Excellence in Performing Arts

We want students to follow their dreams.  In performing arts that means starting young, learning the skills, and treating it as a true profession.

The performing arts department at Ormiston Denes Academy is a thriving hub of creativity that offers every student the opportunity to participate in every aspect of live performance. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, students can learn stage craft as actors, musicians, dancers, technicians, designers and stage managers, either as part of their studies or as an extracurricular activity.

Each term, there are a variety of performance opportunities to get involved with: full scale productions, showcases and local events, which are always well supported by the academy. The performing arts’ department philosophy is clear; everyone is welcome and there is a role for everyone to play. We believe that involvement in live theatre is a life-enhancing experience that equips young people with essential transferable skills; it should therefore be available to everyone.

To showcase our students’ talents, there are always performance opportunities to get involved with from full scale musical productions and plays to talent showcases and open mic lunches.  In addition, we work with both local and national theatre groups such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Latitude Festival, Norwich Theatre Royal, Seagull Theatre, Marina Theatre, Eastern Angles and Small Nose in order to provide our students with exposure to performing arts professionals and opportunities beyond the academy.

For music, all students have access to peripatetic (peri) music tuition in a range of instruments including; guitar, piano, vocal, flute, brass, strings…

We believe that involvement in live performance is a life-enhancing experience that equips young people with essential transferable skills.  As such, our clubs are open to all students where they study dance, drama and music at Key Stage 3.  Students can continue to study all three subjects at Key Stage 4, or specialise as appropriate.  Through our curriculum we develop confidence, communication, team work, problem solving and resilience.  Our philosophy is clear; everyone is welcome and there is a role for everyone to play.

Miss H Drama

Head of Performing Arts and CALSA

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