Year 10 Music And Drama Wowed By Wicked

On Wednesday 14 June 40 of Princethorpe’s Year 10 GCSE Music and Drama pupils travelled to the Apollo Theatre Victoria in London to see the colourful and irresistible musical Wicked. The show, which has been running for over ten years now, initially opened to vicious reviews, but the ‘Untold Story of the Witches of Oz’, which explores the tortuous friendship between Elphaba and Glinda, captured the public imagination and is still thrilling audiences today.

This was an essential curricular trip for both GCSE courses, the show, with its bold stagecraft and unusual narrative, provided important depth to their studies. One of the songs, the spectacular Defying Gravity, is one of only eight set works on the new GCSE Music specification. Pupils need to be familiar with not only it's musical detail, but also its context within the show.

GCSE Drama pupils need to be exposed to a wide variety of theatrical productions to help them develop their performance skills. They also need to familiarise themselves with the techniques used in large productions to take audiences ‘outside the theatre’ and to appreciate how beneath all the glitz of the show you tell an important story.

Gil Cowlishaw, Director of Music, said, “The show was fantastic, thoroughly enjoyed by pupils and staff alike, and if the spirited renditions of Defying Gravity we were treated to on the coach home are anything to go by, it had a profound effect on us all!”