Guildhall will be running a range of week long Summer Schools this July. Stage Management will be taking part by running the following:
Stage Management Skills
- Course 1 – Monday 16 July – Friday 20 July 2018
- Course 2 – Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July 2018
Or Opera Stage Management, Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 July 2018
You must be 16+ to apply to the Summer Schools and there are also courses in Costume, Scenic Art, Lighting, Sound, Prop Making, Projection Mapping and Wigs, Hair and Make Up. Go here for more information and to book for all courses. Or visit the Facebook page here.
Last but by absolutely no means least, we come to Stage Manager number 13 – Anna Zentala. Anna is currently one of the two DSM’s on our musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. We have two DSM’s for this years musical, to allow use of book cover and to share best practice in the rehearsal room. The other DSM is Amber Reece-Greenhalgh.
Anna’s stand for Graduation Exhibition showcased a range of her paperwork, production photos and prop skills. It also included Marzanna, who is a Goddess in the Slavic and Baltic cultures, whose death at the end of each winter brings in the new spring. Marzanna was Anna’s graduation project earlier this year. Anna’s work placement was at the Royal Court earlier this year. She was also the DSM for our opera production of “Dialogues des Carmelites”.
Thanks so much for reading through all of third years as part of the 13 Days of Stage Management, we wish them all the best once they leave us next month and wanted to showcase their work to you all before they finish their time with us.
Day 12’s Stage Manager is Becky Thornton, who is interested in Stage Management. Becky is currently on her work placement at Mind the Gap Theatre.
For her Graduation Exhibition stand, Becky showcased a range of her propping, paperwork and costume skills by putting together a dressing table from a dressing room. The finishing touch was her own face in the mirror!
Earlier this year, Becky Stage Managed our opera production of “The Consul”, for which the team had to source hundreds of identical chairs. They were tracked down at a local secondary school’s who were having a refurb in their science department. You can see a production photograph below (📸Clive Barda)
Our production of Fiddler on the Roof has gone into technical rehearsals today and will be opening on Tuesday 3rd July.
You can hear the podcast of the cast and Sound Designer for the production here
Podcast link taken from the Guildhall School soundcloud page
As we near the end of our SM countdown, today we bring you Lois Sime. Lois is currently on work placement at Jermyn Street Theatre, working on “The Play About my Dad”. Her interest is in Stage Management.
Lois’ Graduate Exhibit was based around production photos of shows she has worked on during her time at Guildhall. It also included elements from her graduation project which was “Pop Art Alice” and was based on the Mad Hatter’s tea party with a pop art slant. It included elements of all the skills Lois has learnt here, including costume and sewing skills, re-upholstering and painting chairs, scenic art and prop making.
Lois was the Stage Manager for our production of “Paradise Lost”, a photo of which can be seen below.
Day 10’s Stage Manager is Georgia Rose, who is interested in both Stage and Floor Management. Georgia is currently working as the Props Supervisor for “Fiddler on the Roof” and our Opera Makers production.
As you can see above, Georgia’s Graduation Exhibit was based around paperwork examples for productions she’s worked on at Guildhall.
Her latest production for which she took on a Stage Management role was “Paradise Lost” for which she was DSM, a production photo can be seen below. Georgia’s graduation project was to make a model box for “The Importance of Being Earnest” set in the 1940’s and she has also completed two work placements, one with ITV’s This Morning and one at Spun Gold TV.
Today’s Stage Manager is Sam Rixon who has just completed his allocation as Stage Manager of our Opera Double Bill of Hindesmith’s “The Long Christmas Dinner” and Berkeley’s “A Dinner Engagement”. Sam is interested in Stage Management and completed his work placement at “TINA: The Musical” earlier this year.
For his Graduate Exhibition display, Sam gave us a flavour of his work during his time at Guildhall with a range of show photos and information on the screen you can see, as well as examples of paperwork and a piece of the carpet that covered the whole set of the “Crimp Plays” earlier this year, for which he was Production Manager. In the top right corner you can see paperwork from the tour of “King Lear” which went to China with Sam as Technical Stage Manager and which formed the basis of his Production Project.
Today’s Stage Manager is Amber Reece-Greenhalgh. Amber is currently one of the DSM’s on our musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. We have two DSM’s for this years musical, to allow use of book cover and to share best practice in the rehearsal room. The other DSM is Anna Zentala.
Amber is interested in both Stage and Event Management and managed the School’s Christmas Festival as her Graduation Project. Below, you can see her stand from the Graduation Exhibition, where she showcased a variety of prompt copies and paperwork from her time at Guildhall.
Amber’s work placement was at The Other Palace working on “Big Fish” for ATG. She was the DSM for our Spring Opera Scenes production earlier this year, which is where the Club Re sign which she had as part of her stand came from (📸Maxim Gamble)
Day 7 is over halfway through our graduating class of third year students and is Alix Nicholson. Alix is currently the Stage Manager for this years musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” and is interested in Stage Management.
Her graduation project earlier this year was as Producer for San Zita, which she worked on in collaboration with Sam Agnew. She has completed a work placement this year at the National Theatre on their production of “Oslo”.
Alix teamed up with another third year student, Pippa McLauchlan for Graduation Exhibition and produced a stand which showcased their work from across their time at Guildhall, including prompt copies and the posters for productions that they have worked and shadowed on. Alix was the Props Supervisor for our production of “Post Mortem” earlier this academic year, which is the production shown below.
Next up is Pippa McLauchlan. Pippa is currently Stage Manager on our Opera Makers production – this production includes three new works written by composers and librettists on the MA in Opera Making & Writing.
Pippa teamed up with another third year student, Alix Nicholson, for Graduation Exhibition and produced a stand which showcased their work from across their time at Guildhall, including prompt copies and the posters for productions that they have worked and shadowed on.
Pippa completed a work placement at the Royal Opera House earlier this year and wrote a research project on “Reinvention of an Art Form: How is opera using education and location to find and create new audiences in the 21st Century?” The production photo below is from “Colder Than Here” which Pippa was the DSM for.