THE FUN WAY TO BE CREATIVE AND CONFIDENT
THE PERFORMING ARTS
The SIS Arts department is motivated by the belief that individual creativity is a central, vital and essential part of educating the whole person. To this end, we embrace enthusiasm and excellence, independent thinking and inclusive participation in the wide variety of creative activities both within the curriculum and through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
The Department produces an eclectic range of performances, exhibitions and presentations ranging from full-scale musicals to recitals and from film making to graphic design. SIS has gained a reputation for producing high quality and ambitious shows and over the last few years has presented musicals such as “Grease”, “ Oh What a Lovely War”, “ Guys and Dolls” and “ Seussical” as well as classic pieces of theatre including “One Man, Two Guvnors” , “Bouncers and Shakers”, “An Inspector Calls” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. In addition we hold an annual Diploma Theatre Festival often showcasing student’s original theatre works and MYP students regularly perform their curricular work publically. We are members of ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association) travelling across Europe to attend theatre workshops with other member schools and also perform locally at the Marbella Arts Festival.
There are also opportunities for students to take LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) examinations either individually or in groups.
Students interested in Visual Arts regularly exhibit their work within the school’s campus and at the annual Diploma Final Exhibition. We enjoy close ties with a local arts society and benefit from lectures given by visiting international experts. Students frequently enter the Young Artists Competition which is run locally and the Saatchi International Art Competition. An Enhanced Arts programme is offered extra to the curriculum where students can engage in some large scale projects or specialist workshops.
Art students also support the many productions through stage and costume design and construction and prop making and graphic design for publicity. Technically minded students can also get involved in sound and lighting.
Music plays a very full and dynamic role throughout the secondary school. In addition to the curriculum we have a large team of professional peripatetic teachers offering individual and group lessons whether it’s instrumental or voice. Students regularly perform their music; sometimes at large scale events and sometimes just jamming at lunchtimes in the school’s canteen. There are a number of bands and choirs and students also benefit from performances and master classes by visiting professional musicians.
Some of the most spectacular events on the school’s calendar are music-based especially the very popular rock concert “Sotorox”. We also stage “The Choir Tour” which performs at a number of local venues and on local radio and we offer a Residential Song writing Weekend which is hugely popular.
SIS is also a centre for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal school of Music) practical, theory and voice examinations.
ALL SINGIN’ ALL DANCIN’
WE MAKE AMAZING SHOWS
GUYS AND DOLLS
Guys and Dolls was a creative and colourful production that provided opportunities for many secondary stars. This story of gamblers, salvation army cadets and showgirls was a wonderful showcase of SIS talent. The catchy songs and glittering dances had the crowd singing and dancing along. This production featured students from the whole of secondary and provided a wonderful way for students to work together to meet a common goal.
“GREASE is the word!” The one true key to success of a school play is letting the students choose it. The students´ enthusiasm bubbled throughout the whole rehearsal process for this production and then exploded onto the stage with a breathtaking “Shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom”
There are countless memorable moments from this show. The T-birds shook the stage with their greased back hair, back-flip dance moves and cheeky one-liners, whilst the pink ladies oozed a style and sass that made everyone in the audience want to don a pink jacket. By the end of the show there was not a single person not on their feet dancing with the captivating and talented cast. A show that will resonate for many years to come.
In 2012, SIS presented Seussical, the musical based on the stories of the children´s author, Dr. Seuss. There were characters such as Cat in the Hat, an Elephant named Horton, dancing monkeys and a sour kangaroo. It included students from M1 to D2 and was a great success for the community. This was the first time that we performed in the San Roque Campus and the first time we invited the San Roque spanish schools to attend.
MIDSUMMER NIGHT DREAMS
In 2013, SIS tackled Shakespeare by producing Midsummer Night´s Dream. This was the first shakespearean secondary production and it was extremely well received by the community. The cast included the students from every year group in the secondary school and challenged student to take on very sophisticated roles. The nights of the performances were held in the black box at SIS and the audience truly was treated to a night inside a dream.