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To celebrate the 'delicious' music in the many adaptations of Roald Dahl’s fabulous storytelling, we invited young singers from a range of schools to join us to rehearse and perform three songs form Wonka and Matilda as part of our special Musical Theatre Day.

The Delscey Burns Theatre resounded with catchy vocals, clever wordplay and lively choreography. With dance led by our dance specialist, Robyn Caldwell, and the singing shaped by Bethan Dudley Fryar, the girls quickly learnt snazzy and eye-catching tricks of the trade in a musical theatre showcase. Mark Sandon-Williams provided beautiful accompaniment and the high energy activities kept everyone busy throughout the day!

A delicious lunch gave the young pupils a chance to meet and chat to current pupils and learn of the many opportunities available at St Mary’s to explore and develop a passion for Music, Drama and Dance. A special visit to School House gave the girls an insight into life in the Year 7 Boarding House and a tour of the Music Department gave a chance to experience the facilities.

As part of the performance, three current vocal pupils performed their favourite musical theatre songs from Mamma Mia, Guys and Dolls and The Sound of Music. Willa, Sophie and Evie captivated the younger children and the wider audience of parents and staff. Then the Musical Theatre Day class of ’24 took to the stage and performed their show with total commitment. Pure Imagination, A World of Your Own and When I Grow Up/Naughty were beautifully executed and performed with joy. The girls definitely earned their delicious cupcakes and were proud to be reunited with their friends and family and enjoy afternoon tea. 

‘It was a fabulous day of acting, singing, dancing – and using props with complete confidence!’ reported Mrs Dudley Fryar. ‘All the girls were fantastically committed and gave a spectacular performance. It was a day full of music and friendship which was wonderful to be a part of.'

Mrs Bethan Dudley Fryar
Director of Vocal Studies