Extract from Glass Town Cultural Activities Newsletter - October 2009
De La Salle School , with it’s specialist status as a performing and visual arts school, surpassed all expectations this July to put on an amazing dance show ‘ It Was Acceptable In The 80’s’.
The Dance department excelled in bringing together students from every year group in school from year 7-11, together with some ‘feeder’ schools in the area and as a new venture this year, joined forces with the newly formed Bespoke Dance Company , to produce what was a truly amazing 3 night runaway success at the Theatre Royal.
The highly acclaimed visual arts department of the school was also centre stage in producing a magnificent 5ft square ‘Rubic’s Cube’ suspended over the performance stage as part of the totally 80’s theme, as well as producing outstanding visual and technical imagery to compliment every dance from ‘Madness’ to ‘The Procalimers’ to ‘Grand Master Flash’ to ‘The Jam’ and many many more. Everyone worked so hard together to produce this amazing show – from the truly authentic fun 80’s costumes ; the very ‘school text book like’ programmes, produced in collaboration with ‘Cultivate Creative’, to the array of 80’s songs, all of which made the final showcase truly authentic.
Mrs Joanne Loftus, Head of Dance , and Miss Claire Wellens , dance teacher, both commented on how totally committed every student who took part had been especially as most did not have dance backgrounds. All committed 100% to the success of the show. Both Mrs Loftus and Miss Wellens performed as part of the Bespoke Dance Company to an amazing reception from pupils and families in the audience.
Mrs Loftus added: ‘The atmosphere was electric and we are so delighted at how everyone entered into the spirit of the 80’s theme and supported their friends and family on all three nights. It really was a showcase for the school’
The Dance Dept would like t say a huge thank you to all the ‘feeder’ schools who took part : St. Austin’s , St. Thomas Canterbury , St Theresas and St. Julies for their outstanding behaviour commitment and overall enjoyment at taking part – they really did each of their schools proud !
Thanks to every student who gave 100% commitment and to all the parents and staff who helped behind the scenes.
Clic Sargent , the St Helens based charity for children with cancer benefited too from the generosity of all who took part in the ‘Practice a Thon’ during rehearsals for the show. Each child was sponsored for the number of hours practice undertaken to raise funds for this very worthy local charity. A very productive partnership.
It definitely was a show to remember ! Keep an eye on the school website for details of the next school show planned for December this year !
(Jane Meredith. Acting Community Arts Officer, De La Salle School )
Item added : 2nd February 2019