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As we approach the performance in July, Smhog held a production meeting to discuss the various aspects of what it takes to put on a great show. In attendance were the Smhog teachers whose classes will be performing on stage at Wellacre Technical College, Irlam Road, Flixton between the 5th to the 7th July 2013. A full itinerary will be published in due course but the production meeting was very successful. The scenery has been decided upon from the extensive stock in the possession of Smhog. This scenery is artistically constructed at the behest of the previous principal, Gill Hollis, and our thanks must go to her for her foresight in choosing such adaptable and substantial scenery.


The same goes for the props and the costumes. Currently, my spare bedroom which also doubles up as an office is covered in boxes containing items of clothing, boxes containing equipment and parcels containing new items of cothing purchased for the show. A van is required for the “Get-In” and probably a day off work for Andy and Aidan to lump all the required equipment to the location where it will be installed on the stage. Next Sunday we will be discussing witht he technical team the lighting and sound plot we require in respect of the shows.

The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the production of the actual performances. Each play is a set script provided to us by the Helen O’Grady UK and Europe Head Office. Any of you who read about the performance seminar on this blog or on facebook will know that all the Principals in UK get together to discuss and consider the available scripts for performances and even undertake a little snapshot performance so that they can be understood and put in context. Sound effects are an important part of any performance and it was good to have some great ideas about effects and even singing. I know the shows are going to be great fun because I have heard the wonderful ideas being put forward in respect of production, scenery and props.

This year, Smhog will be selling tickets for shows in advance. Seats will not be numbered so it will be on a first come, first served basis. If you are coming to a show then you need to keep your diary free between 5th to 7th July. If you wish to book your tickets before the show then you can contact Jane or Ruth on 0161 929 9586 in the main Smhog office.


If you are reading this and wondering what Smhog is about then your child can be part of a global drama academy. Smhog stands for South Manchester Helen O’Grady Drama Academy. We serve the South Manchester areas which includes parts of Manchester, Stockport Postcodes and all Trafford Postcodes. All the classes are run during the normal school term time and are designed to increase children’s self confidence through acting classes and drama classes using curriculum based activities. Ou children perform for parents at one of our 9 studios at the end of each term and then put on a main show at the end of the school year. Do you think this would be something your child would be interested in? If it is, then Smohog offer a taster class which is free to allow your child to see whether they enjoy the activities. We make each class a fun and enjoyable way to learn life and social skills which will be to their advantage in later life.

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