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Spanish lessons with a difference

OLE! pupils from a Sunderland school got a taste of the Spanish stage after visiting actors gave a performance to remember.
Sandhill View School looked more like Seville when youngsters were treated to circus show, Circo Rimbombanti, which is acted out completely in Spanish.
Drama and Spanish pupil Daniel Took, 15, of Millfield, said: I really enjoyed it. They help with your acting skills, but they incorporate great special effects. They also teach you to speak fluently and with an accent.
The play follows life in a circus and traces the fortunes of Merode, a 15-year-old orphan trapped by her uncle who owns the circus. It shows the efforts of her and her loyal friend, Fefo the cleaner, who work together to help her to escape.
Eve Wilderspin, 14 , of Pancras Road, Plains Farm, said: Fefo was my favourite. He made everything funny and his facial expressions were really good.
The show was presented by the Firewalk Theatre Company from Zaragoza and it is the second time they have been to the school, which was recently awarded performing arts college status.
Last year they performed a Spanish version of the hit horror, Frankenstein.
Spanish teacher Hilary Akien, said: It is a great way to bring Spanish into the classroom and it shows how performing arts can be used for learning.
All pupils enjoyed the play and it proved that Spanish is an exciting language that people use to communicate.
The Thorney Close school is now hoping to organise another play to be performed next year.
Any schools wanting to take part should contact Hilary, tel. 553 6060.
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Sunderland Echo

 

 

CIRCUS SPECTACULAR

More than a hundred students of Spanish on the A level programme ended last term on a high with a circus performance in Spanish. Firewalk Theatre Company, based in Zaragoza, Spain performed at the Langdale Road Arts Centre as the final date of a five week UK tour.
As promised, students were entertained with a spectacular performance that included juggling, knife throwing, a unicyclist and even sawing the glamorous assistant in half!
However, there was also a serious thread running through this tale of morals as the tyrannical circus owner was left alone and bankrupt when the curtain came down.
Despite their initial apprehension, students were delighted at the end of the performance at how much they had understood of the show performed entirely in Spanish.
We hope to secure a performance by the company when they tour next year, when we intend to open the event to a selection of partner high schools.

Staff Update, Runshaw Further Education College

 

 

SPECIAL SHOW DAZZLES CROWD

A special show with an international flavour dazzled the crowds in Leyland.
International theatre company Firewalk visited Runshaw College to showcase its latest production performed entirely in Spanish.
Firewalk was formed 10 years ago and is based in Zaragoza, in the North East of Spain.
A-level students at the Langdale Road college were treated to a preview of Rimbombanti Circus, which tells the tale of an ageing tyrant ringmaster who is trying to halt the decline of his circus.
The show featured appearances from classic circus performers including, jugglers, acrobats, magicians and knife throwers.

Chorley & Leyland Guardian, 12/04/06

 

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