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IPS Cascais Students Wow Audiences after West End Workshops

IPS Cascais Students Wow Audiences after West End Workshops

Students at IPS Cascais were treated to an exhilarating theatrical experience as the school forged an exciting partnership with Arts International, bringing West-End stars Lucy May Barker and Tom Dickerson in to work with students from Year 2 to 9 over a two-week residency. This collaboration aimed to instil confidence, creativity, collaboration, and compassion among students through immersive arts education.

Lucy May Barker, renowned for her roles in iconic productions like "Mama Mia" and "Sweeny Todd," along with Tom Dickerson, a rising star in the theatre scene, led students through a whirlwind week of theatrical exploration. From Monday to Thursday of the first week, children from Year 2 to Year 5 participated in a "play-in-a-day" workshop, culminating in captivating performances featuring beloved songs from classic musicals. Lucy May described the experience as a real pleasure, explaining:

“IPS Cascais British International School is one of the most amazing schools we have had the pleasure of working with – we have really enjoyed the past two weeks.” - Lucy May Barker, Arts International

The energy and enthusiasm of the professional actors inspired students to embrace their inner performers, with many experiencing the joy of live theatre for the first time. Samuel, a Year 4 student, expressed his delight in being part of "Oliver," noting his favourite part as "the end" for its happy conclusion.

The following week, students in Years 6 to 8 paid tribute to Roald Dahl's "Matilda," guided by Adam Jacques, Musical Director of Arts International. The two-week residency brought the entire school community together, fostering collaboration and creativity across different age groups. The final performances on Friday showcased the students' talent and dedication, leaving audiences spellbound.

Executive Director of IPS Cascais British International School, Mr. Chris Starling, praised the transformative impact of the partnership, highlighting the students' remarkable growth and courage. Dr. Andrew Lee, CEO of Arts International, emphasised the broader goal of empowering students with essential life skills beyond the stage. 

"It was incredible to see so many children perform in front of a live audience over the two weeks that Arts International were working with us. This was definitely an experience that the children will remember for a long time. To see so many step out of their comfort zone and overcome any fears or doubts they may have had, it was truly impressive." - Mr. Chris Starling, IPS Executive Director

As the partnership between IPS Cascais and Arts International flourishes, along with sister schools Nobel Algarve British International School in Lagoa and Almancil, students like Eloise from Year 7 are left with lasting memories of an unforgettable experience. Eloise aptly described the occasion as "the best day of my entire life", encapsulating the spirit of creativity and joy that permeated the collaboration. Esther, also Year 7, added:

From building confidence to fostering compassion, the partnership between Globeducate Portugal and Arts International exemplifies the transformative power of arts education in shaping well-rounded individuals ready to thrive in an ever-changing world. 

"It was really cool. I learnt all about the 4Cs of Confidence, Creativity, Collaboration and Compassion" - Esther, Year 7