Drama at LMPS
Wildwood June 2019 - Whole School Production!
On Thursday, 20th June, LMPS performed its summer production, Wildwood, at the Gainsford Theatre in Lytchett Minster School. Wildwood is an original musical set in a Dorset woodland. Fearing the destruction of their forest home, the gentle Fuzzies submitted to the fierce Preds for protection. It takes the return of a clever fox named Freddie to expose the real danger of the Preds and convince the Fuzzies to fight for themselves. The show features a swinging soundtrack from the 60's and 70's including: I Get Around, The Adder Creeps Tonight, Wild World, With A Little Help From My Friends, Bright Eyes, Wild Thing, Shake Your Tail Feather and Born to Be Wild. Over 130 children showcased their talents as dancers, actors, stage crew, choir and musicians in the orchestra. In addition, over 20 LMPS staff were joined by members of the community, pupils and staff from LMS and they all worked hard with the children to put on an amazing production. Wildwood was truly spectacular; the audience laughed and cried as the story of the woodland creatures unfolded. Every child's part made a difference: from the lights, the props, the singing, the dancing, the playing of an instrument or being a main part – each contribution made this production something special. The sum truly is greater than the parts.
Why Bother with Drama?
Children like to move and to interact with others. In drama we ask them to do exactly this. Rather than sitting still and listening they are encouraged to move, speak and respond to one another. Students who are challenged by reading and writing (including those with English as a second language) often respond more positively to the imaginative and multisensory learning offered by drama. This in turn helps them develop such skills as creativity, enquiry, communication, empathy, self-confidence, cooperation, leadership and negotiation. Most importantly, drama activities are fun – making learning both enjoyable and memorable.
Drama is ideal for cross-curricular learning and is a valuable tool for use in many subject areas. In particular, drama develops literacy skills – supporting speaking and listening, extending vocabulary and encouraging pupils to understand and express different points of view. Dramatic activity motivates children to write for a range of purposes.
Drama gives children opportunities to explore, discuss and deal with difficult issues and to express their emotions in a supportive environment. It enables them to explore their own cultural values and those of others, past and present. It encourages them to think and act creatively, thus developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied in all areas of learning. Through drama, children are encouraged to take responsible roles and make choices – to participate in and guide their own learning.
Watch this space for news about our summer 2020 production – it also promises to be sensational!