On Wednesday 2 November Maryhill High School’s Year 10 and 11 BTEC Performing Arts students visited The Victoria Hall Theatre for an open day promoting careers in the production side of performing arts.
On arrival we were shown a piece of drama entitled “Night of the Almost Living Dead”. It was rubbish! It seemed that the actors had just been given their scripts, because they had. The rest of the day was about how lighting, sound and make up are used to enhance performances and make them more professional and enjoyable for audiences with high expectations.
We also took part in a workshop on photography from Tony Wooliscroft a highly experienced professional who photographs Foo Fighters and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers on a regular basis. Many of our students overcame their initial camera shyness and became models or photographers.
During the marketing workshop we found ways of advertising the play and encouraging the public to attend it. Fortunately we were not asked to roam the mean streets of downtown Hanley dressed as Peppa Pig as their Marketing Manager had been asked to recently!
Our students had a great time and learnt a lot from hands on experience working with industry professionals in a real theatre with the latest professional equipment. Our students are now fully aware of the variety of jobs backstage in the performing arts and many expressed an interest in working in this exciting area.