House Music and Drama
House Music and Drama is the highlight of the year for many Abbey girls. The shows are entirely devised and directed by the Sixth Form House Captains with girls from all year groups involved in a variety of sketches, dances and musical performances. A packed Richards Hall (all pupils and staff) spend the final day before half term enjoying and supporting the performers. House spirit was very strong this year with Young Enterprise companies face-painting house colours for those keen to show their allegiance.
The judges - Mr Willis (Music), Mrs Burn (Dance) and Miss Sutton (Drama) – were very impressed by the variety of shows with each House interpreting their allocated number 1,2,3 or 4..
Mrs Kyle and Mrs Lesbirel were dressed sportily to cheerlead their performers. The House Captains, Emily and Flo compered as the presenters of 'The One Show'. The Olympic dance was a high impact start. The witty poem 'One Inch Tall' was delivered by a group of assured UIII pupils (with the 'spider' falling from the balcony raising a scream and many laughs. There was some beautiful classical ballet, powerful character drama in 'One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest' and Hermione, Ron and 'The Chosen One' Harry in a hilarious wizarding sketch. After Robbie Williams' 'She's the One' the girls performed a group dance finale to 'One Love'.
Ms Hogg and Mrs Hinze introduced Kensington House's "2" theme with a witty sketch in which they were David Cameron and Nick Clegg. A Time Machine theme then unfolded as Adam, played by House Captain Charan Rai, travelled through time searching for his lost love, Eve. Along the way Adam and his companion the Tardis (Georgina Best) saw Noah's Ark complete with paired animals, witnessed the love of Romeo and Juliet, and the romance of Cinderella. There were powerful and emotional drama pieces about the Twin Towers and Man V Woman, which tackled the subject of Gender Equality. A hilarious version of "Take Me Out" showcased the girls' comedic talents, and impressive Karate and Gymastics displays wowed the crowd. Adam finally, and happily, found his Eve at the Abbey School, and the Kensington girls finished their energetic perfomance to 'One Two Step.'
Miss Smart and Mrs Thompson were hilariously dressed as chickens, trying to find a third chicken to complete the pack. The theme was carried on by the House Captains, Alice Ummat and Katie Wagstaff trying to find their lost third Musketeer Porthos, by holding ‘Musko Factor.' The Three little Piglets started it off with strong drama performances by LIVs. The ‘Witches’ were performed by UVs, as was a beautiful rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Three Maids are We, with a mixture of year groups. There was a lovely dance piece, with a combination of ballet and play acting, to the Pirates of the Caribbean. The face off between Harry Potter and Twilight was an amusement to all, as were the musical renditions of Busted ‘3000’ and Bob Marley’s ‘Three little Birds’. A chilling drama rendition of the Three Faces of Eve was sheer brilliance. After rubbing a genie for three wishes, the girls performed a group dance to ‘YEAH x3’.
Miss Roberts and Mrs Downer, gave a jammy dodger ream to the house captions Charlotte Barber and Suzanne Maroof to navigate themselves around the four corners of the Earth. A theme of the four seasons was also carried through, with Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons,' a lovely instrumental and ballet piece, and a sung version of 'Here Comes the Sun' by the Beatles. Sylvie Briggs and Lucy Sutcliffe impressed the audience by singing 'Defying Gravity' from the West End's Wicked, as did a chilling and inspiring poem about the reality going on in Africa. The girls showed off their many comedic talents with witty sketches including Harry Potter and the 125th birthday of the Abbey. A highlight of the performance was the Glee Auditions, which featured a cappella and rap performances, wowing the crowd. The girls performed their finale dance to Madonna's 'Four Minutes.'
The overall winner was announced to a packed Richards Hall – Paget – and there were major celebrations all round as girls headed off for the break.