So the Guildhall School summer musical ‘Grand Hotel’ is now in tech rehearsals and students on the Theatre Technology pathway are well ensconced, ensuring that lighting and sound are running smoothly.
Grand Hotel in technical rehearsals in the Guildhall School Silk Street Theatre, 30th June 2014
Lighting ops Martin Wade and Alice Strong (both year 2, see photo below) are busy programming the lighting cues…
Grand Hotel Lighting Op Martin Wade
While Sound Mixing is done by year three student Iain Harvey (see below, mixing on three sound desks at once).
Grand Hotel Sound Mixer Iain Harvey
The summer musical at Guildhall is the last big production in the academic year and pulls together students from across the school (Drama, Music and Technical Theatre). The dramatic and musical performances are ably supported by the technical theatre students who, as well as running the lighting, sound and stage technology, have also built and painted the stunning set, organised and run the stage management and supplied and managed all the costumes.
Grand Hotel opens on 8th July 2014.
So the get in has started for the upcoming summer musical at the Guildhall School, Grand Hotel, and all three Technical Theatre pathways (Theatre Technology, Stage and Costume Management and Design Realisation) are heavily involved.
We managed to capture day one of the ‘get-in’ which shows a wonderful montage of how each area is doing their bit for the production. The opening shows the beautiful floor that the scenic artists have painted for the hotel foyer, followed by the sound, lighting and production management teams rigging for the show. The day is intersperced with group meetings, teaching and instruction, breaks (ok so we edited some of these out), and a wide array of activities that show just how involved and interesting these days can be for the Technical Theatre students here at the Guildhall School. The get-in will continue all this week and we’ll try and update you as often as we can. If you’d like to find out more about the School and it’s Technical Theatre pathways check out the links on this blog.
The fit up for the upcoming musical Grand Hotel is well under way and the sound team have had a productive day rigging, plugging and listening under the keen instructive eye of freelance sound designer Colin Pink. Colin, himself a Guildhall graduate, has designed and operated sound for many large events across the world such as the 2012 London Olympics and many other famous events and shows. The sound team assigned to Grand Hotel ranges across all three years of the Theatre Technology pathway and today benefitted significantly from helping Colin set up the show and listening to his informed and experienced instruction at the mixing consoles.
Colin (far left) made a special effort to ensure that all the team kept up with the various developments in the sound set up, with experienced insight on patching, speaker delay times and creative equalisation, all building towards the upcoming technical rehearsals starting in a few days time.
Grand Hotel runs from the 8th to the 16th of July.
Tickets are available here.
See below for more Year One Lighting Design videos…
So the Year 1 Theatre Technology Lighting Designs are complete and here we have three short videos of the finished products (and a few more photos, because they’re nice).
The current first year Theatre Technology students have been hard at work for the past couple of weeks working with Lighting Design Tutor Nick Peel. Lighting Design is a popular aspect of the pathway and Nick introduces them to the creative, practical and technical aspects of the process through mini projects set up in the Theatre Technology Lab in Silk Street. Nick’s specially constructed mini lighting rig has a wide variety of different lamps that allows the students to create interesting designs using a variety of props and staging.
Check out (year one student) Mat Ferguson’s photos below for some of the highlights.
Rory and Bree play with the paper mach to make the props…
…while Louise rigs the lights.
The boys have discovered a magic glowing box! (The cable gives it away…)
While Josh seems to be tree-hugging? We’ll ask him later…
Some of the props laid out.
And beautifully lit…
This year’s Graduate Exhibition for all the 3rd year Technical Theatre students has just opened in the Milton Court Studio Theatre and there is an impressive array of work on show. The Theatre Technology students’ work covers all the various skill bases that they are taught across the three year programme –
Here we see Max Narula’s presentation of his numerous lighting designs from this year’s shows.
Below is Will Newman’s dancing puppet that he automated with the computer controlled automation in the Milton Court Theatre earlier this year.
Sound & Video
Here we see Anna Newton’s Hippotiser Programming and Sound Files and Gwylum Hew’s Video Designs.
Joe Morgan has examples from the various shows he Production Managed this year.
These are just a brief sample of the work on show so head down to the Studio Theatre at Milton Court this week to get the grand tour of all the work from Theatre Technology, Stage & Costume Management and Design Realisation.