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Wicked!

Posted on: 15th Mar 2022

February 2022 was an important month for the music department, as it marked the return of trips to the West End to see professional shows!  These trips were a highlight for students before the pandemic struck.  Visiting theatreland is always exciting and inspiring, and the deals available to all schools mean students can get the best seats in the house!

On 2nd February, Year 10 and 11 GCSE music classes saw Holzman & Schwarz’s masterpiece Wicked at the Victoria Theatre.  This show is important to both classes, as it contains musical material that they study for their GCSE music examination.

WickedHannah, Year 10, said of the experience, “The trip ... was really fun. I enjoyed my time there and the actors were beyond amazing! In the theatre, the setting was designed well and matched the theme of what they are going for. I learnt a lot from the play, and it did help me with my music GCSE... and brought me happiness.”

Lindsay, Year 10, agreed, saying, “The trip Wicked musical was an uplifting experience; the costumes were very impressive, and the songs were surprisingly catchy. It was also a great help for our GCSE as we are studying one of the songs 'Defying Gravity' from the musical too - rather than listening to the song online, we got to experience it first-hand. It was fun!”

Andrea, Year 10, felt seeing the musical in a live performance really brought home the emotion, “Going to watch Wicked was an extremely entertaining experience as it consisted of a wide range of costumes, acting and singing, and my favourite part was when the song Defying Gravity was performed. Defying Gravity is one of the pieces of music in which we need to study for GCSE, and so watching Wicked helped better my understanding and the context of the song better. Furthermore, the actresses performed the song really well - they showed great emotion and technique in their singing, and the whole setting and atmosphere were able to add to the tension and emotion of the piece.”

Our thanks go to Miss Whitmarsh for organising the trip and Miss Gwarada for supporting and assisting on the day.  More trips are planned in the summer to see Les Miserables and Frozen.  Here’s hoping these trips can go ahead, based on both the joy and the educational value the Wicked trip gave!

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