This year, Crampton Hall was transformed into Rydell High School, as a cast of around fifty students took to the stage to put on an electrifyin’ performance of one of the best-known musicals of all time, Grease.
Based on the book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease is a rock’n’roll celebration of the trials and tribulations of teenage life in 1950’s America. It follows the story of leather clad heartthrob, Danny Zuko, and good-natured Sandy, who, after a whirlwind holiday romance, are unexpectedly reunited at Rydell High School.
Pupils from Years 7 to 13 put in months of hard work and dedication, both on stage and behind the scenes, and it certainly paid off. From the minute the curtain came up, the audience was hopelessly devoted to this high energy performance, complete with its expertly choreographed dance routines, hugely popular songs and elaborate set design. In fact, the attention to detail was so elaborate that it included a 1955 split-screen Morris Minor, painstakingly converted into ‘Greased Lightnin’, a 1950’s hotrod, by Mr Bromley, Head of Economics and Business Studies at Windermere School.
Director and Head of Performing Arts, Rebecca Hurstwaite, says; “What an amazing experience for our students to be able to work with a professional choreographer – we thank him for all his amazing routines and for squeezing us into his busy schedule.”
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.