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DON’T FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t forget that our fantastic production of the comical musical, Me And My Girl, is on at The Coro this Thursday and Friday (7.30pm).  Rehearsals have been going really well and all the students are working their socks off to stage a great night’s entertainment.

Please try to get family & friends to come and support us – tickets can be bought on the door both nights (the Box Office will be open from 6.30-7.30pm).

Also, could I remind those who were at the last Friends meeting that some of you volunteered to run the raffle for us on the Thurs or Fri?

Finally – is there any parent of a Year 7-9 student who may be willing to take over as Treasurer for the ‘Friends of UVHS Performing Arts’ (as we are now to be known).  Louise Steur has put in years of brilliant service, controlling the finances and putting Mr Butler in his place, but will be standing down before Summer as Catherine completes her A2s and goes to pastures new. Please contact Mr B at school for info.

Marines Pre-Sale

Tickets for the joint concert between UVHS Wind Band and The Royal Marines will go on pre-sale this Thursday (23rd) and Friday (24th) from the Box Office at The Coro.  On these two days, tickets can only be purchased in person (not over the phone or internet), but there is no limit to the number of tickets an individual can buy.

The password is:  Lizzie’s Band

Also – a reminder that we are running a trip to see the award-winning musical adaptation of The Commitments at The Palace Theatre in Manchester on Saturday 8th April. Students and parents are invited to come – see attached letter…

Commitments letter

Please contact Mr Butler if you wish to go


Royal Marines Tickets

A reminder that tickets for the Massed Band concert with the Royal Marines go on pre-sale next Thursday and Friday (23rd & 24th Feb) to parents and staff  –  the password for tickets is:

Lizzie’s Band

Balcony  –  £17.50 (no concessions)
Front Stalls rows A-E  –  £14  (£10 under 16s)
Rear Stalls rows F onwards  –  £12 (£9 OAPs, £6 under 16s)

The Commitments – theatre trip for students & parents

We have got hold of 30 tickets to see the smash hit musical ‘The Commitments’ on Saturday 8th April. This trip is not only open to students but also to parents & friends  –  we really don’t mind who goes, everyone is welcome!!!!!

Tickets are £60 each including a great seat in the stalls  (with room for dancing!), transport and insurance.  Coach leaves at 9.45am – travel to The Lowry for shopping & lunch – show starts 2.30pm @ The Palace Theatre – back to UVHS by 7pm.

All details are on the letter here:  Commitments letter


Marines Concert

Marines poster 2017Please advertise this wherever possible. Tickets go on pre-sale to parents on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th Feb (notice change of date), and general sale to the public on Monday 27th. Please distribute on social media etc…..

Details of the ‘social’ with the Marines Dance Band on the 26th May will come out soon (after the Friends have firmed up details)

Friends of UVHS Music meeting

Dear All,

The next Friends meeting will be next Tuesday, 14th Feb (I know what you’re all thinking … what an old romantic Mr Butler is!!).  We will be discussing the forthcoming Marines concert in May and reviewing the Christmas events among other things.

All are welcome  –  6.30pm-7.15pm in the meeting room in A Block.

AS Drama Performance Assessment this Friday – please support!

UVHS Drama Studio. 4:30pm Friday 3 February.

For the Component 1 assessment of the AS Drama and Theatre Studies Course, students need to perform an extract from a chosen play in the style of a renowned theatre practitioner to a selective and supportive audience. They also need to perform a role in the form of a monologue or duologue. This year’s students have chosen to perform ‘Metamorphosis’ by Steven Berkoff (adapted from the short story by Franz Kafka), adopting his stylised approach to theatre combining mime and movement with a highly mannered form of line delivery associated with Berkoff’s practice. After a performing an abridgment of the play, focussing on the theme of the parasitical nature of the poor protagonist’s family, there is a short interlude of comedy in the form of Moth and Maudie from Jim Cartwright’s famous play ‘Two’. The darkness descends as the performance is concluded with the duologue of Roy and Lesley from the same play.