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School Production Residential

The Sound of Music

17th-19th November 2022

On the morning of Thursday 17th November eighty-four students and five staff set off to Ingleborough Hall for our production residential. During the next two days the students worked on sections of The Sound of Music, learning new songs, rehearsing the music, choreographing, teaching dances and blocking the acting.

In between the rehearsals the students enjoyed eating great food, singing a whole host of songs - not in the musical, going on a conga around the Hall and watching some of the film of the musical. On the last night the Year 13’s led the established residential tradition of singing ‘So Long Farewell’ as each year group went up the stairs to bed.

Thank you to all of the students and staff involved in a fabulous residential.

Here are some of the students’ thoughts about the trip:

Oliver C (Y9 Actor): I thought it was nice that there was a good amount of space for us to work in and that we had two full days to rehearse and practice the action. I liked communicating with other students and making new friends. I had a great time.

Elsa I (Y9 Actor): I think the residential was very beneficial as it gave us a time to work on a large amount on the show, and to ask any questions that we needed to ask. It was a great experience to get to know the rest of the group and to find out more about them. The residential also gave us a nice break from the rest of school and a time to power on and to get things done with the show. This experience let us all grow in confidence in the drama side of our education, and encouraged us to participate in more activities alike this.

Rosie A (Y13 Musician): I would say that getting to spend a few days intensely rehearsing is great, especially when you enjoy what you're doing! It's a really good opportunity to get to know the show inside and out as well as spend time with other cast/ orchestra members you wouldn't otherwise see. For a year 13, it was a nice break from regular school and the staff are all considerate about that, giving us some quiet time to make sure we don't fall behind in subjects across the few days. I have always enjoyed and looked forward to this residential and it was quite emotional realising that this year was my last one.

John B (Y13 Musician): For my first school residential with the creative arts department, I didn't know what to expect. The trip was fun, we got a lot of practice time for what we needed to practice. The food at the hall was good, if I get the opportunity I would go again and recommend it to other people. 

Leo L-C (Y13 Musician): I thought the residential was a brilliant way to relax, even in my last year of school, preparing for A Levels. Ingleborough is a great place to simply enjoy what you love for an extended period of time whilst having fun with your friends and learning about the inner workings of a production. I will be sad to miss out on the show next year, but especially sad to miss out on the fantastic trip that I’ve been a part of since my first years at IGS! 

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