All eyes were on the stage last week as the BMS production of Thoroughly Modern Millie started – and finished – its three night run. It certainly didn’t disappoint with a cast of some 70 students from Years 7 to 10 and a wealth of talent on display!
There is a good deal of research about the positive influences of drama, theatre and the performance arts on young people. The benefits; physical, emotional and social, are enormous and can enhance a student’s self-confidence, imagination, sense of co-operation and communication as well as improving concentration. It has also been shown to provide a positive and important emotional outlet for some and a way to relax for others. It was quite clear to see from the performance I saw on Friday evening that it is also requires considerable energy and co-ordination.
It is always tremendous to see our younger students take to the Senior School stage for the first time and a real privilege to see them progress in the months and years that follow as they develop their skills whether that be on the stage, in the orchestra or as part of the wider support crew. Huge congratulations to everyone involved. It was thoroughly marvellous, thoroughly entertaining and thoroughly (Bedford) modern! Bravo!
Finally, and on a completely different subject, if you don’t already follow BMS on Facebook, I would urge you to have a quick look at a post from last week which shows some historic footage of Her Majesty the Queen planting a commemorative oak tree to mark the opening of the new Manton Lane site in 1976. It is a tremendous example of the wealth of information we have stored in the School Archive and which we intend to share more frequently. Suffice to say that both the tree and the school site have since grown significantly since!