Learning New Skills

We like our Stage Management students to have as wide a range of skills as possible when they graduate. Some of these may not necessarily be strictly ‘stage management’, but will help them through their time at Guildhall and in their professional careers. The first year students have been in lots of classes this term learning skills such as upholstery, marking up, cueing to music, scenic art, breaking down, Computer Aided Design (CAD), fabric dyeing techniques, voice and movement, to add to their propping skills from last term.

Here are some photographs from Group A’s upholstery session with Pat in Props, which one of the students said was a ‘really useful skill to have, and learning the full process to reupholster a chair is very labour intensive, not just putting a piece of fabric on a seat cushion. It’s also like, super dangerous, using the little tacks and the hammers and job specific tools’.

Some of the students made a timelapse video of them doing their mark up exercise:

Then there’s been lessons on weapons and smoking onstage, along with risk assessments. Here are some of group B trying to decide where weapons fit on a historical timeline.

Weapons, Smoking and RA, group B

For costume skills, the students have been learning about dyeing and breaking down items of costume. Breaking down makes an item look older and worn, the students were each given a plain white tshirt and asked to give it a back story – who wore it? What happened to them? And then break the shirt down accordingly.

Group B have also been crewing this terms opera, The Dialogues des Carmelites and both groups have been helping out with tours and stewarding for interviews for students for next year. All in all, it’s been a very busy term!

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