School of Performing Arts Trips

Move it! | Excel, London

Over 24,500 dancers – three days – performances, classes, career advice, celebrities, interviews and shopping! MOVE IT is your chance to celebrate all forms of dance and the performing arts. Watch breathtaking Main Stage performances, take part in dance classes, discover dance career opportunities in the MOVE IT PRO series, brush up on your acting and vocal skills in performing arts workshops and shop for all your dancewear needs. No matter what level you are – there is something for everyone and a glorious celebration of all things dance and performing arts at MOVE IT.

Cat in the Hat (play version) | Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

From the producers of The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine, comes this fantastic production of Dr. Seuss’ classic The Cat in the Hat. When The Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way? With original songs and spectacular circus elements, this Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production of The Cat in the Hat will be the perfect treat.

Woman in Black (Show and Workshop) | London's Fortune Theatre

As the second longest running play in the West End, The Woman in Black is sure to petrify audiences from beginning to end. With its unique use of illusion and the suspense of controlled horror, The Woman in Black is a highly memorable theatrical treat. This West End classic has been watched from behind the hands of over seven million theatregoers on the claustrophobic stage of the Fortune Theatre. The story holds the advantage of a timeless original story that, although written in 1983, still holds the ability to shock and frighten a modern audience. Its use of only two actors and the overall simplicity of its presentation, harks back to its humble stage origins, while also having the effect of building a tension that will chill audiences to the bone. However, the fun doesn’t stop there we have also arranged a Woman in Black workshop!! Brand new GCSE and A-Level workshops for The Woman in Black Led by theatre professionals, this new workshop will take students into the Fortune Theatre and onto the actual set to explore and experience what makes this ghostly tale one of the most successful West End shows ever. Designed with the GCSE and A-Level Theatre and English syllabuses in mind they will maximise students’ experience of watching The Woman In Black through practical examination and investigation of the play’s core themes. Students will examine the mechanics that make the play such an effective piece of theatre: how The Woman In Black creates tension; sharpening students’ literary and drama analysis skills; identifying how the production engages to make an audience feel unnerved. Playing with imaginative and resourceful storytelling techniques, students will explore how the performers work with text, set, and each other to tell a story. Above all, these workshops will encourage students to participate, be brave and creative and in so doing build confidence in their own ideas

The Importance of Being Ernest | The Wycombe Swan

The Importance of Being Earnest is known to elegantly lampoon the hypocrisies of a Victorian society and opens as two bachelors, the dependable John Worthing, J.P. and upper class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, feel compelled to create different identities in order to pursue two eligible ladies Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax. The hilarious misadventures which result from their subterfuge; their brushes with the redoubtable Lady Bracknell and the uptight Miss Prism result in a plot that twists and fizzles with some of the finest dialogue to be found in theatre Playing at The Wycombe Swan Theatre I have secured 12 seats at a discount rate of £23 each Requests will be on a first come first served basis and payment must be made by Oct 5 !! Not long to sign up. Pupils who wish to see the performance will meet at the Theatre’s main entrance Sat promptly at 2:00pm. Once signed in, a staff member of LEAP will chaperone students until the drop off time – at the same place, (time to be confirmed). All pupils are to wear their LEAP uniforms and if permitted, may bring sufficient funds to purchase refreshments and/or programmes.

Oklahoma | The Wycombe Swan

As refreshing and thrilling as the day it was written, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! is the original feel-good musical. From the minute the rugged cowboy Curly steps on to the stage singing Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ we know that all will be right with the world. This colourful production overflows with well-known songs such as I’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No, Surrey With a Fringe on Top, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love and, of course, the rousing title song itself!

Celebrating the vigour of America’s pioneering spirit with classic tunes and boot-stomping dances, we follow Curly and the girl of his dreams, Laurey, as they travel down love’s highway on an extremely bumpy surrey ride. From the award-winning producers of The King & I and Fiddler on the Roof this brand new production starring Belinda Lang as Aunt Eller and Gary Wilmot as Ali Hakim is directed by Rachel Kavanaugh. It features a large cast and chorus as well as a live orchestra, bringing you romance, excitement and a score filled with sunshine.

Anything Goes | The Wycombe Swan

This brand new production of Cole Porter’s classic, multi-award winning musical-comedy, Anything Goes transports you to the magical age of tap dancing and high society.

When Billy Crocker discovers that his heart’s desire, debutante heiress Hope Harcourt is engaged to an English aristocrat, he stows away aboard the S.S. American to win her back. Aided by a string of eccentric passengers on board the luxurious transatlantic liner, can this web of love be untangled before they reach Southampton? Featuring the rich sounds of a live orchestra and a sensational cast of 26, Cole Porter’s uplifting masterpiece of music and dance includes the magnificent songs I Get A Kick out of You, Friendship and Brush up your Shakespeare

Legally Blonde - Savoy Theatre 

For those of you that haven't seen the musical or the film, the storyline goes something like this; College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take 'no' for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone 'serious', Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School!

This musical is far better than the film and is full of fun, laughter, song and dance from the opening scene to the final one. This really is a 'feel-good' show. The humour is delivered with great timing which makes it still funny after five shows! The dance scenes are full of enthusiasm and passion.

It really is a fabulous musical and one that when we left the theatre at the end of the show, we all had smile on our face. Isn't that what it is all about?

Footloose - Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 

With a bang the show opened and the cast burst onto the stage to bring us a spectacular, high octane rendition of the title song Footloose. We were immediately drawn in to their incredible energy, powerful vocals and dazzling dance routines. Wow, what an opening! I don't think I've ever seen a show that has grabbed our attention so quickly and completely. This level of energy continues throughout the entire show and we marvelled at the fitness of the cast, wondering how many hours it must take to get to sleep after such an exhilarating performance?The show was brilliantly directed and choreographed by Olivier award winner Karen Bruce and there were some inspired and original dance moves, which the cast danced with precision and passion. The company routines were very tight and a joy to watch. We sang all the way home.

Georges Marvellous Medicine - Aylesbury Waterside Theatre  

George creates a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But, when she drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George's adventure has just begun!

This brand new adaptation of one ofRoald Dahl's funniest and most exciting is fizztickling fun and a wonderful bnight out for the Junior LEAP pupils - they loved it!

Woman In Black -  The Fortune Theatre

Senior Class Pupils Yr 8-11 and Senior Musical Theatre years 8-11 went to see the unanimously acclaimed The Woman in Black. This show combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It gives audiences an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.

The pupils also attended a Drama workshop exploring the art of storytelling and how a simple story can be transformed into a spine -chilling drama. Through writing, narration, physical images and soundscape, students will stage their own stories during the session as well as examine elements from the text.

This really is the most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter - it's really scary! What a great experience for all involved.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Aylesbury's new Waterside Theatre

Junior Class Pupils Yr 2 -3 and Junior Musical Theatre School year group 3 . Keith Jack, the hugely popular runner-up who finished just a hair's breadth behind winner Lee Mead in hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do, takes on the title role, having won the hearts of the nation with his sparkling charisma and sensational singing voice. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and One More Angel. Wow front row tickets a most enchanting trip out. Our thanks go to all our pupils for their mature behavior!

Oliver - The Theatre Royal, Dury Lane

A trip for Senior and Junior Class Pupils Yr 4-7 & Musical Theatre pupils who are in School Year groups 4-7. Now in its second record-breaking year, Oliver! is one of the most beloved British musicals, vividly bringing to life Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of "the boy who asked for more". Russ Abbot, one of the most popular entertainers in Britain starts as Fagin alongside Kerry Ellis as Nancy and Steven Hartley as Bill Sikes. Russ is no stranger to Oliver! having played the role of Fagin at the Palladium, Theatre Royal and on tour! With a cast and orchestra of over 100, the sensational score is full of Lionel Bart's irresistible songs including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You've Got to Pick a Pocket.  What an amazing set! The Choreography was sensational! This is a fantastic show and thoroughly recommended to all!

Blood Brothers! - London's The Phoenix Theatre

An outing for all Senior Class Pupils (Yr 7-11 & Senior Musical Theatre). How we laughed and cried as we followed Willy Russell's story of two scouse brothers separated at birth and flung to opposite ends of the social spectrum. But their paths are destined to cross again in both friendship and anger, with tragic consequences. This was truly a dramatic performance loved by all who came along.

WICKED - London's Apollo Victoria Theatre

All Junior Class Pupils (Yr 2-6 & Musical Theatre) Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.  What a night and a pleasure to take to these children to London. The show was wonderful with a jolly coach ride home, singing all the show songs. Very recommended!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Oxford Theatre

An outing for all Senior and Junior Class Pupils. The most fantasmagorical stage musical in the history of everything, hits the road in top gear in a brand new high flying tour. 
With a cast orchestra and crew of 100 (including ten dogs), sensational sets and stunning special effects, this action-packed adventure is the story of the famous flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Despite all the snow this was a truly magical performance for all.

Beauty and The Beast - The Wycombe Swan

This was our first LEAP trip and a mixture of junior and senior students attended - and didn't we have fun! It was a terrific evening, everyone enjoyed the show and students were able to make connections between the performances and learning techniques in the following classes. Bring on the next trip!

Chicago - The Wycombe Swan

With 'All That Jazz' and 'Razzle Dazzle' to name just two wonderful numbers from the show, this was a thoroughly enjoyable trip for our seniors. It has been billed as sharp, slick and we were not disappointed!

WICKED - London's Apollo Victoria Theatre

Our senior students travelled to London for this trip - and wow was it worth it! An excellent cast delivered a brilliant performance. Our thanks go to all our students for their mature and dignified behavior! We will certainly be off to London again!

Annie - The Wycombe Swan

Another wonderful trip - this time for our junior students. It was fun, entertaining and rewarding for all those who attended!