It was exactly the kind of extra activity that parents have come to expect from these small and creative schools. The ample team of teaching staff led by Executive Head Mrs Anne Neary results in smaller class sizes and the time to arrange outstanding outings!
But, disappointingly, would you believe that Covid got in the way of their best laid plans? Sadly, the school was advised that it is unsafe for students from different schools to mix with each other. So, with much heartache, the matinee shows which were being performed just for them had to be called off – or so it seemed.
However, do read on…. Westacre Theatre is now busy installing new WiFi, and the well-known touring company behind Robin Hood – Lamphouse Theatre – are supplying the technical equipment and the know-how needed to live stream the performance direct into the classrooms. What started off as a routine theatrical partnership between Westacre and Lamphouse has developed into a major collaboration on this unique project.
Sadie and Matt Grist, new theatre directors at Westacre admitted that the additional costs would be borne by the Theatre for the sake of saving Christmas. “We won’t be beaten”, they said emphatically. “How could we let down so many youngsters in the run-up to their special time? We just had to save the day. Live streaming from our Studio stage will be a first for us but we are confident we can pull it off.”
As we all know, every cloud has a silver lining. 17-year old college student Lauren, attending the Theatre for some invaluable work experience, is delighted to find herself as third camera person. So Lauren will now have the completely unexpected opportunity to gain relevant professional training and a new life experience – what a real bonus for her.
So while the little people will watch on screen, please remember you are entirely free to come along to Westacre Theatre and enjoy a laugh-a-minute night out complete with brand new songs and hair-raising sword fights with the clever folk from Lamphouse presenting Robin Hood.