Monthly Archives - February 2022

Beauty and The Beast Performance from Students

From 16th-18th February, over 80 Painsley Catholic College created the enchanted world of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the well loved fairytale which tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

The high-selling production at Painsley was created by the team of students from age 11 to 18, who were not only performers, but stage managers and technicians too. The musical was a complete team effort being lead by Miss Chloe Hickey, Drama Subject Lead at Painsley. Miss Hickey was assisted by 4 student directors and a student choreographer, all in Y13 at Painsley Sixth Form who helped to direct and choreograph the performance, and with vocal coaching by Mrs April Reardon-Davies. Senior students were also involved in the creation of the set and props design.

There was superb musical direction from the Head of Music, Miss H Bennett, who ensured not only that the pit band sounded wonderful, but gelled the cast and band together seamlessly.

"The musical was a wonderful opportunity to allow students to enhance their performance skills within a ‘professional’ context, working with peers they may not have known otherwise. Taking part in a full scale musical, whether as a performer or backstage, is something that every student should be proud of." said Miss Chloe Hickey.

With huge numbers such as ‘Be Our Guest’ and ‘Gaston’ the cast excelled in all areas, giving an outstanding performance on all nights with fantastic choreography and singing. The students hard work in the months leading up to the musical was extremely evident, with advanced choreography and superb vocals. The lead cast members gave an outstanding performance, retelling the classic musical with huge amounts of passion and talent. Definitely young people to keep an eye out for in the years to come!

One audience member commented: "it was absolutely amazing, everyone must be so so proud. I honestly had tears in my eyes watching, I really can not put into words what a fantastic performance Painsley put on this evening."

Another saying: "We all had a fantastic time.  Everyone's gaze was glued to the stage (and to the band) throughout the performance.  It was so lovely to be able to join together as a wider community and enjoy some live entertainment with a shared enthusiasm."

"Well done to all involved! We are already looking forward to  next years musical at Painsley Catholic College in February 2023!" added Miss Hickey.

NB Photo credits: Nick Barber 2022


Cross Country Stars for Painsley

Painsley Catholic College enjoyed some fantastic performances by some of its students at the County Cross-Country, ranging from Year 7 to Year 13.
The College had a handful of students qualify for the next stage, which is AMAZING.
Congratulations to the following student, who won their age group race with ease: Fynn Churton – Year 13, Nathaniel Rowe – Year 10 and Caitlin McCarney – Year 9!
Well done!

Blue Peter Trip Makes Waves for St Austin’s

Twenty-Six Year 4 children from St Austin’s Catholic Primary School, Stafford, had their big break into TV last week. The children were invited to the Peter Studios, Media City, Manchester, to take part in a live show and to be part of the studio audience. The children were at the studio for four hours, allowing them to take part in the dress rehearsal and then have a quick break before the live show.  After meeting the presenters and crew the children also got the chance to ask them lots of questions about working in TV and filming Blue Peter, as well as meeting Henry- the Blue Peter dog. “The children loved seeing the studios, cameras, lights and how everything comes together for a live show,” commented Miss Vaz, who accompanied the children. During the show the children appeared on the screen lots, cheering enthusiastically and doing countdowns as well as dancing and clapping as the live band performed. At the end of the day, they were all presented with Blue Peter badges which will allow them free entry to lots of UK attractions. Mary Alcock (age 9) said, “My favourite part was stroking Henry the dog!” Finley Docksey (age 8), “Being on Blue Peter made me feel excited and I can’t wait to go to places using my Blue Peter badge.” “The whole day was really exciting and I loved meeting all the amazing presenters," said Isla Redwood-Sayce  (age 9).