On Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June, the Prep School drama production of ‘The Lion King’ took place in the Judi Dench Theatre. The cast featured Years 4, 5 and 6 and showcased fantastic talent through dancing, singing, drama and music.
Abbot’s Hill is now an Artsmark school in recognition of its excellence in the applied and performing arts and this was shown through the hard work and dedication of each pupil. The girls took on their character roles with passion.
Preparing for the production presented exciting new challenges which included creating visually impressive choreography, learning songs in a variety of native African languages, playing complex rhythms on African instruments and imitating the moves and characteristics of different animals.
All of the pupils were heavily involved in the design aspect of the show; ranging from the Year 4 pupils painting their own Hyena costumes to Year 6 creating animal masks. In addition to this, each cast member documented their creative journey in an Arts Award journal which will culminate in each pupil receiving an Arts Award commissioned by Trinity College London.
The production was brought together through team work from the teachers of the Performing & Creative Arts Department, all of the pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 and the Prep School staff working collaboratively to create a memorable show.
Well done to all the girls who took part and a big thank you to Miss Sparrow, Mrs Worrell, Mrs Hindmarsh, Mr Harrison, Miss Werbicki, Mrs Cutler, Mrs Johnston, Miss Twinn and to everyone else who supported the production.
“Incredible production – well done to all the girls and a special thank you to the staff who must have put so much extra time into choreographing such a beautiful production – the costumes and props were spectacular.” – Abbot’s Hill School parent