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‘Barnum’ Senior Drama Production

This year’s senior school production was the fabulous musical ‘Barnum’, based on the life of circus showman P.T. Barnum which inspired the recent film, The Greatest Showman. Originally produced on the Broadway stage, the drama was staged in the period 1835 through to 1880 and involved around two-thirds of the senior school in some capacity; back-stage, acting, singing, sound-desk, scenery and orchestra. The circus extravaganza included 33 musical numbers and almost 400 costume changes in total – which were sourced and created by Pip Martin and Anne Coleman. Some girls performed two or more different roles.

The cast rose magnificently to the exciting challenge of mastering circus skills along with complicated song and dance routines. Their talent and enthusiasm were outstanding as they performed over three nights from Monday 25 March to Wednesday 27 March. Barnum was played by Year 10 pupil, Lizzie F, with Chelsea G playing wife, Chairy. A superb cast of girls from Year 7 to Year 11 played specific roles, in addition to appearing in the cast of circus performers. The production which was produced and directed by Mrs Teresa Williams, Head of Drama, was colourful, energetic and brilliantly choreographed by Adrian Edmeades, BBC Children’s Choreographer.



Manor House School
Manor House School, Bookham

As part of the national response to Covid-19, the School site is currently closed to pupils, except those of key worker and vulnerable children. However, we continue to teach and support all our Prep and Senior School pupils via a virtual (on-screen) learning approach, enabling live lessons and engagement across all subjects.

The Admissions Team are working to process all applications as quickly as possible and are available to discuss new applications for September 2021 or 2022. The best way to reach them is by email: and they will get in contact with you.

If you would like to make an application to the Prep or Senior School for this year or for 2022, then click here to view our Virtual Open Day. You can also register for our Head’s Address and live Q&A on Wednesday 10 February at 9.30-10.30am here.

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