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In the spotlight: music and drama
Oasis Academy Brightstowe

The performing arts have always played a central role in the lives of students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe and this year is certainly no exception. 

One recent development has been the arrival of Phoebe van der Westhuizen as our new Subject Lead, Music.

A classically trained pianist and bassoonist, Miss van der Westhuizen is really making her mark here at the academy.

She has already launched a “Brightstowe Big Band” which meets after school on Mondays, and which is currently practising for a performance of Keith Strachan’s “The Zoo Ball” at this year’s summer showcase.

Miss van der Westhuizen has also formed a student choir which meet on Tuesdays and in the longer term, hopes to launch an academy samba band.

Meanwhile Lucy Grist, Subject Lead, Drama, is immersed in rehearsals for our annual production, alongside English teacher Katie Harris.

Following last year’s superb adaptation of famous musical “The Little Shop of Horrors”, this year’s show is a non-musical - an adaptation of Judy Corbalis’s award-winning book “The Wrestling Princess and Other Stories.”

Featuring several stories about independent, strong-willed and adventurous girls and women, the book also features stories about adventurous boys, with many varied story elements, including a mechanical parrot that comes to life and eats bicycles, a talking elephant that goes to the beach for ice cream, a princess who drives polka dot forklift trucks, a dragon, an enchanted toad, and a scary monster who just wants a friend!

This year the show will performed on six separate occasions, as several local schools are being invited to see it at three matinee performances, in addition to our three evening performances on Tuesday 27 February, Wednesday 28 February, and Thursday 1 March.

Tickets for the performance can be purchased, here

Lucy Grist (centre) with performers during a dress rehearsal for OAB's annual performance of 'The Princess, The Monster and The Dragon'