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On Wednesday 25th and Thursday 27th February 2014 The Harefield Academy had the great privilege of staging High School Musical. The auditions back in October 2014 gave us a clear insight into how excited the cast were at the prospect of bringing life to the Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens classic.

With any school production the aim is to have full representation of all aspects of The Academy and this production fulfilled that requirement. The show showcased our many talented students ranging in age from 11 to 19. All of the students committed to a comprehensive rehearsal schedule which saw them giving up at least one night a week to hone their singing, dancing and acting skills. It was the same impressive dedication which saw them also give up a day of their half term holidays to come into school to rehearse.

It was not only students that worked hard on stage to ensure the total success of the performance. Lauren Woolf, who has returned to us to pursue A Level Dance and support the VPA Faculty in lessons, and our very own English Teacher, Bradley Cividino, were both masterful in their roles as Ms Darbus and Coach Bolton.

All of the hard work paid off and the cast exceeded all expectations. All of the actors involved looked amazing in their costumes and performed to the very best of their ability. They were completely unfazed by the full to capacity 154 seat Theatre and if anything the audience made their performance even more focussed.

Our proud tradition of total involvement from all Performing Arts disciplines continued and we had students operating the lights, stage managing, organising props, co-ordinating and doing stage make-up and expertly performing Front of House duties. Perhaps one of the best endorsements of our proud tradition of school productions is that a former student, Kieran Thompson, who left us in 2012 comes back year after year to operate the lights and without his calm methodical nature we would be lost. He is passing the mantle on to Bradley Kennedy and Ewan Feek in Year 10 who are being trained up in preparation that they will take over. We will also be saying a fond farewell to Molly Davey who has been the most inspirational Stage Manager and has been working alongside us since Year 7. This year she will get to put all of her experiences and expertise to the best possible effect as in her forthcoming Performing Arts GCSE she will be assessed as a Stage Manager. So, good luck Molly!

Working on a school production as a member of staff represents a huge commitment both in terms of time and energy. All of the VPA faculty agree that our efforts were repaid by every one of the students who excelled themselves and enjoyed every second of the process. To all of our students we are so proud of all of your efforts. Congratulations!