On Monday 29 January, 80 students excitedly met in the School Bus lanes for the short trip over to The Hawth Theatre for this year’s Rock Challenge heat. Rock Challenge is an educational and aspirational performing arts competition for students, that aims to show young people how they can achieve a ‘natural high’ by working as a team to create a performance on stage.
Our title this year was ‘Behind the Bookcase’ and was based around the story of Anne Frank. We chose to base this year’s performance around the diary of Anne Frank as 2017 marked 70 years since the dairy was published.
Rehearsals started in September and students have worked hard every Wednesday after school on both the performance and the set design, in order to prepare for competition.
A Rock Challenge performance is not just about the theme, the dance or the drama but the performance as a whole and we were judged on every aspect of the performance from set design, lighting and sound track to the dance, drama and costumes. The performance really couldn’t happen without every person contributing to their role whether it be choreographing a section or designing the set.This year we won a range of excellence awards and came 3rd Overall within out heat. We achieved awards in the following areas:
- Student Leadership
- Performance skills
- Visual Enhancement
- Stage Use
- Set Design and function
- Costume and Character
Tanbridge House was also recognised for ’10 Years Participation’ and received an additional award for this.
We are really proud of every student who participated in this year’s Rock Challenge for their dedication and commitment during rehearsals, their behaviour and attitude on the day and of course for their performance within the competition.
Report by Miss Glenn