On Saturday 30 June over 200 performers danced, sang and dazzled their way through two sparkling shows of Curtain Call at the Albany Theatre in Coventry to packed auditoriums. The whole cast delivered an engaging and professional show that left audience members tapping their feet and wiping away proud tears of delight.
Each 75 minute act was packed with colourful, professionally produced extracts of song and dance, ranging from West End hits such as “Oliver & Aladdin” to numbers from the recent popular film, “The Greatest Showman”.
Pattisons’ full time school pupils and Musical Theatre students, together with the weekly Theatre Arts pupils, demonstrated yet again their ability to entertain at the highest level.
Beautifully choreographed numbers in many different dance styles, blended seamlessly with the school’s senior and chamber choirs. From classical ballet to street dance, from contemporary to a dazzling stage full of circus performers announcing “This Is The Greatest Show!” including fireworks and confetti bombs, no one could have failed to notice the high level of production and the sheer enjoyment that shone out from every performer.
At the end of the final curtain the Principal, Elizabeth McConnell took to the stage in person to thank the cast, parents and staff for all the hard work and support that had been given.
Miss Monique, director and Head of Theatre Arts was delighted with the performances, commenting, “next year will see Pattison’s celebrating 100 years of the dance school and 70 years of the academic school and even after all that time, the establishment on Binley Road continues to go from to strength to strength whether it be academic or vocational.
It has been a wonderful end to a year of fabulous success for the school: our choirs have performed at prestigious events throughout the year and competed successfully at the
Leamington Music Festival, we’ve had excellent LAMDA examination success as well as winning numerous sections at the Coventry & Nuneaton Drama festivals. Pupils have been nominated for Theatre Dance awards from the IDTA in London next year and our full time musical theatre students have achieved outstanding Distinction marks of 93 in their Level 4 Dance Diplomas.
We were also thrilled to find out recently that Pattisons was nominated as a finalist of “Dance School of the Year” in the vocational schools category, which will be announced at the end of July.
The judges were Brenda Last OBE and Terry Etheridge, both of whom have had illustrious careers in the dance industry as dancers, teachers and choreographers. They will join the dance teachers and their staff as well as the long-term supporter of these Awards-Angela Rippon CBE- when the winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony which will be held at the Woodbury Park Hotel on July 28.
Pattisons has also reached the finals of the prestigious “Barbara Sharples Choreographic Awards” for the sixth year running that take place at the Northern Ballet School in September.
In other words, even though the show is over, life at the school will continue to be extremely busy! Pattisons may have enjoyed its recent curtain call but the show certainly goes on!