Thursday, 29 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Some fab pics above taken in rehearsals today by the lovely Christina! Things still seem to be racing along at a great pace and with such energy, it makes us in the office feel tired just watching them...
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Mark, our photographer, and his assistant Lawrence have been taking group and individual shots all morning for the programme. We've just got the big group shot on the main stage and 6 more group photos to do this afternoon before we're finished, so they'll be done whilst Ed and his creative team run some workshops to help everyone get to know each other and shake off those first-day nerves.
The really hard work starts tomorrow...
Friday, 23 July 2010
Everything is almost in place for Sunday, when all the cast and crew will arrive for their induction tours. Remember that our professional photographer will be here to take your pictures for the show programme, so be sure to have your most award-winning smiles at the ready...
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Role: Stage Manager
About: This is my first Stage Experience. My theatre career started a long time ago and during my career I have been involved with many musicals. I toured large scale musicals all over Britain and Europe, then just prior to starting at the New Theatre I taught stage Management at LAMDA.
What is the first musical you ever saw? The first musical I ever saw was Wild Wild Women at The Theatre Royal Windsor - it was also the first one I worked on.
What is your favourite song from a musical? ‘42nd Street’ from 42nd Street.
Monday, 19 July 2010
If anyone can think of anything we have forgotten to do, please drop us a line and let us know. 6 days and counting...
Friday, 16 July 2010
Role: Chief LX
About: I started 17 years ago as a trainee theatre electrician whilst completing 181 City and Guilds Theatre Electricians course. I then worked at the Apollo Theatre Oxford then the New Theatre Oxford for many years whilst also being a freelance Lighting engineer and rigger for many large out door shows up and down the UK. This will be my 9th stage experience and I'm looking forward to the challenge again.
What is the first musical you ever saw? Cats
What is your favourite song from a musical? ‘Defying Gravity’ (Wicked)
Thursday, 15 July 2010
About: Katie started dancing at the age of 3 and has been in love with the theatre for what seems like forever! She started working at quite a young age, her first part being that of Duffy in Annie, and her biggest part to date was in West Side Story in Leicester. Katie has been teaching for a number of years now and is a regular choreographer for John Spillers.
What is the first musical you ever saw? Hmm, I think it was Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - I went to lots when I was young! My favourite would have to be Saturday Night Fever.
What is your favourite song from a musical? ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked – it’s amazing!
9 days to go... Everyone in the theatre has had their photo taken so that we can be easily identified by all participants, so we're all feeling a little self-conscious today!
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Had a good chat with Katie (Choreographer) and I am looking forward to the read through later, although feeling anxious at the same time so I am going to go for a run and try and shake that off before the read through.
The production schedule is coming along, although it is a logistical nightmare and I have to control the urge to delete all its contents once one thing goes wrong. It shouldn't be a surprise that organising 150+ cast, in several rooms, between several production team members etc is difficult, so maybe I should give myself a break and come back to it in a bit, yes, thats what I'll do.
There are 10 days to go but its a full on Fame week! Meeting with Amy Jackson (Assistant Director) tomorrow and Sam Barton (Production Assistant) on Friday, I have directed Sam for the past two years at OYMT and I am looking forward to working with him on this one from a different perspective. It is one of my favourite things about Stage Experience, the fact that all sorts of people do all sorts of different things, but the show wouldn't happen without all of them. Yes there is a large amount of pressure on us as a production team and the theatre staff, especially Kerry, but we have such an army of people behind us to help keep it smooth and enjoyable, they are worth their weight in gold!
So, will see a small fraction of the cast later and looking forward to it!
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
I know that this doesn't look much like what the kids were wearing in the 1980s but that's because these costumes are for the parts in the show where the students are themselves putting on a production of 'Romeo and Juliet'. So fear not, there will still be leg warmers a-plenty!
12 days to go...
Monday, 12 July 2010
Hope you had good weekends - less than a fortnight to go now, which is brilliant and terrifying at the same time... Most of the principle cast members have been in to collect their scripts so that they can make a good start on learning their lines, and the lovely Gill (more info on her in the next post) is hard at work designing the programme that we'll sell at performances. Our professional photographer Mark Brome will be taking photos of you all at the beginning of Stage Experience to go in there too, so be sure to get one as a fantastic souvenir!
Right more work now - I'll post about Gill a bit later.
About: I started working at the New Theatre at the age of 16, when it was known as the Apollo. Since then I have completed my degree in Musical Theatre, and have worked for a number of theatre companies in the UK and the USA in many different capacities. I enjoyed working on Stage Experience’s production of Bugsy Malone in 2008, and on the theatre master classes in 2009, so I can’t wait to get started with Fame!
First musical ever seen: The first musical I ever saw was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Favourite song from a musical: Ooooh, so many to choose from! I love to listen to ‘Rose’s Turn’ from Gypsy, and I love singing ‘Movie in My Mind’ from Miss Saigon.
Thursday, 8 July 2010
The colours used this year are cerise, aqua, yellow, pink, blue, red, lavender, amber, green, orange, violet, grey, lime, silver and purple - almost enough to rival Joseph and his dreamcoat...
17 days to go...
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Edward performed with the Company of Oliver! in the New Theatre Stage Experience 2006 and is delighted to be back, now at the helm!
As a life long Arsenal FC and England Rugby fan Edward likes nothing more than kicking back with a few mates and catching the game, either at his beloved Emirates Stadium, Twickenham or just on the telly.
Monday, 5 July 2010
Right, we decided this would be a good way to make more backstage info available and to get everyone chatting. Stage Experience 2010 is only 20 days away, and we'll be featuring posts from members of the cast, creative team and crew so that you're all up-to-date on all things FAME...