Upper Wharfedale School
At Upper Wharfedale School we have been improving our Performing Arts department over the last five years and we now regularly perform musicals for the public in our school hall, which are enjoyed by all and have fantastic reviews.
The Performing Arts teacher at Upper Wharfedale School, Miss Kidd, is very driven and enthusiastic and she has developed a fantastic provision and opportunity for all students to thrive within.
There is a School Production each year, which gives students across the whole school, the opportunity to act, sing and dance on stage.
There is also a Summer Showcase each year, which provides an opportunity for students to showcase their musical talents and for the whole community to enjoy coming together to celebrate the talents of our young people.
Each year the school productions get better as our students are becoming more practiced and our props and set are becoming more sophisticated.
We would like to use the Grassroots Giving scheme to contribute towards purchasing modular staging, which can be used for a whole range of activities within the performing arts department.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
This funding would have a huge impact on the School community, both students and staff. It would enable the set of the productions to be more professional, which in turn would enable our students to experience how it feels to perform on a stage with a set that looks amazing. It would help build their confidence and may even increase ticket sales.
The musical productions not only benefit the performers, as there is a whole army of people behind the scenes who create the set and carry out scene changes. The satisfaction achieved by producing a stage set is incredible.
Our school hall, along with the stage is available to the community to hire. During the summer holidays there is a performing arts summer camp being held. This community event would benefit from this funding too.
The modular staging we would like to purchase is a very versatile product which will last years. It will help to improve the experiences of young people within our community.
The school also have close links with Grassington Pantaloons and Grassington Players, both amateur dramatic societies within the community, and they regularly share equipment. Therefore these community group could also benefit for years to come.
""The modular staging would greatly enhance the overall performing arts department, both in and out of school. It will help to add depth and versatility to the stage and will enable much more technically challenging performances."
Bella Kidd, Subject Leader Performing Arts, Upper Wharfedale School."