Opera Double Bill Rehearsals

If you have a revolve onstage but don’t have one in the rehearsal room, how do you get around this? By revolving the room instead!

Sam is Stage Managing this production and he had the following to say about this ingenious solution:

“The production uses a central revolve as a main set feature. As we can’t access a rehearsal revolve, we are instead revolving our conductor and director around the room to replicate this. We are using a truck pushed by two ASMs – this is cued by the DSM and is timed to the actual revolve cues which will be used in the show. The DSM and ASMs communicate using hand signals so as not to disturb the performance”.

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Undergraduate Open Day

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Theatre Technology students setting up for Undergraduate Open Day TTA display

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your final call to the Guildhall Undergraduate Open Day! Come along and find out more about life as a student at the school.

The Open Day will be taking place this Sunday (29th April) between 10am and 4pm. You can get more information and book your place here.

Technical Theatre Arts students, including those from the Stage Management pathway, will be available on the day to chat to about the programme and life as a student generally.

CoLAB Projects

Over Easter we have had two coLABorate projects at Guildhall. These projects are devised and run entirely by students, outside of the timetable and performed in the school’s performance spaces during the first week of holidays. These two were Bent, in the Milton Court Theatre, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the Milton Court Studio.

Bent

This production was supported by Stage Management students (as can be seen in the bottom right photograph). Photography by Tom Medwell. The DSM for Bent, Tash, has written the following to describe her experience of working on the production:

“During the Easter holiday, 2 coLABorate productions took place in the theatres in Milton Court and this short article will explain our experience on one of the shows – BENT which was performed in Milton Court Theatre. CoLABorative productions are the chance for students to create a show or project that is student led with a budget of £1000.

Towards the beginning of last term, we got the whole team together for a meet and greet and design showing. This was really nice as both the costumes and set were designed by 2nd year TTA students. That really kicked start this process for all of us. What followed was Sunday rehearsals that we had every week. As I was the DSM for this production, normal duties applied by sitting in the room and being the contact point for all involved.

The big learning experience for everyone came from tech week. Due to where Easter fell and our show week, our time was limited due to the building being closed over Easter weekend. What followed next was fit up day. We worked really well as a team getting the theatre ready and installing what was everyone’s favourite part of the set – a swing that you could actually swing on! (Thanks to Sam Bull for the help on this). As we were in Milton Court Theatre, we were able to take advantage of the automation system to assist with scene changes however of course this adds to health and safety considerations of a show. However we combated this by having Henry and Abby (the TM and SM) spot all automation cues.

On the Wednesday, we then had tech. As we are all students, it was a challenge to keep everyone on track and make sure the time was used most effectively for all. We were able to tech the whole show in 2 sessions which we were all proud of. For me, it was an incredibly busy time to add cues to the book and help Abby keep on track time wise. Finally came show day. This was a very busy day for us as we had two dress rehearsals followed by the performance. We really used the first dress rehearsal to figure out if all of the scene changes were correct and that everything was ready for the performance. We then had the show. This went really well and received a really good reaction from the audience.

Finally we had strike which we were able to complete in one session. I had such a good time working on ‘BENT’ and would recommend trying to get involved in a coLABorate project if given the opportunity”.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

All above photographs taken by Maxim Gamble

One of our second year Stage Management students, Juliet, was the Stage Manager for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and had this to say about her experience on the production:

“The adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream brought the tale into the roaring 20’s. It featured original composition performed live by Guildhall jazz musicians and the cast included people from PACE, Leadership, Acting, Music and Technical courses. It really allowed us to cross pathways with people with may not have otherwise and it was a hugely valuable experience for that. It also gave us TTA students a chance to design, stage manage, production manage etc a year ahead of when we do as part of the course and the relaxed and independent nature of the project gave us all really great introductions to those roles.”

Summer Term

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Welcome back for summer term here at Guildhall! Hope that everyone had a lovely Easter break. We’ve pinched this photograph of Lakeside looking beautifully sunny from @guildhallschool Instagram – hoping we see a lot of this sort of weather this term!

This term looks set to be another busy one, with lots of classes and projects for the first year students, who will also be crewing the musical and the Opera Double Bill. They will also be doing another round of Associated Studies to learn some more skills across different departments.

Here’s some dates for the diary of what we’ll be up to this term:

  • Sunday 29th April is our Whole School Undergraduate Open Day.
  • The Opera Double Bill, featuring The Long Christmas Dinner and A Dinner Engagement will open on 4th June in the Silk Street Theatre.
  • The Graduate Exhibition for the third year students to showcase their work ahead of going into the professional world will take place on the 6th and 7th June at Milton Court
  • We will have a display at the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace on 6th and 7th June.
  • On the 7th June, the school will host our Technical Theatre Open Day.
  • This years musical, Fiddler on the Roof, will open on 4th July in the Silk Street Theatre.
  • We also have an Opera Makers production later in the term, presenting new work written by students from the MA in Opera Making and Writing in the Milton Court Studio.

The Stage Management department will also be running short courses over the summer for students who are 16+ and interested in learning a bit more about Stage Management or Opera Stage Management. More information on these can be found here.

Watch this space for photos and posts from students about the upcoming productions, rehearsals, classes and visits! Remember, you can also follow us on Instagram @GuildhallStageManagement or Twitter @GuildhallSM

Whole School Undergraduate Open Day

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Sunday 29th April is our Undergraduate Open Day for the whole school. Information will be available on all of our undergraduate courses across Technical Theatre, Acting and Music departments. You can find more information and book a place here.

The day will begin at 10am and last until 4pm, with a range of activities taking place throughout the day. Members of staff and current students will be on hand to talk to and there will be tours of the theatres and workshops. Each programme will have drop in sessions and information will be available on things like finance and student life here at the school.

 

Photo taken from @guildhallschool Instagram.