Show DVD

All Media Works are recording the show again for us at the weekend, and parents will be able to buy a DVD for £20.

Orders can be placed on their website using code MTC (case-sensitive) or by completing an order form from us and posting it to them with a cheque.

Final show update!

We’re almost there!

Tomorrow is a Dress Rehearsal at the Studiosplease bring all the costumes that you already have. We know there may be a few odd things outstanding, and that’s partly why the dress rehearsal is earlier than usual this year.

Next Friday, 12 January, is a full run-through at the Studios. We’ll be running this as close to possible as to how it will be at the Theatre. Costumes will not be needed for this, but also please note that parents will not be able to wait in reception during this time.

Performers will need a drink and snacks (or packed lunch) for these, and also the days at the Theatre but please remember the following:

  • no food that could stain either their costumes or their faces (eg chocolate, wotsits);
  • no chewing gum or dark-coloured drinks (eg coke, blackcurrant);
  • NO NUTS – we have children with severe nut allergies. This includes peanut butter.
  • Please ensure that they have plenty of water!

 

At the Theatre next weekend, all children should be dropped off and collected from the Stage Door at the rear of the building, where they will be signed in and out by Pat Mitchell. Any medications that they need MUST also be checked in with Pat and not left in their bags (or boxes – a plastic box is ideal for keeping their costumes in).

Some of the performers spend more time than others backstage in the dressing rooms. They may want to bring a book, cards, or colouring to help fill the time – but please send pencils rather than felt pens… and certainly not Sharpie markers (we’d like to give you all back your costume deposits and not have to keep it for ink and food stains)!

Children should arrive at the Theatre with their hair and makeup already done. No earrings or nail varnish please (plaster over earrings if they cannot be removed).  We’d prefer it if they did not bring phones/tablets etc as we cannot be responsible for gadgets as well as children, props and costumes. If they do bring them it is at their own risk. We’re going to be reminding them about the appropriate use of photographs and would prefer that none are taken backstage, but at the very least we must insist that they are not shared on social media without the express permission of all the children’s parents.

 

There will be a strict no photo/video rule for the audience. We’ll be taking some photos at the dress rehearsals, and Saturdays performances will be recorded for an official DVD. We have children in the Show who are not allowed to be in any photos for a variety of reasons, so we do have to be quite strict about this.

We also have to be strict with backstage access. No one will be allowed backstage unless they are on the official helpers list (similarly, no parents will be allowed to stay at the Studios on Friday unless expressly asked to), and no children will be allowed out between performances other than for the lunch break on Saturday (12.30-2.30pm) when everyone must leave the Theatre.

Oh, one more thing we have to insist on…. ENJOY THE SHOW!

Reminder – Timings for rehearsals and classes are on the website, and costume list can be found here.
I’ll be chasing outstanding costume fees tomorrow… if you settle up in the morning it saves me a job!
Costume deposits will be returned the week after the show once costumes have been checked back in.  

Christmas and New Year

Term finishes on Saturday 16 December 2017, and we’re back from Monday 2 January 2018.

There is an Elf Workshop on 21 December, and Show Rehearsals on 27 and 28 December.

To better accommodate the other show rehearsals and to ensure that everyone gets the classes they have paid for we will be running a slightly amended timetable for the first two weeks back in January:

 Date Time  Class/Group
Tuesday, 2 January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Grade 3-5 Ballet class (change of time)
8.00pm – 9.00pm Adult Tap class
Wednesday, 3 January 4.30pm-5.30pm Junior Singing class (no change)
5.00pm – 6.00pm Senior Singing class (change of time)
5.30pm – 6.30pm Junior Street class
6.30pm – 7.30pm Senior Street class (no change)
Junior Drama class (no change)
7.30pm – 8.30pm Senior Drama class (no change)
Thursday, 4 January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Junior Dance class (no change)
Infant Music Theatre class (no change)
 5.30pm – 7.00pm Senior Dance class Call 1 & 2 (change of time)
Friday, 5 January 4.30pm – 7.30pm Full Company Rehearsal with props
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 6.00pm
 Saturday, 6 January  9.00am – 10.00am Primary Ballet and Tap class (non-show)
10.00am – 4.00pm Full Company Rehearsal with props
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 1.00pm
11.15am – 12.15pm SEN Musical Theatre class (non-show)
12.15pm – 12.45pm SEN Tap class (non-show)
Sunday, 7 January 10.00am – 4.00pm Full Company Rehearsal – Dress Rehearsal
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 1.00pm
Tuesday, 9 January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Grade 3-5 Ballet class (change of time)
8.00pm – 9.00pm Adult Tap class
Wednesday, 10 January 4.30pm-5.30pm Junior Singing class (no change)
5.00pm – 6.00pm Senior Singing class (change of time)
5.30pm – 6.30pm Junior Street class
6.30pm – 7.30pm Senior Street class (no change)
Junior Drama class (no change)
7.30pm – 8.30pm Senior Drama class (no change)
Thursday, 11 January 4.30pm – 5.30pm Junior Dance class (no change)
Infant Music Theatre class (no change)
5.30pm – 7.00pm Senior Dance class Call 1 & 2 (change of time)
Friday, 12 January 4.30pm – 7.30pm Full Company Rehearsal – final run through at MTC
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 6.00pm
Saturday, 13 January NO CLASSES AT MTC – moved to 17 February instead
Arrangements for SHOW at TOWNGATE THEATRE…
 10.30am Technical Rehearsal for performers aged 9+
12.30pm all performers leave for meal break
2.30pm Dress Rehearsal for ALL PERFORMERS
*please arrive in full make up and with hair done
7.30pm Performance #1
10.15pm pick up at stage door
Sunday, 14 January 9.30am performers aged 9+ to arrive, hair and make up done
10.00am performers aged 5-8 to arrive, hair and make up done
10.30am Performance #2 (relaxed)
2.00pm performers aged under 5 to arrive
2.30pm Perofrmance #3
6.00pm pick up from stage door
Monday, 15 January Back to Normal (?)

Alterations to Saturday Timetable from 18 November

To enable us to put the dance routines together we are combining the classes on Saturdays until after the show.

Even if your child is not in the show they will still be included in the show work as part of their Dance Education.

From Saturday 18th November the Saturday timetable will be as follows:

Time Class/Groups Dance Name
9.00am – 9.45am Primary & Grade 1-3 Modern* Morning Person
9.45am – 10.30am Primary & Grade 1-2 Ballet Rainbow ballet
10.30am – 11.15am Primary, Grade 1-2 & SEN Tap Mambo no 5
11.15am -12.15pm SEN Musical Theatre & PALS
12.15pm – 1.00pm Stretch and Tech
1.00pm – 1.45pm Grade 3-6 Tap Boots
1.45pm – 2.30pm Grade 4-6 Modern* Egyptian
2.30pm – 3.15pm Grade 3-5 Ballet Feathers & Birdcage

*These classes will replace any modern classes attended during the week.

Tickets should go on sale around the beginning of December, we will let you know as soon as the theatre tell us.

You will soon receive your costume lists, and any things you need to purchase will be on there.

Show Rehearsal Schedule

Show Rehearsal Schedule

Please find below a schedule of additional rehearsals for the Show. We do realise that some of you may not be able to make all the rehearsals but are grateful to those of you who have managed to juggle things around a little to squeeze everything in. We know it’s not always easy, but these additional rehearsals will help ensure that all students are able to truly do their best in the show.

Closer to each rehearsal we’ll take a note of who isn’t going to be able to attend – please don’t drown Penni in “we can’t make that one” messages right now! For now, we want to just get this information out so that you know what’s going on when.

As you know, we are also updating our database currently, and as soon as all the students participating in the Show have been added (some of you still haven’t returned your forms!) we’ll be able to update you via email if anything changes.

 Date Time  Class/Group
Sunday, 10 December 10.00am – 11.30pm Junior Dance
Grade 3-5 Ballet
Grade 3-6 Tap
Grade 4-6 Modern
11.30am – 1.00pm Full Company – Opening & Finale
1.00pm – 2.00pm Junior Street
Selected Piece
2.00pm – 4.00pm Senior Dance 1&2
Sunday, 17 December 10.00am – 11.00am Special Needs Musical Theatre
PALS
Junior Dance
Primary Ballet
Primary Modern
Grade 1-2 Ballet
Grade 1-2 Modern
Infant Musical Theatre
11.00am – 12.00pm SEN Tap
Primary Tap
Grade 1-2 Tap
Selected Piece
12.00pm – 1.00pm Junior Drama
1.00pm – 2.00pm Full Company – Opening & Finale
2.00pm – 3.00pm Senior Dance 1&2
3.00pm – 4.00pm Junior Singing
Senior Singing
Wednesday, 27 December 9.30am – 10.30am Primary Ballet
Grade 1-2 Ballet
10.30am – 12.30am Special Needs Musical Theatre
PALS
10.30am – 11.30am Infant Music Theatre
11.30am  – 12.30pm SEN Tap
Primary Tap
Grade 1-2 Tap
1.30pm – 2.30pm Junior Street
Senior Drama
2.30pm – 3.30pm Full Company – Opening & Finale
3.30pm – 4.30pm Junior Drama
Senior Street
 Thursday, 28 December 10.00am – 11.30am Junior Dance
Grade 3-5 Ballet
Grade 3-6 Tap
Grade 4-6 Modern
11.30am – 1.00pm Full Company – Opening & Finale
1.00pm – 2.00pm Junior Singing
Senior Singing
Selected Piece
2.00pm – 4.00pm Senior Dance 1&2
Friday, 5 January 4.30pm – 7.30pm Full Company with props
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 6.00pm
Saturday, 6 January 10.00am – 4.00pm Full Company with props
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 1.00pm
Sunday, 7 January 10.00am – 4.00pm Full Company – Dress Rehearsal
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 1.00pm
Friday, 12 January 4.30pm – 7.30pm Full Company – final run through at MTC
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 6.00pm

 

There will be a £5 rehearsal fee, but to help keep costs down this is only payable once per day, so if you are in 3 sessions on one day there will just be a single charge of £5.

Senior Dance also have an additional rehearsal on Mondays, 6.00-7.30pm,