For pupils with a flair for the Performing Arts, St. Bees School is the place to come. The School has a flourishing Drama Department, and stages at least four performances a year. Pupils are extremely enthusiastic and plays are generally chosen with large casts in mind.
There are opportunities for everyone to be involved with School productions. As well as the actors and actresses, there are positions for pupils in the Lighting and Sound Departments as well as opportunities to help with the scenery and costumes and with back-stage production.
Recent School productions have included Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd”, Stella Gibbons’, “Cold Comfort Farm” (photo above) and Tennessee Williams’, “A Streetcar Named Desire”.
Junior productions have included Laurie Lee’s, “Cider with Rosie” (right) and John Wiles’, “The Golden Mask of Agamemnon”.
The Sixth Form stage an annual pantomime – a highlight of School and village life and special afternoon performances are laid on for local primary school children. The Pantomimes are usually held in one of our two dining rooms and, thanks to some creative scenery, the space is transformed into a mini-theatre for pantomime week. The Sixth Form surpassed themselves this year with their recent production of ‘Aladdin’.
There are regular theatre trips to major city venues such as Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester to see professional productions. There is also an annual three day visit in the summer to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform.