Our most favourite thing, the thing that makes Stage Invaders so worthwhile, is seeing our shows come to life. After all, why write a musical unless you want it to light up a stage?
The first school to perform one of our shows was Moorside Junior School in Ripon, and we're proud to say they loved every minute of it. So much so in fact that the school's Headteacher, Louise White, has provided us with a wonderful testimonial which we'd like to share with you.
When we were approached by James at Stage Invaders with the offer of having a play written for our school we jumped at the chance. After all, how many schools get to work directly with a writer and musician to create something unique to them?
The play we performed was Our City Has a Monster.
During the year we had been studying Wolf Brother with the Year 6 students, and so the story of the play (which includes themes around environment and nature) perfectly complimented what the children had been learning.
What struck us immediately upon starting rehearsals was its uniqueness. Not just in terms of the story, but because the music sounded like something you would hear on the radio. These were proper songs, and we could see how much this excited our young performers.
The script itself was also different in that it didn’t talk down to the children. Instead the dialogue sounded as if it had been written by someone who truly understands what makes children tick (and what makes them laugh…a lot). Once we introduced the play to the Year 6 pupils they were clamouring to be part of it. There were children who had never been part of one of our school productions before, coming forward to be in this. It was great to see.
I can’t thank James and all at Stage Invaders enough for allowing us to be the first school to perform one of their productions, and I know that any other school who follows us will be blown away by the quality of the shows, as well as how they impact the children taking part.
It just goes to show that we don’t have to settle for lacklustre productions which ‘tick the box’ of putting on a show rather than truly inspiring and exciting everyone. I can’t wait to put on another Stage Invaders production at Moorside Junior School, and I hope children across the country get to share in a similar experience.
Headteacher – Moorside Junior and Infant Schools