Students Shine At East Grinstead Music & Arts Festival
It was smiles all-round for Ariel Drama Academy students as they swept the board at the recent East Grinstead Music & Arts Festival for the seventh consecutive year. The established festival, which originally launched in 1968 to promote and encourage the arts of dancing, singing and speech, had Ariel students of all ages participating across a wide range of categories. Whether it was their first or seventh year competing, all performed with real commitment and confidence, enjoying the whole experience as well as meeting other competitors – making principal Karen Brown very proud.
Dramatic success was across the board at this year’s festival, with students performing phenomenally in the musical theatre categories. Particular accomplishment was evident in the 9’s and under duo with first place awarded to Poppy Hadden and Ellie Jowett with ‘You’re Welcome’ from Moana.
Emily Wheatley came first in her musical theatre category singing ‘Part of your World’ from the Little Mermaid and she was placed second in the dramatic solo performing ‘Orange Blossom Girl’. Emily was also awarded a bursary for gaining top marks all round.
The Crawley Academy students came first again in their group improvisation, Bobbie Smith, Grace Towning, Grace Graham, Hollie Scott and Jess Jardin were delighted.
Our Special Needs students performed three pairs of dramatic duets with actors Becky Tyler, Amy Muir-Thimmins, Harry McCague and Thomas Gromwood performing brilliantly. ‘The sense of achievement with our students was clearly evident.’ says Ariel Special Needs Tutor Matt Godfrey.
All individuals and groups that entered received outstanding praise from the judges. East Grinstead principle Karen Brown said: “I’m so utterly overcome with how each student has performed over the last two days, with total commitment and dedication to their work. All the students who have previously taken part in the festival have progressed and developed their drama skills and this is a delight to see. I am also so proud of the first time students who have performed and I hope you will all ‘get the bug’ and will want to take part every year!”.