28/01/2016

Press Release: Students Raise the Roof at Our House

PRESS RELEASE: Thursday, 28 January 2016

  • Park House School’s second ever performance at Arlington Arts, Our House, was a Full House with ticket sales out performing expectations.
  • A live student band played Madness hits, accompanied by spectacular choreography routines, heartfelt performances and pitch-perfect singing.
  • The performance involved 86 Park House School Students and was Directed by Head of Drama Hannah Baron.  

Our House performance photo © Waddell Digital

Arlington Arts was packed to the rafters last week with a performance of pure madness. And Madness it was. A show based around the hits of the popular band Madness that have, over the years, provided a soundtrack to many a good night.

If the hits of the 70s and 80s weren’t enough of a draw there was the spectacular choreography routines, the faster than lightening costume changes, and the overall top class performance that anyone who has seen a Park House School production in the past has come to expect.

Each year Park House School’s drama department put on production that exceeds all expectations, last year their production of Fame! saw them move performances to Arlington Arts, both to accommodate demand but also to give students the benefits of working on a production with professional, lighting and sound rigs within an actual theatre.

The show was Directed by Head Of Drama Hannah Baron who recognised the sheer complexity of such a production early on when she saw a review from the West End Performance of ‘Our House’ which commented on illusionist, Paul Kieve’s designs for remarkable quick changes, enabling the lead character Joe to switch costumes behind umbrellas and other set pieces, in some cases on stage and in under 4 seconds. However, despite Miss Baron being Head of Drama and not an illusionist she cleverly devised speedy costume changes that left the audience in awe.

Derek Peaple, Headteacher at Park House School said that “this year’s performance with the singers, dancers, actors and the live band, together took school performances 'one step beyond' anything I have had the pleasure and privilege of seeing before”.


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Notes to Editors:

 

  • Park House is a secondary School and Sixth Form of 1,000 students ranging from 11 to 18 years of age. Consistently performing in the top 15% nationally for A Level and AS Level results, the School is the Centre of Excellence for Teaching Computer Science for the South of England. Holding Academy status enables Park House to enjoy the freedom to receive independent investment to offer students more opportunities. In 2012 Park House was the only academic institution to be awarded the ‘Inspired By 2012’ Mark by the Cabinet Office.


 









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