Additional Show Rehearsals

Additional Show Rehearsals

Students are doing a fantastic job preparing for the show, with 86 registering on the show registration days!

As usual though, we’ll need a few additional rehearsals to help bring it all together. Dates and times below, but if you have any questions or concerns, let us know.

Please bear in mind that pre-show can be a stressful time for Penni, so questions may be best being directed to someone else on the team – thank you 🙂

Tuesday 25 October

1.00pm – 4.00pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap
Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern

Wednesday 26 October

10.00am – 12.00pm Full Company (Opening & Finale)
12.00pm – 1.00pm Junior & Senior Dancers (Into the Disco)
1.00pm – 2.30pm Senior Dancers (Sound of Silence)

Saturday 29 October

  9.30am – 11.00am Babies, Primary, Grade 1&2 (not grade 2 tap)
 11.00am – 12.00pm SEN Musical Theatre
 12.00pm – 4.00pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap
Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern

Sunday 6 November

11.00am – 2.00pm Full Company (Opening & Finale)
 2.00pm – 3.00pm Junior & Senior Dancers (Into the Disco)
 3.00pm – 4.30pm Senior Dancers (Sound of Silence)

 Sunday 13 November

 9.30am – 12.30pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap; Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern
Junior & Senior Drama
 12.30pm – 4.30pm Full Company (full run through)

Saturday 19 November

3.00pm – 6.00pm Full Company (full run through)

Sunday 20 November

9.00am Dress & Technical Rehearsal
2.30pm Matinee Performance
6.30pm Evening Performance

There will be a £5 rehearsal fee for each session. 

Congratulations on another great show

Congratulations on another great show

Well done graphicHaving been asked to let the best audience of the show know that it was all over, I thought about being clever and tying it in with the jokes that had interspersed the show. Maybe asking “What do you get if you cross an inspirational dance teacher, 84 students and an army of amazing parent helpers?”, but everyone knew the answer to that one: they’d just watched – no, experienced – it!

I could have reeled off a list of ‘Thank You‘s, but there was simply no way I’d remember everyone: Penni’s vision and inspiration; Nanny Pat’s stunning costumes;  the Stage Managers and the team that ensured the performers were in the right place at the right time, who at that point were on their knees behind the curtain; the parents and other helpers who have up so much of their time, many of whom were doing it for the first time, and were still drying their tears; the fantastic audiences (also drying tears) who had been so supportive and encouraging; the Fundraising Team, who continue to smash their goal so we can maintain the new building; every single parent and friend that helped us hit the rather ambitions £1000 sponsorship target for Penni (which got me out of a hole, having told Penni we hit the target so she had to do it!); the tech team (who were so much better than last year!); the nurse who advised on the suspected broken arm backstage; A R Adams for the programmes; Lee for finding time in his busy schedule to not only come to the show, but to speak to all the performers backstage, and to personally thank Mrs Tea-Tray…
You see my predicament here? We’d have been there ’til midnight!

I could have highlighted some of the outstanding personal achievements – the students who were barely recognisable compared to the last show, who have come on in leaps and bounds with the self-less support and encouragement of the team and their peers – but again there are simply too many to mention. In fact, there were none that don’t deserve such a mention: every one has achieved so much.

I could have expressed what an absolute privilege and joy it is to be a small part of the continued growth and success of Equal People  and MTC; and at the same time re-iterate that we’re always looking to share the workload and expand the volunteer base. I could have run through a long list of small tasks that can make a big difference, but if this if of interest to you come and chat to one of us.

I could have assured you all that every single penny given to Equal People is valued and makes a difference to the lives of many. What a turnaround, considering at the last show we had hoped to announce a new building, but had it snatched from under us at the last minute! It’s not over yet: we need to raise around £1500 a month just to keep going, let alone complete the Studios.

I could have reminded you DVDs will be available for £15: particularly important for those on the backstage Team who didn’t get to see the show. Again.

I could have invited you all to our Charity Chinese Night on Monday, or our Awards BBQ on Saturday.

I could have shared some of the great feedback we had heard already.

I – no, we all – could have collapsed in a corner and slept for a week!

[plain]A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.  John Barrymore [/plain]

So I shalln’t regret not saying any of that.

Let’s keep dreaming, as we’ve truly shown anything is possible. One brick at a time.

Well done everyone!


Finding Seevic

A few people were asking for directions, so here’s a map for you!  Post code is SS7 1TW if needed.

While I’m at it, a reminder about arrival times for students/performers:

  • Thursday 4.30pm
  • Friday 6.00pm
  • Saturday 1.00pm

Show FAQs

Hey all,

with the show rapidly approaching, there have been several questions over the last few evenings while I’ve been on reception that it may be worth sharing more widely…!

Tickets will be available at the rehearsal on Sunday.

Extra rehearsals
You’ll have the list of these already but if not check here. There is a £3 rehearsal fee for all the remaining sessions.

Several parents were anxious about how/when their children will eat on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday. We suggest you sent them with a packed lunch/tea, as there will be opportunities throughout those sessions for them to eat and drink. Someone will likely do a McDonalds run between shows on the Saturday.

You should now have your costumes lists for each class, outlining what you need to provide and what ninja-knitter Nanny Pat is putting together (ok, she sews more than knit, but ninja-sewer doesn’t sound so good… and now I’ve typed it, it reads even worse!!)

If you’re struggling to find flesh-coloured knickers then soak a white pair in tea! No milk or sugar.

Name it: don’t lose it
PLEASE name all your child(ren)’s costumes and whatever else they are bringing 🙂

Closed Rehearsals & Back-Stage Access
Sunday’s rehearsal is a “closed” rehearsal – we need every available space and so parents will not be able to stay unless they have been asked to.
Similarly, there will be no back-stage access for anyone other than approved volunteers. This is primarily for your child(ren)’s safety.

At Seevic…
Children are welcome to bring drinks, snacks and some activities to use between performances, and a named plastic box with everything in makes life 10x easier for everyone, but please avoid chocolate or anything that may melt or stain.  Colouring books are a great idea – but pencils not pens please. Electrical gadgets aren’t recommended, and we cannot accept responsibility for them.

Assume a 6pm arrival at Seevic on Friday night – we’ll clarify this ASAP.

Any other questions?
Please let us know, but do bear in mind that the next ten days are increasingly stressful for Penni and Co.

Additional rehearsals


Monday 29th – 5.30-6.30pm Junior Dance & Grade 1 and above Ballet/Tap/Modern

Saturday 4th – 2.30-4.30pm Senior Dance, Junior Dance & Grade 1 and above BMT