New Theatre Opens
12th Jul 2016
New Theatre Opens
Manor Community Academy's new Theatre officially opened on the 12th of July with its Sold Out production of Then Now Forever.
Then Now Forever
When we knew we were moving into our new building with a fantastic theatre space we decided that we wanted to create a production and invite some of our alumni back to welcome them into the new building too as they are obviously still part of the ♯ManorFamily!
The concept of Then, Now, Forever was born and the staff reminisced over some of their favourite productions and songs to decide on the running order. Once we realised that this would mean a production lasting roughly three weeks we pared things down and produced the running order.
Alumni were contacted and availability was confirmed. Some of our ex students were still studying; James William-Pattison & Christopher Miller (using their new equity names rather than James Pattison and Chris Hodgson as we know them) were still at Mountview and Lewis McBean, although he had graduated from GSA (1st class Honours) had an audition. Many others were available or could make themselves available for at least one of the evenings (Ashleigh Page drove from Bradford where she teaches).
Mrs Savage decided to create a dance group for Elite Primary Dancers and they rehearsed for two months or so at Manor ranging in age from Y3-Y6 whilst Mrs Cole worked with Y3-5 from Fens Primary to create a number from Joseph & his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mr Dixon who used to teach music was available and in the country so a revival of Rent was due for the old choir who had visited New York in 2006 and Hannah Marram and Callum Rayment were able to perform and choreograph for us on their return from Laine Theatre Arts in London.
The two evenings were a great success and each moment was outstanding. We had two packed audiences (with the new bistro available during the interval and before the show) who were amazed by the talent on the stage. From the youngest at 8 years old to the oldest (Mr Aston!!!), everyone sang/danced/acted their hearts out and produced an amazing evening of entertainment.
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