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Performing Arts department to host week of events showcasing first term's work

Oct 16, 2015

Performing Arts department to host week of events showcasing first term's work

Nescot’s Performing Arts department is holding a week of events to showcase the students’ work during the first term of the year.

The Winter Festival will be held at the college from November 30 to December 4, with performances from the Level 2, 3 and Higher Education students.

The extravaganza opens with a selection of Shakespeare monologues on the Monday and closes with a Friday jazz night, with midweek shows including pieces written and performed by the students.

“The Winter Festival is a great opportunity for the students to show their families and friends what they’ve been working on so far this year,” said Section Leader Gavin Maxwell.

“We’ve got a very diverse programme, so we’re confident everyone will find something that appeals to them. Rehearsals are going well and we’re all really looking forward to the festival.”

Shows will be held in the main theatre, on the ground floor of the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) building, and in the studio, the new intimate venue on the first floor.

Monday November 30

Monologues (free)
Shows at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm in the main theatre
Second-year Level 3 students will perform monologues from Shakespeare plays including Othello, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.

Scrawl (Pay what it’s worth)
7.30pm in the main theatre
The first-year HND students are presenting pieces they have written themselves, which include comedy sketches, scenes and monologues. The pieces are varied, and the students will welcome feedback to help them develop their writing.

Tuesday December 1

Group songs and dance rep (free)
From 12.30pm in the first-floor studio
First-year Level 3 students will present When I Grow Up from Matilda the Musical, and In Broad Daylight from The Trench. The second-years will present work inspired by Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances.

Grimm’s Tales (tickets £3)
6pm in the first-floor studio
Level 2 students will present their version of some of the most well-known fairytales, including Ashputtle, Toby and the Wolf, and Beauty and the Beast.

Second Star on the Right (tickets £5)
7.30pm in the main theatre
Second-year HND students have been touring primary schools to perform this retelling of the classic tale of childhood, imagination and friendship. This version puts the character of Wendy as the main focus, and celebrates the lost boy and the pirate in each of us.

Wednesday December 2

Costume Calvalcade (free)
12.30pm in the first-floor studio
The Level 2 students present costumes they have designed and created from recycled materials.

Contemporary monologues (free)
Shows at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm in the first-floor studio
The second-year Level 3 students present monologues from contemporary plays including Boys, Bitch Boxer, Private Peaceful, DNA and Random.

12 Weeks Later (tickets £5)
7.30pm in the main theatre
A selection of work from across the department from the first 12 weeks of the term, the show will include acting, singing and dance.

Thursday December 3

Choreography showcase (free entry)
Shows at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm in the first-floor studio
The first and second-year Level 3 students will present their own choreography.

Monologue Slam (free entry)
7.30pm in the main theatre
This industry-based event will see selected members of the Level 3 and HND companies perform monologues against each other in a competitive setting to a panel of professionals from the performing arts industry.

Friday December 4

Contemporary Bites (free entry)
Shows at 11am and 11.45am in the main theatre
The Year 2 company presents scenes from contemporary plays.

Singing Rep (free entry)
Shows at 4pm and 5pm in the first-floor studio
The second-year Level 3 students present their singing repertoire, which they’ve been preparing for auditions.

Jazz night (tickets £5)
7.30pm in the main theatre
Round off the week with an evening of jazz songs and entertainment in a more relaxed and informal setting.

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