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Behind the glitter - a behind the scenes blog

Posted by Rehearsal Room on 23rd Nov 2012 at 11:52 | 2 comments

 A giant gob stopper, headless horses, lots of cow print and glitter everywhere! No – this wasn’t a dream - This was my one week stint behind the scenes on this year’s Playhouse rock ‘n’ roll panto Jack and the Beanstalk. I spent my week working alongside the lovely Stage Management Team (SMT) and watching the multi-talented actors in rehearsals.

I was excited to start by helping to create a giant gob stopper. We began to ‘scrim ‘an exercise ball – I didn’t know what that meant either until this week (It’s like a fancy papier-mâché but instead of paper you use a mesh fabric.) The ball would then be painted in a range of colours and be used on stage, but for what you’ll have to wait and see! I’ve always loved arts and crafts but after a couple of hours sat awkwardly on a cold concrete floor and not being able to drink our cups of tea because our hands were covered in glue we decided to do something else.

Later we started to drill screws into a prop, but let’s just say DIY wasn’t my thing so the SMT changed tactics by heading back into arts and crafts and began covering props in lots and lots of glitter (now I was in my comfort zone!). We added glitter to everything even my phone now has glitter stuck in the speaker. One Panto rule I have learnt this week is that, if you think something is glittery enough, it’s almost definitely not. It was so good to be allowed to add my own ideas to props and voice my thoughts on how things should look, I felt like I was instantly part of the team plus I now have drilling as a new skill under my glittery belt.

My day in rehearsals was spent sitting with the DSM Gemma (once I’d found the very well hidden studio in the pouring rain). I got to see a sneak preview of the opening scenes of the production, it was a really special opportunity to be allowed to see how the cast bring the script to life, the chemistry between characters is brilliant and very funny and what was most amazing was how well they sang, acted, danced and played lots of instruments - I’m now so excited to see the final production it will be fantastic and I am so thankful that I was able to see a glimpse behind the beanstalk.


 Lauren Halsall

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  1. Looking forward to the 6th December...
    Posted by Lars Curley (originator of the Curley Clan) on 23rd Nov 2012 at 23:15 PM
  2. it's panto time! i'm so excited x x x
    Posted by chrissy on 30th Nov 2012 at 11:49 AM
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