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‘Learning South Leicestershire’ Performing Arts Day


Wednesday, 22nd June saw Robert Smyth Academy host a Performing Arts day for Gifted and Talented year 7 students from across the south of Leicestershire. Gartree High School, Welland Park Academy, Manor High School, Thomas Estley Community College and Lutterworth High School all sent students who were gifted in Performing Arts subjects to Robert Smyth to learn the opening of the musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in one day.

The day consisted of three individual workshops focussing on the three disciplines of Performing Arts; Music, Dance and Drama. Each workshop focussed on student’s exploring each discipline within the context of the opening Prologue, a song, a dance and two scenes from the musical.

Drama teacher, Claire Parsons was directing the drama workshops and had a group becoming ‘human scenery’, one group acting out the characters and another group providing us with two human based ‘Audrey II’ plants, the villain of the musical.


Head of Music, Helle Petersen and singing teacher, Debbie Smith were on hand to take the singing workshop where students learned two of the songs from the musical in two-part harmony.


Head of Dance, Marie Routledge and year 12 RSA student, Helen Spacie led the dance workshops where students were taught a very lengthy 3 minute dance routine which they all learnt from memory. A fantastic achievement in itself!


The day culminated with all of the elements of the workshops being put together to create an opening dance/song and first scene from the musical, which was directed by Claire Parsons.

The day was organised by Robert Smyth Gifted and Talented coordinator, Rachael Eddy and Head of Performing Arts, Nick Hughes in liaison with the ‘Learning South Leicestershire’ group of schools.


Rachael Eddy said this about the day “It was fantastic.  This was a group of students who absolutely threw themselves into what was a fun and fast paced day. What I really noticed was how much fun the Performing Arts staff has together – a great mix of brilliant teaching and enthusiasm. And how great to see so many 6th form students happily giving up their time by helping out in the workshops.”

Hopefully all the students will take away many positives from the day and understand that hard work, perseverance and team work, always yields outstanding progress and results.

The whole day was a huge success with all students thoroughly enjoying their day away from their regular schools to explore and be challenged in the Performing Arts. Who says the Arts don’t benefit young people?? Not us. #bacc4thefuture