Theatre and Drama are well represented in Sligo Grammar School. TY students have a weekly class in Drama and one in Musical Theatre. The drama students often have workshops either in the school or in the local theatre the Hawks Well.
Theatre Nights is an initiative set up and run by Ms Hynes and Ms McGlone. The Hawks Well theatre has come on board and offers the students cheap tickets for professional shows. (typically €5 each, or very occasionally €8 or€10). The students get an opportunity to go to “grown-up” theatre and socialise with adults – no eating crisps and sweets, whispering to friends, or on the phone! Theatre Nights are open to all students.
As well as Theatre Nights, the students go to see plays that are on their English course. Sometimes this means travelling to Dublin or Castlebar to see live streaming of plays from London.
Sligo Grammar School has been producing school shows for many years. Until 2009 the school produced full length plays in the main. However for the last number of years we have been producing musicals. This is an opportunity for 4th and 5th year students to take to the boards and one not to be missed. We forget all the English, Irish and maths we learn but the school show lives on forever!!!
Next Year we will be producing the much-loved musical “The Little Shop of Horrors”. TY and 3rd year students have had short workshops to whet their appetite and we hope they all come aboard in September.
Last years musical was ‘Hairspray!’ and was performed in the school gym on November 25th – 27th 2015. It was a massive success due in no small part to the absolute dedication and hard work of the students. As ever the students were responsible for all aspects of the production from designing the programme to stage-managing the show. Thanks to the teachers who worked so hard to make it a success, whether it was playing music or selling tickets. It was a group effort and couldn’t have been done without you all.
Here is a slideshow of some of the photos taken. You can see more on our Facebook page.
2013’s show was ‘Guys and Dolls’ which was performed at the end of November in the Hawks Well Theatre. Here are some photos taken in the Hawks Well.
2011’s musical, was the school’s production of Calamity Jane. Fourth and Fifth year students took to the Hawk’s Well Theatre stage on the the 22nd to the 25th of November 2011, and presented a fabulous show. Have a look at this short slideshow.
Our very first musical was West Side Story, and here are some photos from that show.
Again this year students were given the opportunity to go to different professional productions at the Hawk’s Well Theatre. Tickets were offered to students at the amazing price of €5. Students have seen a wide variety of plays to date, from one-man shows to Iconic Irish plays. Students were accompanied to the Theatre by various teachers on the Theatre Nights. As well as being an enjoyable night out, it was very beneficial to their English Studies.