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Musical Interlude #6 -Wednesday 10th February 2016 – Ballard School

February 10, 2016

Ballard goes ‘Back to the 80s’

The first week of February 2016 culminated with the three show performance of the musical ‘Back to the 80s’. So much has been said on Twitter about how ‘awesome’ the show was, we won’t repeat (much) here. Head of Music, Mrs Gray, thanks the whole team here:

The production team would like congratulate  the totally awesome and dedicated team of pupils involved in staging ‘Back to the 80’s. Whether on stage, backstage, front of house or in the Sound and Lighting Box, their commitment and professionalism shone through in 3 highly energetic performances. Special thanks also go to the Alumni involved, particularly Owain Nicholls who provided the fantastic artwork for the set and the team of staff involved in building the set and providing costumes, supervision and support.



Back to the 80s tickets for each performance

As you might have read on our Facebook page our Headmaster wrote a 16 verse poem for the end of the final performance. Here it is in full; thank you to Mr Reid for his creativity but we are surprised there is no mention of those light sabers!

1. For three nights in the year Ballard became cool:
It was transformed into William Ocean High School

2. Led by Miss Brannigan and Mr Stevie Cocker,
Our school became a musical rocker

3. We were reminded of Star Wars and Rubik’s cube
Teenage Ninja Turtles, the A-team and being a dude

4. Fergal appeared to be a geek – just a laugh
But in fact his CDs and computers were the future path

5. Michael Feldman made all the girls swoon
But what we’ll remember is how well he could croon

6. Corey was shy and alongside Michael merely zero
But it wasn’t too long before he became our hero

7. Corey would have been keen to have breakfast at Tiffany’s
And ‘walk 500 miles’ to reach his Epiphany

8. Sadly, ‘every breath he made and every step he took’
Did not ensure he was able to love by the book

9. We had love notes, parties and ‘dancing on the ceiling’
All of which contributing to a very happy feeling

10. Cindy, Kim and Mel were the wild girls
But eventually they ‘turned around’ and we did like their curls

11. The bad boys were Michael, Huey and Billy
Whose antics could be cruel and downright silly

12. Alf and Kirk, Corey’s mates were often on the run
Because they weren’t able to prove that girls ‘just want to have fun’

13. Debbie, Laura and Eileen were ‘walking on sunshine’
And eventually they made Ocean High just fine

14. This was a show with dance, choreography and acting, too,

And what of the music – may the tune be with you!

15. Mr P and his band were marvellously on show
How best to describe them – I don’t know

16. I will say that set, props, sound, hair, lighting and the rest
Could only be described in one way – simply the best

Alastair Reid, Headmaster


Our Senior Musical – Back to the 80s – had a three night run, ending on Friday 5th February. There have been lots of…

Posted by Ballard School on Monday, 8 February 2016

Tweet of the week

We have quite a few tweets around ‘Back to the 80s’ so we wanted to showcase a different side to our musical creation. In Music we start with our music production skills from Lower Prep (Years 3-5). In this case one of our Year 4 group are working on their own soundtracks. One of the things the pupils love to do is use the 1000s of sounds they can choose from to match with the video track they are creating their soundtrack for. We work at building their vocabulary, adjective choice and English skills when looking for the right sound. For example do I need a whizzing noise, a tremble or a shuffle?


We tweet @BallardPerform and for more information on our Performing Arts Centre do look on our website.


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