From the Principals Mr & Mrs Hampton

Thank you for helping us with the Christmas Plays

The school fairly buzzes with excitement before the Christmas Plays. The children cannot wait to perform for their parents so it was great to see such an excellent turn out on the day. The ingenuity of parents to produce such impressive costumes and the skill of the make-up artists all adds to the sparkle that makes the afternoon such a special occasion for the children.

It was rather difficult to recognise just who was who under the very professional face painting of the animals in Junior’s One’s story of A Very Snowy Christmas but what a great debut from this young group. Well done to Miss Johnson and Miss Hayward for coaching such a successful performance out of these still, very new pupils and thank you to Rose Briones, Mrs du Cann, Mrs Pasiechnikova and Ms Bordi for such skillful face painting.

We were extremely impressed with Form One’s disciplined performance and beautiful speaking voices in Father Christmas Goes On Holiday as they described FC’s travels round the world – and relieved to learn he will be back in time to wrap up presents for the 25th! This was a lovely performance from the children; they looked and sounded wonderful and we did enjoy their Indian dancing. Thank you to Mrs Simich who organised and provided the make-up.

We simply loved Form Two’s hilarious, green-faced aliens in Aliens Love Panta Claus and the idea of reindeers wearing pants was brilliant fun. We will certainly be looking out for Panta Claus this year! This was a witty, very jolly production which the children loved presenting and we loved watching. A big thank you to Ms Bordi, Mrs Rizvi, Mrs Mediokritskaya and Mrs Fischer for helping with the make up.

We doubt if many will be able to forget Form Three’s lively production of The Elves and the Shoemaker. This was a well-crafted, well-acted play with confident performances from everyone – some unforgettable! We really enjoyed every moment down to the final So long, Farewell! Thank you to Mrs de Silva, Mrs Pasiechnikova and Mrs du Cann, once again, for their make-up skills.

Form Four was very much involved in deciding what they would perform and in the play’s concept and development and they clearly enjoyed performing it. The girls looked lovely, acted confidently and their singing interlude was beautifully sung. How delighted the girls were to see Aida Tursyn (now at Francis Holland, NW1) who came to help Mrs Kanatova, Ms Meggeson and Mrs Papeians with hair and make-up. Thank you to all for their help.

Form Six’s passion for detective stories and for Sherlock Holmes in particular was the inspiration for the choice of The Hound of the Baskervilles 2. Some very mature performances emerged from the older girls, hinting of things to come as they move on to their senior schools, while Form Five were keen to demonstrate that they have rather a flair for comic acting! Glamorous hair and make-up plus an outbreak of moustaches were courtesy of Ms d’Anglejan, Ms Kanatova and Mrs Papeians. A very big thank you to Mr Pilz for the loan of his Bee Smoker for the special effects and very well done and thank you to Mrs Larke who was in charge of the smoker as well as some audible stage effects!

A final thank you, as always, to Mrs Hopkins for her support. The music and songs are integral to each performance. The Sherlock Holmes theme (from the BBC production) was a Mrs Hopkins ‘special’, cleverly adapted by her for the senior girls to play. Well done and thank you to Renee Regis and Laura Papeians de Morchoven (from Form Four) who joined the senior group on violins and Mrs Alvanis who coached them in their parts. As always, its good teamwork that produces the results!
Well done to all.


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