On alternate years the children take part in a School production. This is currently held at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon. All children in the school (3 to 11 years) take part. The main roles are played by Lower and Upper Two, for which they audition. Our shows are written, produced and directed by Mrs Parker-Litjens and choreography is taught by Mrs Walsh, Mrs Barlow and Mrs Mongelard. This year, voice coaching will be taught by Mrs Gallagher who also assists with the choregraphy. All costumes are provided by the School mainly due to our excellent seamstress, Mrs Cutbill.
Robin Hood Production 2019
Every two years we hold our School Production in which all children in the school take part. This is a climax of rehearsals, drilling and practising over a whole year and long practices for Lower Two and Upper Two children on Thursday nights and some rehearsals that are held on Saturdays.
This year the title of our show was Robin Hood written especially for the school by Mrs Parker-Litjens who also produced and directed the show. She was supported by the “Show Team”, which included Mrs Mongelard who directed the choreography, Miss Sharp and Mrs Gallagher who assisted and Miss Allen who arranged and organised the head microphones and also assisted with choreography. Thanks also goes to Mrs Ryan for the green screening, visuals and beautiful program, Mrs Cutbill for her endless administrative assistance and beautiful costume designs and creations!
The children were outstanding! They showed true professionalism and steady confidence on the stage. All children in Lower Two and Upper Two gave exceptional performances showing character development, dynamic and energetic dancing, stage presence and comic timing- holding the audience in their hands!
Children in the Pre-Prep Department charmed everyone with their singing in their sparkly costumes. Intermediate gave cheeky performances as vegetables, Transition were delightful waiters and waitresses directing everyone with their wooden spoons, Lower One beckoned everyone to the County Fair and Upper One nearly took the roof off the theatre with their hero dance and Proud Mary!
Visit the Gallery to see the rehearsals photographs for this event. Official photographs of the live performances will be available from Bardel Photography in due course.
Alice in Wonderland Theatre Club Performance 2018
On Monday 9th July the School Theatre Club delighted children, staff and parents when they performed their version of the Alice in Wonderland in the new school hall. The children had been rehearsing since October. They took on the roles not only of the actors, but as stage crew, set designers, wardrobe and prop mangers.
It was a great success! Visit the Gallery to see more photographs from this performance.
Sinbad the Sailor 2017
Sinbad the Sailor is the exciting Drama Production for 2017. It will be held at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon on the 11th and 12th of July. Sinbad the Sailor is the hero of The Thousand and One Nights which recounts his adventures on seven voyages. The stories of his travels were based on the experiences of merchants from Basra trading under great risk with the East Indies and China. The original story recounts him being marooned or shipwrecked after he sets sail from Basra with merchandise. During a voyage filled with adventure and danger Sinbad goes from prosperity to loss and through a combination of resourcefulness and luck finds himself prosperous again when he finally returns home.
Every child in the school will be performing in this production which will be interpreted in true Ursuline Prep style - emphasising good conquering evil, the value of true friendship and spirit of adventure! The principle characters are pictured below.
Wizard of Oz 2016
The School Theatre Club delighted children, staff and parents when they performed their version of the Wizard of Oz in the school hall. The children had been rehearsing since October (fitting in entrance examinations and interviews.) They took on the roles not only of the actors, but as stage crew, set designers, wardrobe and prop mangers.
It was a great success and they fitted in three performances on Friday 20th May.
80 Days Around the World
Just a small selection of images from the show are shown below. Official school photographer, Catchlight, have a full selection of images available to purchase on their website.
Click on the links below to see how Production Rehearsals are progressing!