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Night at the Musicals 2019

On Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6 pm, the auditorium at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail, came alive with songs from the shows!

This was the fourth annual GEMS Night at the Musicals, providing an opportunity for GEMS schools to come together and showcase a solo and group item from their school musicals.  This year students again had the fantastic opportunity to work in an auditorium supported by an amazing technical crew and stage management team made up of members of GEMS Performing Arts and Music Hub teaching staff.

The 8 entries from schools showcasing their talents this year were:

School: GEMSWinchester School, Jebel Ali
Solo entry: On My Own from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Ensemble entry: One Day More from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schönberg

School: GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis (Primary)
Solo entry: Quiet from Matilda by Tim Minchen
Ensemble entry: Revolting Children from Matilda by Tim Minchen

School: GEMS Royal Dubai School
Solo entry: I Can Hear The Bells from Hairspray by March Shaiman
Ensemble entry: Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray by March Shaiman

School: GEMS Founders School
Solo entry: On My Own from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Ensemble entry: School Song from Matilda the Musical by Tim Minchin

School: GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis (Secondary)
Solo entry: Burn from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ensemble entry: Non-Stop from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

School: GEMS Jumeirah Primary School
Solo entry: Memory from CATS by Lloyd-Webber
Ensemble entry: Jellicle Cats from CATS by Lloyd Webber

School: GEMS Wellington Primary School
Solo entry: The One Feather Tail of Miss Gertrude McFuzz/Amazing Mayzie from Seussical the Musical Junior by Stephen Flaherty
Ensemble entry: Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! from Seussical the Musical Junior by Stephen Flaherty

School: GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail
Solo entry: Your mother and mine from Peter Pan by Eric Svejcar
Ensemble entry: What makes a brave man brave from Peter Pan by Eric Svejcar

Awards were presented as follows:

Best solo performance –  WSO (Secondary)
Best group performance –  WSO (Primary)
Best overall presentation - WSO (Secondary)

 “We loved it! Thank you! The event was a great success in so many ways, not the least of which was the enormous fun and enjoyment of the children and the glowing pride of the parents! Well done!”

– Peter Derby-Crook, Senior Vice President for Education at GEMS

“What a wonderful night and so much talent!!!

Thank you so much for inviting me - it really was such a difficult decision to rate each school as so much work, commitment, talent , energy, enthusiasm and creativity went into each performance - so difficult to choose!!

What a fantastic opportunity for the children to be part of - to work towards and to have the experience of performing in front of an audience on stage with lighting and sound!”

- Meredith Chipperton, Judge