In Drama at High March School the emphasis is based simply on one word - confidence. Each child in taught in a very positive manner - encouragement being the key.
Every pupil in Upper School is given an opportunity to perform on a weekly basis (twice weekly if taken privately). She is congratulated constantly, and rarely criticised. She is told repeatedly that she can do it, never that she can't. All positive points are applauded, and suggestions as to how her performance could be improved, tactfully approached. We are not training actors; we are bringing up children to be strong and to feel good about themselves.
From Year 1 onwards Speech and Drama can be taken as an optional extra subject. The girls are prepared to perform at local festivals and they take the L.A.M.D.A. speech and drama examinations.
Children are given the opportunity to perform to their parents and guests throughout their time at High March. Recent performances in the Foundation Stage have included Nursery children singing carols and dancing for their parents and Reception children participating in a Nativity play at Christmas. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 also produce a Nativity each year as well as another musical production in which each child is included.
In Upper School, our newly refurbished Hall features a beautiful oak floor and panelling with a wonderful retractable stage. New sound and lighting equipment has also been recently installed to create many sophisticated theatre effects. Year 3 pupils always enjoy their annual production at the end of the Lent Term, which includes individual performances by each child and often an additional ensemble piece. Each year a School production is staged in which the Year 6 pupils take the leading parts. Under the inspired tutelage of our talented Music and Drama staff the standard of the girls' performance is always incredibly impressive and a particular delight for their parents. Recent productions have included 'Oliver', 'Grease', 'Me and My Girl' and 'Bugsy Malone'.