Pupils at Heartlands High School recently got the chance to express their talents at a special event at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, organised with help from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
More than 100 pupils aged 12 to 15 from the Birmingham-based school participated in the Fusion project, a week-long programme of creative and performance arts activities.
The project culminated in a live performance at the Crescent Theatre for an audience of family, friends and a team of community volunteers from the Birmingham office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
During the project, pupils worked with students from the University of Birmingham and Aston University to develop a production incorporating dance, drama and music.
The production had an Olympic theme because the school is a specialist sports college and the pupils performed dramatic renditions of opening and closing ceremonies and scenes representing countries around the world. They also designed and made their own stage set inspired by the Olympic rings.
Other pupils taking business courses helped to design the programmes and sell tickets. They also assisted front-of-house on performance night.
The Fusion project is the latest “Perform, Write, Create” event, supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers and is part of the firm’s community affairs programme, aimed at improving the aspirations of young people in the region.
Jo Thompson, a member of the community affairs team at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Midlands, said: “As well as being an opportunity to learn new creative skills, the project has helped to motivate all those involved and pupils at the Heartlands High school have been enthusiastic participants.
“Pupils enjoyed the opportunity to express their talents in a creative way and it was great to be involved in leading a project designed to inspire young people.”