Musical Productions

The Musical Productions are legendary at Ormiston Rivers Academy. The performing arts team, under the leadership of Ms Carroll and now Mr Cecil, pride themselves on putting together productions of the highest quality, with audiences always commenting that the standard is as good as you would see on the West End.  The productions, directed and produced by Ms Carroll are put together by a team of hugely experienced professionals who have worked in the industry and gained a wealth of experience to bring to the team.  Students gain an incredible amount from working in such high quality and professional productions, which are always accompanied by a professional band, which our students often join as part of their musical apprenticeship.  We also invite students from our local primary schools in years 5 and 6 to take part in a special junior cameo role each year, which is a special treat and helps our primary students prepare for what they can expect in secondary school when they join us.  All around, the productions are not to be missed and always sell out, so get your tickets fast.  


Our productions to date have been:

2009 Little Shop of Horrors

2009 Return to the Forbidden Planet

2010 We Will Rock You

2011 Footloose

2012 Disco Inferno

2013 Fame

2014 Hairspray

2015 Legacy

2017 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

2019 We Will Rock You!

We Will Rock You




Rivers Vocal Group

The multiple award winning Rivers Vocal Group (RVG) is made up of a select number of gifted and talented singers and they work under the leadership of Ms Carroll, providing entertainment for a select number of special events throughout the year.  The aim of the group is to train students in the art of vocal harmony, stretching and challenging them to perform at a higher level than they already do.  Membership of this group is by invitation only and if you would like to join, Ms Carroll will be happy to audition you once a place becomes available.  


Students in this group have performed at very special events in some of the most prestigious venues in the world including:

East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

Westminster Central Hall

O2 Arena

Wembley Arena

2019 Summer Gym and Dance show

Ormiston Rivers Academy presents 

Harry Potter: Welcome to Hogwarts.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Gym & Dance Show and it is bigger and better than ever. More than 80 students are involved in the production ranging from dancers, gymnasts, free-runners, makeup designers, set designers, choreographers, writers, technicians, front of house and backstage crew.


Students have been working intensely for the last 8 weeks to produce creative and outstanding work that will be performed over 3 evenings in July 2019.  


Tickets are available from front reception for £5. Performance dates: Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th July 2019. Doors will open at 6.30pm with performances starting at 7pm. We look forward to seeing you there


Mrs M. Wilkins, Miss C. Thurtle, Mr N. Cecil


Harry Potter: The boy who lived, singled out by Lord Voldemort at birth to be his greatest rival, and our hero.


The story begins in a small house in Privet Drive, Surrey as Harry is about to celebrate his eleventh birthday. Harry has been living in a cupboard under the stairs in his Uncle and Aunts house and has never been treated well.

Everything is about to change. He will learn that he is not just a regular person and like his mother and father, he too is a wizard. He receives a letter that is an acceptance and invitation to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which will change his life in an instant.


Upon arriving at Hogwarts, Harry is sorted into the Gryffindor House by the Sorting Hat. At Hogwarts, Harry will learn what it means to be Wizard. He will learn many things about wizardry from his teachers and Head Master, Dumbledore. He will learn that not all people come from wizard families. Some, called Muggles, will also study at Hogwarts. For the first time, he will meet and make friends. Hermione Granger (Muggle born) and Ron Weasley (Wizard), will help Harry through a most challenging few years at Hogwarts.


During his time at Hogwarts he learns more about his past and the death of his parents. Not only that they were wizards but that they died at the hands of a wizard practicing dark magic: Voledmort. Voldemort attempted to kill Harry but instead of Harry dying, Voldemort lost his powers. Harry is reminded of that fateful night each time he looks in the mirror and sees a lightning bolt scar on his forehead.


Harry will experience many life threatening situations at Hogwarts. These situations will arise as he comes to learn more about Voldemort and those that follow him. Every experience Harry, Hermione, and Ron find themselves in, will bring Harry closer to the one that must not be named, Voldemort.

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