Performance Term – Bring on the crowds!
South Manchester Helen O'Grady
We have had a hectic few weeks here at the South Manchester Helen O’Grady Drama Academy. As we approach the performance week then we are all busy with our various roles getting ready for the performance. Andy, Cheryl and Melissa are busy getting their classes up to performance standard, allocating lines, roles and actions to their students during class. They are backed up by John and Julie who often help them get the best out of their class and assist in the rehearsal of the performance piece.
Ruth has collated the scripts and, with Jane, is deciding on costumes, scenery and props for the performance. The costumes are in our storage but we are also having a significant number made by Barbara who is a costumier extraordinaire when comes to dressing a show. Visits to material wholesalers provides cloth for the costumes together with wholesale suppliers of elastic, zips, velcro and ancilliary items. Andy has ordered new wood for the sets we are about to build and he should be busy in the next few weeks realising his dream of the set for Maximum Speed and Freaky Creatures. I must say, having heard what he is going to do, I am certainly looking forward to his efforts.
Most of the props are already available but as we are performing a couple of new shows we will also have to make new ones and, again, Andy has sourced some freaky glasses and body parts for the show. The lighting plot is being drawn up and Aidan will soon be creating the sound plot with sound effects and music for the show. Some will already have been supplied by Helen O’Grady head office and others he will source from his extensive collection of noises strange and weird. He always knew they would come in handy. He wiill create rehearsal discs for each teacher so they can perform and rehearse with the sounds of the show.
After this we have to build the stage in Wellacre Academy over one night and then arrange a technical rehearsal before each show. Entrance and exits, lighting and sound effects whilst the students are on stage. The performance week lasts three days with four performances. The performance build up lasts probably 10 weeks of hard graft followed by a rushed get out and tidy up after the last show. The students now need an audience to perform in front of. It is their time to show you just how confident they have become in their skills taught during the drama classes and acting classes at each studio. Every one of them at their classes in Altrincham, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Chorlton, Gatley, Sale, Stretford, Timperley and Urmston will be brilliant. Next year we will have a new class performance from our Irlam classes. We hope you enjoy their efforts and our efforts. See you at the show.