This huge Sheffield cast set Grease alight on their school stage

Summer nights were transformed at Silverdale School this month, when a massive cast of pupils pooled their talent on stage to delight audiences with their end of term ‘Grease’ extravaganza.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 08:29 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 15:49 pm
A scene from Silverwood's recent production of Grease

Memories of the 1978 film will have flooded back for many, as the familiar songs by familiar characters burst in to life on stage.

The high energy show was a musical originally, in 1971, and became a film so many years later.

With over 100 pupils from across the school taking part in the production, it included sixth formers, a full-strength orchestra and a staff cameo each night to add to the entertainment.

There was a great deal for people to enjoy as vibrant performers, colour and song filled the venue.

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Students displayed their acting and singing abilities to the full, to wow audiences with their considerable talents over four successful, sell-out nights.

This year’s shows had special elements included, not least because they involved two casts, each performing two nights each, to allow as many students to take part as possible.

In some of the rousing scenes within the show, there were dozens of students on stage at once, showcasing their many performing talents.

All the music was provided by a live band, again made up of Silverdale students.

Head of Silverdale School, Mrs Sarah Sims, said: “We pride ourselves on our inclusive ethos at Silverdale, and this even extends to our performances.

“Mrs Moore and Mrs Cooper, our drama and music teachers, were determined to include as many students as possible, so they doubled up the cast.

“This meant double the workload for them, but resulted in twice as much fun for the students.

“I am extremely proud of the commitment shown by everyone involved.”

She continued: “I have had numerous parents tell me how impressed they were by the high standard of the performances.

“We definitely have some future stars among our students.

“Given that we now offer both drama and music performance courses in our sixth form, I know that we can support them if they want to choose a performing arts pathway.

“I hope to see many more performances to match the standard of Grease!”

The school has a history of rousing drama productions, and students will be able to pursue their interests in the subject further from this year, as new courses are launched.

From September this year, Silverdale will offer sixth formers the option of studying music and drama courses, with a new drama and theatre A-level available for the first time.

The performing arts department in the school is always highly active, with regular performances and shows throughout the year, both within the school itself and within the wider city.

There are also strong links with Sheffield Theatres, and other theatre groups, with many students taking part in performances in their own time.

Regular trips take place to local theatres, where students are encouraged to sign up for discounted membership cards.