Performing Arts

Dance 2018 – The Evolution

Talented performers from Cheshire College – South & West are set to light up the stage this month in Dance 2018 – The Evolution.

Taking place at the College’s Crewe campus, the show will include all styles of dance and demonstrate how dance and society has evolved over the decades.

Laura Scragg, Cheshire College – South & West Performing Arts Tutor, commented: “Dance is a powerful art form through which people have expressed themselves for hundreds of years.

“From the music to the culture and all the history behind it, dance has been an evolution. The movement has changed tremendously, so it’s been really exciting to work on such a variety of styles and bring these to life within this performance.

“We have been working on the show since October last year so we can’t wait to get on stage and perform to fellow students, tutors, members of the public and schools.”

The show will star 39 performers who are studying various courses including Level 3 Extended Diploma BTEC Dance, Level 2 Certificate BTEC Dance, Subsidiary Diploma Dance and Level 2 Performing Arts, and have been involved in several aspects of the show.

Dance 2018 – The Evolution has been choreographed by many of the students, along with teachers and guest lecturers. It comprises numerous dance styles including ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, street, jive and musical theatre.

Laura went on to say: “I am incredibly proud of the show and all the students involved. It has been a joy to work on and everyone has put in so much hard work to get it to this stage. We hope our guests enjoy the performance now – get your tickets quick if you haven’t done so already.”

Tickets are still available for Dance 2018 – The Evolution, which will be held at the College’s Crewe campus on Wednesday 31 January at 7pm, with a further two performances to take place on Thursday 1 February at 1pm and 7pm.


College puts on sell out performances

Talented Performing Arts students at Cheshire College – South & West finished 2017 on a high with two sell out Christmas performances.

The productions, which included ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the College’s Crewe campus, as well as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ performed at the College’s Ellesmere Port Campus welcomed students, staff, friends and family and the public.

Paul Moss, Performing Arts Team Leader, said: “The idea of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ came to us over a year ago and we worked on developing this into a winning performance ever since.

“We really wanted to stay true to the story, so we used the actual film script as the foundation of the show, adding to it along the way. We originally created more scenes than time permitted, however we were really pleased with the final edit and really proud of all the students involved in bringing it to life.

“We decided to use music from the 40s and 50s to tie in with the show and soon realised that this was meant to be performed as a musical as opposed to a play. I think this is why the performance was so well received.”

Over 55 Performing Arts students took part in the Christmas shows, along with 20 Technical Theatre students who made the set and props for the show, as well as operating sound and lighting.

Success was evident with a sell-out of tickets early on and feedback from guests including, “We thought it was amazing well done to everyone” and “An absolutely fantastic show, congratulations to you all. You were all incredible”.

Cheshire College – South & West will be hosting more exciting events throughout the year including open days, sport fixtures, award ceremonies, community days, art exhibitions and musical performances, open to students, staff, alumni and the public.

The first Open Event of 2018 will take place later this month on the 29th January from 5.30pm to 8.00pm to welcome prospective students and their parents/guardians to meet the College’s staff and to gain a tour of the College’s outstanding facilities, many of which are new and improved.

The Open Evening will be taking place across all three campuses Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester, enabling students to meet with the careers team for guidance and advice, as well as being able to trial the facilities, and find out more about the College’s working links with local, national and international employers.