Stunning Black Box Performances to End Term

Stunning Black Box Performances to End Term

Just over a week ago, the Malton Academy of Performing Arts held its “Showcase 2024” in the Drama Studio with GCSE and A level Performing Arts students.  It was an extraordinary and highly professional end of year show which included dance, drama, music and song performed in a ‘black box’ within the Drama Studio.  (A ‘black box’ performance is one in which students perform without any props, in the main space in the Drama Studio, rather than on stage.  The performance area itself as well as the seating area is sectioned off using black curtains to create a ‘black box’ effect.  The result is a simplified and more intimate performance space which allows the audience to focus on the power of performance, but also means the performer has to really hone all their skills as they are so much more visible and exposed).

The programme offered an eclectic series of stunning solo performances by our actors, singers, dancers and musicians.  The musical pieces included everything from Billie Eilish to Adele and Matt Maltese, as well as Les Misérables. The dance segment featured a dynamic solo performed to “Sparkling Diamond” from Moulin Rouge as well as a sensational GCSE duet choregraphed by students themselves. There were also remarkable drama performances from the works of Shakespeare, Ella Hickson, Nick Teed, and Stacey Gregg, along with musical performances on piano, guitar, and clarinet. The evening concluded with the MAPA Chamber Choir’s enchanting rendition of “Hushabye Mountain.”  Speaking after the event, Jo Harmon, Head of Malton School’s Performance & Creative Faculty said, “The quality of the performances and the courage of our young people this evening was truly awe-inspiring.  It’s not easy to perform in a ‘black box’ setting and our students really stepped up to meet the challenges of such an intimate setting.”

Despite the event clashing with one of England’s matches in the UEFA Euro 2024, our students were incredibly well supported by family and friends and we are deeply grateful for the support shown to our students. The evening also highlighted the outstanding tuition and support provided by Malton School’s industry professionals. Special thanks go to Nicky Copley, our creative consultant, musical director, and private singing tutor, and Audrie Woodhouse, our artist-in-residence and private drama teacher. They were ably supported by peripatetic music teachers Julie Purcell and Fergus Vickers, who teach piano/woodwind and guitar, respectively. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated team of practitioners working with our students at the Malton School Academy of Performing Arts, now in its second year.


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