The Prep School Put On An Outstanding Performance of ‘Baboushka’

Congratulations to all of our Prep School Years 2-5 students for a magnificent Christmas performance of ‘Baboushka’. It was simply amazing and all the children performed brilliantly. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening so special and for the wonderful costumes.

You can see an extract of the performance here:

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Seaford College presents The Sound of Music!

The Sound of Music Poster ThumbnailWe are delighted to announce the details of Seaford College’s forthcoming production The Sound of Music.

The pupils are well into rehearsals of what is bound to be another spectacular Seaford show. The cast involves students from years 3-13, and the show will be the first of its kind in our new Performing Arts space in the Johnson Centre. Continue reading

Taking on the Greek Theatre Tragedy, Antigone

Antigone looks on as King Creon speaksLast term the Senior Drama performers took to the stage with a wonderful production of Greek Theatre Tragedy, Antigone, and once again, Seaford College students demonstrated that they are capable of performing very challenging plays from a range of genres and historical periods.

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Young Shakespeare Company inspires Year 9

YSC Performing Macbeth
Last week, the Young Shakespeare Company came to Seaford College to perform Macbeth to Year 9, in a fantastic event that inspired the students.

The YSC combines clear, accessible and well-paced acting with challenging yet inclusive workshop activities. The emphasis throughout is on the importance of choice and interpretation in the process of putting on a play. Continue reading

Pirates of Penzance a huge success

Pirates of Penzance

Seaford held four performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, kicking off with an open dress rehearsal and then 3 nights of performances.

The show was fun and energetic throughout, with fantastic turns from the principals and the supporting cast. Sara Reynolds, Director of Performing Arts at Seaford, was thrilled with how the show went.

Pirates of Penzance Policeman“I couldn’t be more proud. The work ethic was incredible from the students and the staff that were involved and the outcome was more than I could have hoped for. It is an enormous task taking on a show like the Pirates of Penzance, with a cast of over sixty students and a back stage team and everybody put in a huge amount of work. It was a great learning curve for everyone involved and I think we entertained our audiences which is what we set out to do.”

Zachary McArthur as the Major General in Pirates of Penzance

Two of Seaford’s Senior students, Zachary McArthur and Yolanda Gumpo, spoke to us about taking part in the show. “I was so proud to be part of the production,” said Zachary. “I was delighted to get the role of Major General Stanley because it was a fun part to play and enabled me to expand my acting skills in front of an audience. We got an amazing reaction from the audiences and that was wonderful after all the hard work that had gone into the production.”

Yolanda Gumpo in Pirates of PenzanceYolanda found it a great experience. “The cast ranged from Year 7’s to Year 13’s and it was great to work with students from across the school. As one of the senior cast members I enjoyed working with the younger students and helping them backstage and it was a real team effort.”

“It was an amazing performance last night – so energetic and funny. Well done. We also loved the seaside nibbles in the candy stripe bags” was one comment on Seaford’s Facebook page.

Young Seaford student in Pirates of PenzanceWe can’t wait for the next big Seaford production!

 

Buy your tickets for The Pirates of Penzance

Blog ImageShiver Me Timbers… it is time for you to book your tickets for Seaford College’s forthcoming production of The Pirates of Penzance.

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Prep School Gives Dazzling Performance of ‘Joseph’

The Prep School performs 'Joseph'Seaford College Prep School gave a dazzling performance of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last week. Eighty students from Years 2 to 8 took part in the production, with Nick Easton taking the title role and Ben Clark as the Pharaoh.

The role of the Narrator was divided between five students including two of the cast’s youngest members, Charlotte Cragg and Lauren Goldsmith.

Head of the Prep School Sebastian Rees said that the show was “an example of what the Prep School does best, making education fun.”

Some of the cast members will also be performing at ‘Seafordstock,’ an outdoor rock concert taking place in the College grounds this evening, Wednesday 1st July at 6.30pm.Over 80 pupils from Seaford College Prep School performed

Head of Drama Dr Jane Askew said, “The performing arts are thriving at Seaford College, with events happening throughout the year. It is very exciting to see the younger students emerging with such talent.”

Seaford College Prep School Presents ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’

Seaford College Prep School proudly presents 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'Seaford College Prep School are delighted to invite you their performance of the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th June. Performances start at 7.00pm and will take place in the Assembly Hall. Admission is free, but you are invited to make a donation to the forthcoming Prep School Choir Tour.

Refreshments are available in the Hollington Centre before the show, and we look forward to welcoming you.

Little Shop of Horrors has Audiences Coming Back Night After Night

Adam Newman as Seymour, Eleanor Baker as Audrey and Max Jukes as MushnikThe Performing Arts students of Seaford College have done it again! Following on from their acclaimed production of Oh! What a Lovely War last year, they have taken a completely different direction with their latest show, Little Shop of Horrors. The musical, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, tells the spine-chilling story of a man eating plant from outer space that takes up residence in a downtown florist’s shop. The cast gave a sparkling performance throughout, with Adam Newman as Seymour; Eleanor Baker as Audrey; Max Jukes as Mushnik; George Lawson as Orin; and Araminta Johannes, Joseph Alexander, Fergus Segrove, Tom Oldham and Andrea Aranda in supporting roles. Yolanda Gumpo, Lexie White and Jaime Pardey were sensational as the Continue reading

Seaford College Proudly Presents The Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of HorrorsSeaford College is pleased to announce that by kind permission of Joseph Weinberger Ltd the performances of this year’s senior musical production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors are taking place on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March, starting at 7.30pm in the Assembly Hall.

Admission is by programme, and these will be on sale in the Hollington Centre from 7pm on each of the performance evenings. The cost is £5.00 for adults and £3.00 concessions. We are also offering a pre-theatre dinner with wine on the Friday evening for £10.00 including the performance. Bookings for this can be made at bookings@seaford.org.

Following on from our highly successful production of Oh! What a Lovely War last year, we are venturing into a completely different style and genre. The show is packed with great songs and a few blood curdling surprises, but all ages are welcome to join in the fun.

As always, we look forward to seeing you and greatly appreciate your on-going support.

An Interview with the Cast of Doctor Faustus

Max Jukes as Mephistopheles and Freddie Miller as Doctor FaususIn the Winter Term Seaford students presented their engaging and atmospheric production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. We caught up with some of the cast to find out how they coped performing the notoriously difficult play, and to find out what drama is like behind the scenes at Seaford College.

Freddie Miller: Dr Faustus
Max Jukes: Mephistopheles
Chloe Gooding: Good Angel; Vintner; Old Woman
Violet Nicholls: Valdes; Robin; Devil
George Lawson: Cornelius; Rafe; Devil
Ouli Jagne: Evil Angel; Lechery; Duchess; Devil

How do you learn your lines?
Freddie: I learn my lines in chunks. I also draw images to remind me of bits in speeches.
Max: I learn my lines by pacing around the room, or whilst I balance different objects, like a broom, or bounce a ball. Doing two things at once really helps me learn my lines.
Violet: I learn my lines whilst walking around the table!
George: I usually learn my lines by recording my voice. If Violet and I messed up our lines, we could always improvise.
Ouli: I was lucky that I had several small roles. In previous years, I’ve had loads of lines to learn. But I find that the lines come to me, they seep in during rehearsals, and I go through them before I go on. I will admit I do change the words sometimes, and yes, even Shakespeare’s!Seaford's Production of Doctor Faustus

How did you find the language of the play, and was it difficult performing such a complex piece?
Freddie: The syntax was really hard, it was worse than Shakespeare, and there were bits of Latin. But I am always ready for a challenge. Dr Askew is brilliant as well. She’s done a PhD and that really helps, she really understands it and explains it very well.
Max: Marlowe’s language is not as heightened as Shakespeare’s, and there’s no iambic pentameter. But there is a lot of Latin, Spanish and Greek in it.
Violet: At first I was a bit overwhelmed, but you keep doing it more and more which helps, you learn it in performance. You remember that you’re being someone else. Also, Dr Askew helped by translating it for us. She was very good at bringing us together as a team
Ouli: I thought all playwrights wrote like Shakespeare – I was wrong.

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Seaford’s Dr Faustus Production Rivals the West End

web1The production of Dr Faustus was a higlight of the Winter term. Students from Seaford College presented their engaging and atmospheric production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. The cast made up of students between the ages of fourteen and eighteen rose to the challenge of presenting this less familiar Renaissance play to a modernfaustus seaford college web2 audience with clarity and insight.The production design, created by Jamie Klückers, presented Faustus’ book-lined study as a backdrop, with the use of candle light and shadow to lend an eerie feel to the macabre events of the play. Freddie Millar and Max Jukes as Faustus and Mephistopheles, were supported by a strong ensemble of young performers who were able to powerfully convey the darker aspects of the play as well as moments of slap-stick humour. faustus seaford college web4The director, Dr Jane Askew said ‘It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a committed and talented cast, on what was a very challenging piece.’
‘There have been many enthusiastic messages from audience members praising the professionalism of the production and the cast’s ability to bring such a complex play to life for a modern audience.’

Seaford College proudly presents Dr Faustus

drama at seaford collegeSeaford College is continuing its highly successful run of senior drama productions with a presentation of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Following on from Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream the College’s Drama department, led by Dr Jane Askew, has decided to stay within the genre of Renaissance drama, and revisit a play that was extremely popular with its sixteenth century audience and which has, through many reinterpretations, maintained a fascination for audiences throughout its history. It is the timeless tale of a man dissatisfied with life, who sells his soul to the Devil in return for limitless knowledge, power and wealth. But the promise proves to be hollow and the price one of unimaginable horror.f press releaseweb2

Dr Askew is delighted to be supported once again by Jamie Klückers and his production team for set design, lighting and costumes, which combined with powerful and engaging cast performances, will bring this classic drama to life. The production will be staged at Seaford College on Thursday 27th November, Friday 28th November and Saturday 29th November. A pre-theatre dinner will be available on Friday 28th, enabling audience members to enjoy a relaxed two-course meal with wine in the College’s beautiful surroundings before the show commences.

faustus rehearsal 2web3Dr Askew said: “I am so fortunate to have such a talented and committed young cast to work with. This is quite a challenging piece and they are all working hard to bring clarity and meaning to their performance.”
Max Jukes, Theatre Studies student and cast member, said: “This play still has a lot to say to a modern audience, about the selfish pursuit of personal desires and what the consequences might be. It’s been a great team to work with… lots of fun in rehearsals as well as hard work, of course!”

Tickets for the show will cost £5, or £10 including dinner. Enquiries and bookings can be made via: bookings@seaford.org

 

John Green is Celebrating a Dynamic 1st Year as Headmaster of Seaford College

IMG_0573 54thiswebJohn Green joined Seaford College as Headmaster in September 2013. Amazingly Seaford in its 130 year history has only had 8 headmasters, with John Green being the 9th. John Green is already making his mark on Seaford History with the ambitious changes he has put in place in just one academic year. Reflecting on his first year, John Green said: “in a good school children need to feel valued, trusted and respected. Children also need to enjoy school and have fun. At Seaford we have a very strong academic core and via our new and unique Challenge Grade system, children are encouraged to secure academic personal bests – whilst still keeping a smile on their faces! Prospective and current parents always say how happy our children are. At Seaford we look after our children and inspire personal ambition and success so that personal bests are achieved inside and outside the classroom. This is why I love Seaford – because our flight path is unique to other schools.”
John is a good communicator and listener and is ambitious for every pupil. He maintains a high visibility throughout the ellie hitchcock challenge gradeWEBschool and prides himself on the fact that he can name every pupil. His sincere and personable style has led to successful Parent Focus Group meetings and an emphasis on open communication. He has successfully restructured the Senior Management team with increased attention and focus on the Prep, Middle & Senior School. With the appointment of James Passam & William Yates as deputy Heads, each of Seaford’s key stages has great leadership in place to drive success.
Academically John has introduced Challenge Grades to enable every child to achieve their full potential and to secure academic personal bests. Also new this year, the Year 9 Creative Carousel has enriched pupils’ learning, enabling students to have creative taster sessions and explore potential interests. In the Arts, Seaford has had 4 major productions, with the Prep School performing Peace Child and Honk! and the Senior School presenting Macbeth and Oh! What a Lovely War. The performances have rivalled the West End and represent the dedication and hard work of students and teachers. Musically Seaford had a record year of success at Godalming and the choir had the amazing opportunity to support Gary Barlow in concert.
John set out at the beginning of the year to improve careers advice. This led to a very successful everywoman conference, a careers fair and talks by leading business leaders. These have led to pupils gaining internships at Incredibull and IBM.
In sport, Seaford College is the Sussex U18 rugby champions for a second year in a row. Within the space of a month Seaford Boys’ Indoor Hockey team went from qualifying in the top 10 in the country to being ranked third nationally. Girls’ hockey is going from strength to strength. There have been notable Senior & Prep Netball performances with the 1st Prep Netball team winning the Annual West Sussex West Netball Tournament. The summer term has already seen great performances in Cricket, Athletics and Rounders. One of his ambitions was to see girls’ cricket become a popular sport at Seaford and in their inaugural outing the team came second against more experienced schools. The Tennis Academy, Shooting & Golf are all proving to be successful Saturday morning pursuits.
Seaford has had great success in the Young Enterprise competition and in debating. With an increased emphasis of giving back to the community John has also extended Seaford’s involvement with local community projects such as Petworth House and Brent Lodge Animal Hospital. Seaford also won the Charlton Chase for the first time in 20 years. Seaford’s outdoor pursuits are thriving including a strong participation in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
John has embraced modern technologies with the introduction of a Parent Portal (instant access to progress reports), Prep Diary (enabling parents to see the prep work that has been set), and improvements to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and Wifi over the expansive campus. John has also focused on networking within the local community and Seaford has had record breaking numbers at its 5 Open Mornings, illustrating Seaford’s buoyant and strengthening reputation within the educational arena. Seaford’s ability to offer a breadth of choice to meet the needs of the whole family and its focus on the individual is proving to be very alluring. It’s been a busy first year with John successfully managing the transition of Seaford into a modern and dynamic College.