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Extra Curricular Production and Events Programme

We have a varied extra-curricular drama programme at Notre Dame School designed to develop our students’ individual talents and abilities.

The Christmas Musical is the school’s main production and is a full-scale large-cast musical performed in the Montaigne Theatre to a public audience, including a matinee to the Prep School. This is an auditioned production with a cast ranging from Year 13 to Year 8, with opportunities for technical operators, stage managers, wardrobe assistants, scenographic painters and prop-makers as well as a large cast of dancers, actors and singers.

The Lower School Play is rehearsed during the Spring Term and performed publically towards the end of the Summer Term. This is a chance for actors in Years 7 to 9 to take the leading roles in a show designed specifically to showcase their talents.

The Inter-House Drama Festival Competition is rehearsed in the Spring Term during the activities hour; where keen students in Years 7 to 10, led by Year 10 Drama GCSE student-directors, produce a half-hour play in their four house groups, to be performed to a school audience in May. The winning house play, judged by a guest adjudicator, is awarded the House Drama Cup.

Notre Dame’s Exposure Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the opportunity for our Sixth Form actors to perform for a week at Edinburgh’s exciting Fringe Festival and also take advantage of the huge variety of theatre, music, dance and comedy performances on offer during their stay.

LAMDA Private Drama Lessons are an extra-curricular activity for those students interested in performance, literature and public speaking who want to improve their knowledge and technique. LAMDA students explore vocal technique, characterisation, improvisational skills, mime and physical theatre, taking at least one graded examinations in Acting, Verse and Prose or Public Speaking throughout the year.