Lancing Prep Worthing has celebrated the opening of its brand new Drama studio in fine style. A light and airy space of some 75 m2, the studio is an attractive cedar-clad building with vertical cedar cladding with bi-fold double glazed aluminium glass doors that will enable its use as a performance area for an outdoor audience in the summer months.
Funded by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, the College worked hard over the summer break to replace an old outbuilding with a new build from scratch in just 10 weeks, in time for the new school year this September.
The performing arts are a real strength at the school and it was wonderful to welcome back Charlie Granville and Sam Pucelli, who both attended the old Broadwater Manor School some 20 years ago, to cut the ribbon and declare the space open.
Sam and Charlie are now part of ‘The Noise Next Door’, an acclaimed comedy ensemble that has been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe for 10 years, appeared on TV, at the London Palladium and worked with top comedian Michael McIntyre.
They recalled with much laughter their time at the school, where their love of comedy and performing was first nurtured and they formed lifelong friendships that have enabled them to go on to carve out careers together in the entertainment business.
The Prep school children were treated to some fine musical performances by three very talented singers from Lancing College, sisters Kitty and Gigi C who sang pieces by Handel and Mozart respectively and Ella H who is also a Lancing Prep Worthing alumna. Ella performed a song from the production of Guys & Dolls currently in rehearsal at the College. Two of the Prep School’s own talented musicians, Nerea K-M and Bradley H demonstrated their prowess. Nerea got proceedings under way with a spirited rendition of ‘Take Five’ on the violin and Bradley played ‘Spinnaker Jig’ on the clarinet. A group of Year 4 pupils delighted the audience with the tale of ‘The Computer's swallowed Grandma’!
Head of Lancing Prep Worthing, Heather Beeby, is delighted with new Drama Studio: “The performing arts are of huge importance to the life of our school and bring countless benefits to all our pupils throughout their time with us. The new studio is a welcome addition to our school campus, which is being constantly improved and upgraded, and opens a whole world of exciting opportunities for our growing number of pupils to explore their creativity.”