Taylor Wimpey Donation Helps Boost Schools Production

Date: Thursday 04 May 2017

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Taylor Wimpey Donation Helps Boost Schools Production

Students of Arden Academy in Knowle have received a helping hand from Taylor Wimpey Midlands towards making this year’s production of ‘Into the Woods’ a big success.

The leading local developer – currently building high-quality homes at its Middlefield Spring development on the outskirts of the village – donated £1,000 to the school to help cover the cost of the set design and props for their four-night performance of Stephen Sondheim’s musical adaptation, which took place earlier this month.

Sarah Lewsey, Assistant Principal at Arden Academy, says: “The school puts on a big production every year with students of all ages taking part in the performance. We usually have around 200 students take part.

“Last year we put on a performance of ‘The Sound Of Music’ – which included a sell-out show at the ICC to a crowd of 1,500 people – which is an incredible achievement for the students.”

The money donated by Taylor Wimpey was used to help the students create their perfect set while allowing them to explore special effects and pyrotechnics to help the production come to life.

Sarah continues: “The students’ participation is usually limited to performing in the show, but this year, thanks to the sponsorship from Taylor Wimpey, we had a team who created and designed the entire set. They were very creative and had lots of excellent ideas which included the use of explosions and a fairytale design which evolved throughout the play as the storyline unfolded.

“Allowing the students to design the set themselves gave them the freedom to be really creative while giving the performance a full professional feel.”

As well as performing in the play and designing the set, students were also playing a full music score for ‘Into the woods’ with a full range of instruments.

“It’s been fantastic to have this donation from Taylor Wimpey,” Sarah adds. “It has given the students the belief that they can achieve something at a professional level as they were fully in control of the entire performance.

“Thanks to the donation the students were able to give their production the polished finish that they wanted. Having this donation made the world of difference to them – the fact that a company like Taylor Wimpey supported it immediately raised the profile of the production and had a positive impact on their enthusiasm.”

Anne Wallace, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, so we were delighted to help fund Arden Academy’s production of ‘Into the Woods’.

“We hope the students all enjoyed taking part in the performance!”

There’s a superb selection of brand new homes currently available to reserve at Middlefield Spring, including two bedroom properties priced from £309,995 and three bedroom designs from £449,995. 

For more information, property-seekers should visit the Sales Centre, located off Barton Drive, Knowle, Solihull, B93 0PE, and open Thursday to Monday between 11am and 5pm. Alternatively, the Sales Executive be contacted on 01564 330385.