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Inter-House Music and Drama Competition 2015

This year saw the Inter-House Music and Drama competitions combine for the first time with each House showcasing their acting and singing. On Friday 9 October, a full house in the Sports Hall was treated to an afternoon of monologues, duologues, ensembles and whole-House songs all based on this year’s theme of Musicals. With the exception of the whole-House song, every performance was put together by the pupils themselves. The proceedings were led by Mr R Hughes (Master of Scholars), whose dry comedy and factoids kept the audience entertained between performances.

Cokethorpe was pleased to welcome a trio of judges from different backgrounds who based their decision-making not only on the quality of performances, but also the collaboration, courage and inclusivity of the teams. Judging Drama was actor, writer, producer and co-founder of Flintlock Theatre Anna Glyn; Music was judged by David Smith, Head of Instrumental Studies at The Dragon School, while both Music and Drama were also assessed by Old Cokethorpian, Myles Osborn-Banton, a Goldsmiths alumnus and current student at Mountview Theatre of Arts.

Highlights of the competition included a comedy routine from Vanbrugh House that was based on tips for a first date, which had the audience laughing out loud and set the standard for others to follow. In the Drama Ensemble category, Swift delivered a very modern interpretation of Oliver Twist. In the House Song category, Harcourt House produced a very polished performance of Fat Sam’s Grand Slam from Bugsy Malone while Feilden House sang a stirring rendition of I Just Can’t Wait To Be King from The Lion King.

The award for outstanding contribution to Drama went to Ardan Devine (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne) for performance, adaptation, writing and directing of Queen Anne’s ensemble scene from Guys and Dolls. Outstanding contribution in Music went to Christian Ettinger (Upper Sixth, Harcourt) for his role in Harcourt’s music ensemble performance – a Michael Jackson medley. The winning House for Music by quite a margin was Harcourt House, with Vanbrugh House taking victory in Drama.

 

Drama Results:

1st – Vanbrugh
2nd – Harcourt
3rd – Queen Anne
4th – Gascoigne
5th – Feilden
6th – Swift

 

Music results:

1st – Harcourt
=2nd – Gascoigne
=2nd – Queen Anne
4th – Feilden
5th – Vanbrugh
6th – Swift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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