Toy School: Original dance piece aims to give students a ‘buzz’ on stage

Students at Withernsea High School have recently begun rehearsals for their next dance extravaganza which is set to take place at a professional venue in early March 2018.

Following the massive success of last year’s show ‘Into the Hoods’, a contemporary adaptation of a hit Stephen Sondheim musical, next year’s show will similarly follow a narrative which takes its characters on a journey through dance.

Using inspiration from a hit movie franchise, Teacher of Dance Jamie Hughes has created and choreographed an original performance piece set in a high school.

‘Toy School’ follows the story of Woody, the most popular student in school, who is taken aback when new boy ‘Buzz’ arrives on the scene. As the pair compete for the attention of their peers, and with the annual Basketball contest fast approaching, will the two rivals learn to get along?

Mrs Hughes commented: ‘I am delighted to announce the details of next year’s show and I am already impressed with the commitment, talent and enthusiasm being displayed by our students. Experiences such as this help boost confidence and skills among young performers and the opportunity to perform on the stage of a professional venue is an exciting privilege which I know our students really benefit from. ’

Working alongside Mrs Hughes are the Year 11 Dance students and members of the Sixth Form Dance group. Together, they promise to deliver a stunning performance which will not only count towards the final grades in their respective exams, but will also further equip them with additional skills and knowledge which will be beneficial to them both in the sphere of dance and life in general. 

In the run up to rehearsals, students from across the school worked hard to raise the money needed to secure the venue. Led by members of the Year 11 Dance class, a bag pack held at Tesco in Withernsea on Saturday 7th October yielded an impressive £350. Later that same month, around 50 students from across all year groups took part in a sponsored two hour non-stop dance-a-thon which raised the impressive amount of £768.

Limited edition souvenir wristbands have also been created and are now on sale to students as a memento of their involvement and support of the show. It is hoped that over £1200 will be raised in total – a target which looks set to be smashed thanks to the generosity and support of the school community.

Toy School takes place at Bridlington Spa Theatre on Friday 2nd March 2018. Tickets are £6 (no concessions) and are on sale now, on a first-come first-served basis, from the Reception at Withernsea High School.


ABOVE: Year 11 Dance pose with the limited edition souvenir wristbands which are being sold to help raise funds for the show.

Members of the same class held a bag-pack at Tesco in Withernsea on Saturday 7th October. They raised £350.65 towards the show.  


ABOVE: Students from across all years of the school took part in a sponsored dance-a-thon to help raise money. £768.02 was raised through the sponsorship of two hours non-stop dancing!

A selection of images taken of the dance-a-thon in full swing.