LAMDA

Merits for Primary Age Classes

Phoenix were awarded 2 merits and 2 distinctions by LAMDA for our 4 Musical Theatre group exams that took place recently.

The year 1 to 4 class received a merit for their excerpt from the musical Annie. In her report the LAMDA examiner stated “The piece opened with energy and a real sense of purpose which swiftly established the mood and situation. The group were focused and involved and each individual character emerged clearly.” The group’s final score was 78/100, just 2 marks away from a distinction.

The year 5 and 6 class received a mark of 77/100 which also resulted in a merit for their excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The examiner stated “Each character was conveyed with a pleasing understanding and an effective use of movement and body language. Eyes and faces were particularly effective.”

The year 7 to 9 class excelled with a distinction for their short version of the Madness musical Our House (pictured left), gaining a final score of 84/100. The class were, according to the LAMDA examiner, “A well disciplined and focused group who all contributed throughout the presentation to ensure the story was communicated.”

Phoenix student Jake Poolman also took a Musical Theatre solo exam (Grade 4) on the day and was also awarded a distinction with a mark of 80/100. His report stated, “Your vocal control was evident and you sustained your voice through to the ends of phrases with confidence.”

However the LAMDA examiner saved her greatest praise for the Year 10+ class and their presentation of scenes from West Side Story (pictured right), which received a distinction with an extremely high final mark of 90/100. The feedback report stated, “Each member of this highly polished and disciplined ensemble demonstrated immense focus and involvement. Voices were supported by confident breath control even during energetic dance sequences. This was a confident and assured performance from a well prepared and disciplined ensemble who shared their responsibilities as a dynamic team.”

A huge well done goes out to all our Musical Theatre students as well as to Debbie Hannam, Phoenix musical theatre tutor, who worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to ensure we were ready in time. Certificates will be issued in class over the coming weeks and pictured from the day can be seen on our Facebook page.

The Wait Is On For Final Results

Students from all 4 Phoenix Musical Theatre classes presented performances to an external examiner from LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) in the hope of gaining high marks for their group examinations. The 4 performances were those that were recently presented at The Phoenix Musical Theatre and Dance showcase at The Playhouse in March. Year 1 to 4 (pictured left) presented excerpts from Annie whilst the year 5 and 6 students performed excerpts from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. The Intermediate class performed songs from the Madness themed Musical Our House whilst the presentations were rounded off with a cut down version of West Side Story by the Senior Class.

Although we now have to wait for a few weeks for the final results, the examiner from LAMDA said she had witnessed one of the most entertaining mornings for a long while, stating that she would be willing to pay good money to see the Senior class perform the whole of West Side Story! The standard needs to be high if we are to maintain our LAMDA Musial Theatre record as last year every class received a distinction! We’ll let you know the results right here as soon as we get them and in the meantime a great selection of pictures from the day can be found on our Facebook page.

Phoenix LAMDA success continues

The Primary Drama section of the school received much praise from the external LAMDA examiner when she visited the school on Saturday 9th July. We had to wait a number of weeks to confirm that it wasn’t just flattery, but now we know that all classes passed with either a Merit or the top mark of Distinction. This is a fitting end to a fantastic term of work in Primary Drama and much praise must go to tutors Sophie Barker and Faye Linden for their hard work and commitment. It is also great news that all Primary Year 6 students received a Distinction, which is a fitting end to their time in Primary Drama before they move up to the Senior section of the school and into Principal Phil Dale’s Year 7 to 9 classes. The full results are as follows:

All classes were taking the Group Devising LAMDA exams

Year 1 & 2            Grade 1                                The Surprise Holiday                       73%        Pass with Merit

Year 1 & 2            Grade 1                                Bossy Bethany Comes to Stay    65%        Pass with Merit

Year 3 & 4            Grade 2                                Crashed the Wedding                    74%        Pass with Merit

Year 3 & 4            Grade 2                                Poppy’s Party                                    76%        Pass with Merit

Year 3 & 4            Grade 2                                Embarrassing Episodes                  80%        Pass with Distinction

Year 5 & 6            Grade 3                                Junior Apprentice                            85%        Pass with Distinction

Year 5 & 6            Grade 3                                Sibling Rivalry                                     85%        Pass with Distinction

Year 5 & 6            Grade 3                                Sports Day                                          80%        Pass with Distinction

Year 5 & 6            Grade 3                                The Science Competition              82%        Pass with Distinction

Jake Poolman    Level  1                                 Acting Solo                                          84%        Pass with Distinction

Our picture shows students from the Year 1 & 2 class who performed ‘The Surprise Holiday’. More pictures from the day can be found on the Phoenix Facebook page

More LAMDA success for Phoenix

 

All 5 Musical Theatre classes passed their first ever LAMDA exams with Distinction maintaining the schools fantastic record sine we started the annual examinations last year. This was the first year that Musical Theatre had been entered for the examinations so there were understandable nerves before. However, it all proved worthwhile when all 5 groups were marked above 80%, the minimum required score for the top level of Distinction. Heading the list were the second senior Musical Theatre Year 9+ group, who received the outstanding mark of 93% for their Grade 6 presentation of excerpts from Jesus Christ Superstar (Pictured). The full results are as follows:

Year 1 to 4                           Munchkin Land                 84%        Pass with Distinction       Grade 1

Year 5 & 6                            Peter Pan                            86%        Pass with Distinction       Grade 2

Year 7 & 8                            13 The Musical                  83%        Pass with Distinction       Grade 4

Year 9+ (Group 1)            Avenue Q                            80%        Pass with Distinction       Grade 5

Year 9+ (Group 2)            Jesus Christ Superstar    93%        Pass with Distinction       Grade 6

Phoenix says a huge well done to Music al Theatre Tutor Debbie Hannam and all her students. More pictures from the examination day can be found on the Phoenix Facebook page.

Phoenix sweeps the board for second year running.

All Phoenix Senior Drama students who took part in the recent group LAMDA exams have passed with Distinction, the highest mark possible. The result means that for 2 years running the school has received a 100% Distinction rate for all students in year 7 and above. To put it simply, it is impossible to be any better than that. Our Picture shows students from the Year 7 to 9 Class just before they received their Distinction for their self-devised piece ‘The Historical Rollercoaster’. The full details of this remarkable result are as follows:

Group Devising Drama Results

Year 7 to 9           Grade 4                                The Party                                              85%        Pass with Distinction

Year 7 to 9           Grade 4                                We’re Students, Get us Out..          86%        Pass with Distinction

Year 7 to 9           Grade 4                                The Historical Rollercoaster         82%        Pass with Distinction

Year 10+               Grade 5                                Goodbye Again                                   89%        Pass with Distinction

Year 10+               Grade 5                                To Break the Silence                         90%        Pass with Distinction

Group Acting Results

Year 7 to 9           Grade 5                                Find Me                                                90%        Pass with Distinction

Year 7 to 9           Grade 5                                School Journey to The Centre..  90%        Pass with Distinction

Year 7 to 9           Grade 5                                Burying you Brother in the..        92%        Pass with Distinction

Year 10+               Grade 7                                The Last Days of Judas (Gp 1)     91%        Pass with Distinction

Year 10+               Grade 7                                The Last Days of Judas (Gp 2)     91%        Pass with Distinction

Year 10+               Grade 7                                The Last Days of Judas (Gp 3)     92%        Pass with Distinction

Huge congratulations go to Head of Acting Jeanne Stacey for all her hard work with the Year 10+ class and to Principal Phil Dale for his work with the Year 7 to 9 students. Phil would also like to thank Year 10+ students Tom Brace and Conor O’Sullivan who worked with the Year 7 to 9 students on their examination pieces.

More pictures can be found on the Phoenix Facebook page