Birmingham Ormiston Academy gives the gift of theatre this Christmas
Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) has announced that an exclusive recording of The Snow Queen, first performed at The Old Rep in December 2019, will be made available to school children across the region this Christmas.
An exclusive recording of Birmingham Ormiston Academy’s The Snow Queen production will be shared with local school children this Christmas
First performed at The Old Rep theatre in December 2019, the special recording will be made available to primary and secondary schools across the West Midlands
The show was produced, performed and filmed by young students at BOA, sister academy to BOA Stage & Screen which is now open for applications
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, the show was produced, performed and filmed by talented young students at BOA alongside leading industry professionals.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic causing many theatres to close their doors this winter, an exclusive recording of the show will now be shared with local primary and secondary schools.
The recording will be available to view from Tuesday 1 December, so pupils across the region can be united in experiencing the fun and festivity of a Christmas theatre production.
Gaynor Cheshire, CEO of the BOA Group, comments: “We’re delighted that young people at schools across the region have the opportunity to enjoy this exclusive recording of The Snow Queen. We know that Christmas will feel a little different this year but we’re so excited to bring people together to watch a traditional Christmas production - it’s what makes this time of year so special! This film truly captures the magic of live theatre and we can’t wait to bring a little theatrical sparkle into the classroom.”
BOA is part of the BOA Group and a sister school to BOA Stage & Screen, a brand-new academy opening in September 2021. Located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, BOA Stage & Screen will be a state-funded academy for 16-19 year olds specialising in technical theatre, film and broadcast production.
Gaynor Cheshire continues: “The Snow Queen production is a fantastic insight into the unique experience that BOA students can enjoy and what future pupils at BOA Stage & Screen can look forward to. We pride ourselves on giving talented young people an exceptional education as well as exciting opportunities to gain real-life, on-the-ground industry experience. It’s never been more important to invest in the next generation of creative talent and The Snow Queen is a wonderful example of what our gifted students can achieve.”
Gary Stevens, General Manager and Operations Director at The Old Rep, comments: “We were thrilled to work with students at BOA on this production of The Snow Queen. Our mission is to engage, educate and entertain the next generation of artists and theatre lovers and it’s so rewarding to work with up-and-coming talent - both on the stage and behind-the-scenes. Our doors may currently be closed, but it’s fantastic to see that the skill, passion and enthusiasm of young creative talent is still very much on show.”
The recording will be provided to primary and secondary schools free of charge, and will also be available for families to view at home. Participating schools are being asked to share photos of their special ‘Snow Queen Screenings’ on social media using the hashtag #SnowQueenChristmas.
BOA wins national awards for academic performance. In the top 10% of schools nationally.
BOA has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2018. Based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, BOA was found to be one of the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving two awards for attainment and progress.
We already knew we were in the top 5% of Birmingham schools with only academically selective grammar schools achieving higher exam results, but to be in the top 10% of all schools nationally is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all staff.
BOA has also been invited to be a “Leading Edge” school, a national network exclusively for higher performing schools.
A big well done and thank you to students, parents, staff and governors.
2020 - BOA Film Fest -
Broadcast and CDMP presents an industry focused dive into film and tv content produced by this years cohorts including short films, music videos, advertisements, and live TV. Interviews and behind the scenes packages gave an inside look into the collaborative work done on set.
Pinocchio- winter show at the Old Rep Theatre which ran throughout all December in 2016.
"There are lots of comedic and musical moments in this fun and easy going tale, Daisy Ann Fletcher almost steals the show in her disguises as the fairy but the other actors give her a run for her money. Holly Sayer’s movements as a wooden puppet are precise creative. The cast is rounded out by students from Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) and it is great to see own grown talent being displayed on stage. The script is full of self aware moments; including a song about changing the theatre set. There were a couple of extra chances to get the audience to shout things out that perhaps could be picked up on in future shows." - Dave Massey - brumhumor.wordpress.com
BOA Goes to Hollywood -
Broadcast presents a Children in Need musical contest. BOA Heads of House perform a series of Hollywood inspired numbers along with musicians from the Music pathway and dancers from the Dance pathway. Whilst Mr Underwood was crowned winner with his performance as Freddy Mercury, BOA raised over £800 for Children in Need.
Alice in Wonderland - winter show at the Old Rep Theatre which ran throughout all December in 2017.
"This is a particularly good version of a great story and I really did love it. The songs are upbeat and jolly. The characters are fantastically entertaining and with laughs aplenty, this is a great family favourite that the entire family can enjoy. With some awesome special effects, when Alice shrinks or is falling down the rabbit hole it’s all very theatrical but nonetheless convincing." - Julie Wallis (brumhour.wordpress.com)
Year 11 BTEC Acting presented this fascinating play by Mark Wheeller, in a production designed by our Technical Theatre Arts pathway. As with much of Wheeller’s work, this production is made even more impactful because of the verbatim text used as a basis for character dialogue. The plot focuses on a young boy’s final days prior to his death due to taking drugs at a party. The production was staged in-the-round and saw incredibly mature performances from our students, tackling some extremely harrowing and moving scenes.