Clarendon Sixth Form College News

It’s ‘happy days’ for performing arts students

Based on the 80’s television series and set in Milwaukee in 1959, ‘Happy Days’ follows the story of Arthur (Fonzie) Fonzarelli and his friends and their desperate plight to save Arnold’s Diner from being closed to make way for a mall.

Encompassing colour, energy, emotion, great vocals and perfect comedic timing into their performance, each and every student embraced their characters brilliantly and put on an incredibly entertaining show.

Their diversity, hard work and dedication was clear to see, not just from the performance, but also from the colourful costumes and stylish set, all designed and created by the students themselves.

The talent within the company is extremely high, with incredibly strong actors, vocalists and dancers alike. It was often quite easy to forget that you were watching a piece by 16-18 year olds.

Richard Goodwin, Curriculum Leader of Performing Arts, said: “It has been an absolute joy to see the hard work and dedication from the Performing Arts students. Each and every one of them has been involved in the show, whether it be on stage as performers, or coming in at 7.30am each morning to paint and decorate the set before their rehearsals begin.

Our Performing Arts ‘family’ is rapidly growing and the hard work, passion and commitment from the students has resulted in us gaining a fantastic reputation as the centre of excellence for performing arts. It has been great to see the students’ hard work rewarded by the close working links we have forged with world leading drama schools such as ArtsEd and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment of many hours by the team: Michael Eccles, Oleksandra Antonova and Alison Bates –we are very lucky to have such passionate and talented staff bringing their many years of industry experience into this educational setting.”

Higher Education Performing Arts Student Matthew Cocksey, who played Richie Cunningham, told us: “I’ve always wanted to perform in a full length musical, whilst playing a main character and Clarendon Sixth Form College has allowed me to do that. The course hasn’t just set me up for my chosen industry; it’s helped me to develop personally and professionally. The structure of lessons and rehearsals is realistic to the industry, to prepare us for what is to come.”

Fellow Higher Education Performing Arts Student, Jack Williams, who played ‘Fonzie’, said: “There’s been a massive growth in Clarendon Sixth Form College Performing Arts in my time here, particularly in terms of quality, attitude, discipline and rehearsal etiquette. I’m really proud to be a part of it and ‘Happy Days’ was my final performance before I go to university. It has been a great send-off.”

Lesley Davidson, mother of a performing arts studen Jack Davidson, said: "It was a lovely evening and and I was very impressed we were with the show. I thoroughly enjoyed the singing, acting and dancing- it was a lively, vibrant and entertaining performance. Congratulations to the students who have obviously worked extremely hard to produce a show of such a high standard."