5400406 From Page to Stage
Tutor: Andy Chessell
Location: Uppingham School
Budding actors, directors, and theatre technicians - this is your chance not only for a great holiday but also the chance to progress your interest and skills in all things theatre. From Page to Stage offers a week of theatre-based fun and education - with the opportunity to perform, direct or work on sound and lighting in an end of week performance in front of a real, live audience in a real theatre!
In a high-activity week you will learn and work with professionals, ending the week with a performance in a fully equipped theatre with proper sound and lighting - and at the same time you will have enormous fun and make a lot of new friends. It is a busy and exciting week and all you need to bring is enthusiasm. If you also have some skill and experience that’s even better!
A number of subsidised places are available on this course. Please see the Windmill House Trust page for details and qualifying criteria.
What do we do each day?
Each morning you'll be involved in a series of high energy, hands-on, specialist activity workshops, tailored to your needs and designed to develop key theatrical skills. Subjects covered will depend on group interests but the type of subjects will include:
- Stage combat
- Lighting and Sound
In the afternoons you will work with others to devise, act or direct, stage and light your own small group performance, putting into practice what you have learned in the mornings. Throughout the week, whether you’re interested in acting or one of the behind the scenes roles, you’ll be working towards the end result of putting on a show! Also, on one afternoon, we’ll take a trip to a professional theatre such as Curve in Leicester or the Stamford Shakespeare Theatre at Tolethorpe Hall where you will get the chance to have a back stage tour and maybe even meet members of the cast.
As in previous years, the course will end on a real high as you perform your unique show to an eager and enthusiastic audience of family and friends. Whether you’re on stage or operating the lighting, whether you’re an extrovert or shy, you will have your own role in putting on a one-off performance to demonstrate to other people what you and your friends have been doing.
Staff Cast List
The week has been devised and will be led by Andrew Chessell, former Director of Drama at Uppingham School and currently Director of Drama and Rugby School. Andrew has over twenty years’ experience of creating and delivering high-quality performing arts projects in theatre venues, schools and halls across the UK for educational institutes and leading companies that have included the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre. He will be supported by Bex Key, Theatre and Technical Manager at Uppingham Theatre.
Checklist of Course Specific Items to Bring to Uppingham
Please ensure that all clothing, and all other equipment is CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE STUDENT'S NAME
- Clothing - daytime clothing should be comfortable and casual.
- Black trousers or leggings, black shoes suitable for dancing (eg plimsolls) plus a PLAIN bright coloured top (no logos please) for the Final Show.
- Non-residential students should bring a packed lunch each day. Squash and water will be provided at break times.
- Non-Residential Students
Daily registration 9.00am at Uppingham School Theatre (Number 16 on the map). Collection will be at 5.00pm in the same place.
- Residential Students
6.30pm - 7.30pm on Sunday prior to the course. Students should register at the boarding house in which they are staying - details will be confirmed nearer the time. A light supper of sandwiches and cakes will be served on arrival on Sunday evening. Please notify us of any special dietary requirements using the Parental Consent Form.
The Page to Stage Summer School Showcase
- There will be a Final Show at 4.00pm on Friday, which will last for about an hour. Parents and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend.