malone’s iconic songs “Bad Guys” and this is exactly what the students and I have believed in from the very first rehearsal. Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is yet again showcasing musical theatre at its highest degree. With a very talented cast, crew and band that would give any professional theatre a run for their money!

Before we all went off to enjoy the summer holidays the difficult decision had to be made which musical would next dawn our stage. The first thought and mention of Bugsy Malone was one which I warmed to immediately as well as the rest of the Performing Arts team.

Since the early weeks in September from the auditions right up to the opening night the students have worked tirelessly every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and some have even put in some extra rehearsal time on a Monday evening with Mr Kennedy. These rehearsals have repeatedly gone beyond 4pm but the students never lost their determination and love of performing. As opening night has drawn closer and closer all cast, crew and band members have given 100% and kept their commitment and energy high.

The 1920s vibe and zing is one which the students have had to get used to as well as the sharp and confident swag of a New York City accent. Which you will agree, they have down to a T! Not to mention the crazy goings on of two rival gangs and their famous Splurge Guns which means this musical makes you hold on to your trilby for sure!

The Performing Arts team would like to thank EVERYONE who helped in whatever way, big or small. It is, as always, a team effort and the show would not go on if it wasn’t for you. In particular we would like to thank Mr Fisher for his input and assistance with costume, props and backstage as well as Miss Ray for providing the gorgeous cakes and refreshments during the interval.

I would like to extend a special thank you to all the parents and carers who have been supportive throughout the whole rehearsal process and weeks running up to the show. Making costumes, collecting students late after rehearsals and of course buying tickets to ensure we have a sell-out performance.

My final thank you is to our dedicated and talented young cast who have been phenomenal throughout and an absolute joy to work with. The show as always is a highlight of the school calendar during what is always a busy and vibrant term. Once the curtain closes I’m sure you will agree that once again the school production is a huge success and credit to all involved.

Now in the words of Lena Marelli…“Hit it Joe….!

Miss McKevitt – Director

Oliver

Grease was the word last year but this year the whole of OBA has been Singin’ In The Rain… And has been since we closed the final curtain after Grease. After a huge success with last year’s 50’s classic we set the bar even higher by deciding to take on the 1952 Gene Kelly iconic film turned musical; showing the Hollywood transition from silent movies to the ‘talkies’.

Described as one of the best musicals ever made the hard work started last year when scripts arrived and students auditioned for the roles. The musical can only be described as ‘entertainment overload’ as it is jam packed with singing, tap dancing and hilarious actors who have so much energy from beginning to end and I started to realise the enormity of what we had taken on in the summer when someone posed the question “How will you make it rain at OBA?”… That’s when I stopped worrying and relaxed knowing that our confident and talented students could wow any West Audience. With our musical theatre, drama, dance and music students and staff all collaborating I think we could have the most magical show OBA has ever seen.

Staff and students have worked tiresomely to perfect American accents and to make it rain and we cannot thank our fantastic students enough who have worked so hard on the production this year. I think you will agree that our academy is also full of fantastic staff. We haven’t got time to thank them all personally, but we would like to say a special thanks to; Wendy, the caretakers, the fabulous Technology faculty for their amazing work with set, props, hair and makeup; all the staff who have made tonight’s show possible.

We would also like to mention Mrs Noon (drama), Miss Castrey (dance), Miss Weatherby and Mr Roxborough (music) who came to us brand new in September and have all worked on bringing the classic to life through dance, drama and I think you will agree that the brilliant band and captured what Singin’ In The Rain is all about… The MUSIC and DANCING. With the addition of Mr Reid’s producing genius, sound effects to match and Miss ‘Magical Touch’ May on the lights and the super Miss McKevit backstage keeping our students calm and getting them ready to come on stage… these staff are the glue that bring the show together in the final stages.

Miss Carden to Miss Roper:
“This year has been super hard with so many special effects and too many dances to name we have superseded our expectations with this show. We are now ‘rain’ experts and could make it rain anywhere with our special effects know how and we have loved finding as many fur coats as we could and trying on lots of hats and pretty dresses. This show has been great and once again, like every year we have been our the students have been OUTSTANDING. We will all miss the show as soon as this week of performances is over.”

Finally, a massive thank you to the cast (and their parents) who have given up so much of their time to take you on this journey back to the 1950’s. Without you talented students this production would not be possible and we can’t thank you enough. You are all extraordinary!
We really hope you enjoy the show and remember to sing along.

Miss Roper, Miss Carden

Grease is the word… is the word… And has been since we closed the final curtain after last year’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The decision to do Grease was made before we had even got to show week. With exciting times on the horizon we began to rehearse for one of the most famous and timeless musicals the world has ever seen. As well as being excited about the Pink Ladies and T-Birds strutting their stuff on our stage I was a little nervous about directing the film/show that everyone knows. Then the students auditioned for roles and what a fantastic response we got, our biggest cast ever… that’s when I stopped worrying and became confident that our talented performers could wow any West Audience. With our musical theatre, drama, dance and music students and staff all collaborating we have the jazziest show OBA has ever seen.

Our academy is also full of fantastic staff. We haven’t got time to thank them all personally, but we would like to say a special thanks to; Lesley, Wendy, the caretakers, the fabulous Technology faculty for their amazing work with set, props, hair and makeup; all the staff who have made tonight’s show possible.

We would also like to mention Miss Higgins who came to us brand new in September and has directed our brilliant band and captured what Grease is all about… The MUSIC. With the addition of Mr Reid’s producing genius, sound effects to match and Mr Light Bulb Barker’s magical touch… these staff are the glue that bring the show together in the final stages.

Note from Miss Carden to Miss Roper:
“This has been my favourite show to put on and I’m super tempted to throw on a pink lady jacket and join the cast on stage, I know Miss Roper is too. Directing Grease has been fantastic from start to finish endless rehearsals spent singing, saying and dancing the famous dialogue, songs and steps to the show… I am really going to miss this now the show is here. Miss Roper has been a ball of energy from the start and couldn’t have done this without her!”

Finally, a massive thank you to the cast (and their parents) who have given up so much of their time to take you on this journey back to the 1950’s. Without you talented students this production would not be possible and we can’t thank you enough. You are all extraordinary!
We really hope you enjoy the show and remember to sing along!

Miss Roper, Miss Carden

Show number two already – it has came around so quickly! This year’s show we aimed to make an even bigger and better success than last year’s fabulous ‘Wizard of Oz’. After the curtains were drawn on the last night we started to deliberate what are next show would be. One night when we were sat around with Mrs Humby we discussed different shows, we decided on… ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
After we had agreed on what our next OBA production should be we all went our separate ways and got out the popcorn to watch the film. That’s when the fear started to set in – we had to bring this ‘film’ to ‘musical’ life. What was coming our way was not easy – the set, the costume, music etc… Between us and you, we were slightly nervous!

Way back in July we held auditions where we discovered our fabulously talented cast and the hard work began. In September we were delighted with the fresh faces from our new year seven’s who wowed us with their talents and have been central to this year’s show. Our academy is bursting with talent and you will see this with you own eyes tonight.

Our academy is also full of fantastic staff. We haven’t got time to thank them all personally, but we would like to say a special thanks to; Lesley, Wendy, the caretakers, the fabulous Art and Technology faculty for their amazing work with set, props, hair and makeup; all the staff who have made tonight’s show possible.

We would also like to mention Mr Povey and Mrs Price who have directed the brilliant band and brought the music to life along with Mrs Humby on lighting and Mr Reid on sound and producing – they have helped glue this show together from start to finish. It has been a long road filled with humour, dedication and enthusiasm.

Note from Miss Roper to Miss Carden:
“Working with Miss Carden on something as extraordinary as our school shows is one of my highlight’s here at OBA. It’s fantastic to share my passion for the Performing Arts with someone so talented and who I consider a true friend”.

Note from Miss Carden to Miss Roper:
“I can’t believe the show has arrived and the curtain is about to go up. Directing the school production is very rewarding and would not be the success it is without my colleague and great friend Miss Roper. She brings energy and enthusiasm with her 5, 6, 7, 8 dance moves and has been a great support.”

Finally, a massive thank you to the cast (and their parents) who have given up so much of their time to take you on this chocolaty journey tonight. Without you this production would not be possible. You are all extraordinary! We really hope you enjoy the show.

Miss Roper, Miss Carden