We have had a very busy summer and have held 3 very successful summer schools/workshops. Our first workshop was held at the Hat Factory in Luton lasting 2 days. In that time we managed to devise a half an hour production involving many aspects of performing arts including: Choreography, singing and various acting methods and devices. We worked with a small group of 11 very talented young actors and performed a play all about time and growth from a birth to death. We were very impressed with the dedication and talent we observed from day 1. Some young actors even learning Shakespeare monologues over night to a very high performance standard.
We then moved onto the Barton Players summer school which this year was an original written by Keith Badham – The Terror of St Trinians. We had 56 children so therefore Keith had written 56 parts, being the first summer school in which every young actor had a named part with lines. The children arrived on the Sunday and were given their parts at the end of the day. They then had 6 days to learn lines, dance routines – Choreographed by Milly Badham and Rachael Bowie, as well as making all their props and scenery under the guidance of Kirsty Badham before putting on two very successful productions at the end of the week. We worked with some very talented children and were impressed with the high standard we observed throughout the summer school and on the stage at the end of the week.
Our final summer workshop was held at Putteridge High School over the course of 4 days. We had a small, but very talented group of 7 children who were a pleasure to work with. They devised a half an hour production based around the theme of school. We wanted it to be as much of their own work as possible so all of them had the opportunity to become writers and directors, each writing their own poem on the subject of bullying and then directing the others on their own poem. We also taught them stage combat and how to fall correctly which they used in their production along with many other devices and acting techniques. On top of all that they also learnt some choreography which they included in their show. We spent the last few days with Tem, a headmaster from a school in Tanzania, who came over to see what schools in England are like. He has been able to swap notes with us on teaching methods and the children had the opportunity to ask him questions on what school is like in Tanzania, which was a fantastic experience for them. Many of them were amazed at the fact that children in Tanzania actually looked forward to going to school!
As we come to the end of the Summer Holidays just a quick reminder as to when our weekly sessions start back.
Thursday group: 6/09/2012
Cs21 (Friday): 7/09/2012
Saturday group: 8/09/2012
Monday group: 10/09/2012
Just a quick reminder, we are starting Up-Stage Academy, which will be a separate group from Up-Stage for more serious Actors – Our First Production will Be Oliver!
If anyone is interested in joining this group please get in touch with us via email and we shall let you know details when Venues are confirmed!
We look forward to seeing you all back in September!