A musical by Malcolm Sircom
GADS are pleased to acknowledge a grant to support this workshop
from the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation,
via the Cumbria Community Foundation.
17 to 21 August 2015
Gosforth Public Hall
The workshop began on Monday 17th August and was open to anyone aged 8 years or older at the start of the week. There was a performance of the musical "Olivia" at the end of the week on Sat 22 August, which was open to the general public.
Day 1 -
There is never very much to see on day 1 as we really do start with a blank stage and hall. We began with a few games to get to know each other and it was really good to welcome so many new faces. After our famous break for toast, singing practice rounded off the morning and in the afternoon all the parts were allocated. Everyone seemed pretty happy -
Day 2 -
What progress after 2 days. Many know many of their many lines. Lots of costumes tried on and chosen -
Day 3 -
Today we hung two of our back cloths after they dried overnight and set out the final two for painting this afternoon. More rehearsals, more lines, more singing, more toast, more dancing, more costumes, more toast -
Day 4 -
Our first full run through without scripts showed that not everyone knew all of their lines as well as they thought. But no problem -
Day 5 -
Our final day before the big show tomorrow. We began with a full dress rehearsal which started very well but wasn't brilliant. That lasted all morning (no toast!) and after lunch we ran through all the songs again -
The cast need to arrive at 5:30pm, doors open at 6pm, show starts at 6:30pm and there will be a little party afterwards to unwind.
Day 6 -
22 August 2015.
A well deserved day off, an early evening arrival and into costume and make-
Feedback from some of the parents and participants
The show at the end of the week was a great success, made all the more remarkable by the fact that the cast and all the props and scenery were assembled and prepared within a week. The quality of the finished production was a tribute to all involved. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her part in the show and the preparation during the week and judging by the atmosphere after the show, so did everyone else.
The week was really enjoyable. I learned lots of techniques and skills. Can't wait till next years workshop.
The Workshop provides a wonderful experience for local youngsters and offers a really good focus to bring together children from several villages and surrounds, to work together, discovering their talents both on and off the stage. The young Director, Musical Director and Choreographer are all very talented individuals, who inspired the Workshop participants and made the whole week great fun for all.
We are new to the GADS experience and were impressed by the achievements of the children within a week and the fun they had along the way. Our daughter says she was a bit worried at first because she didn't know anyone, but that they soon started working as a team. She says she really had fun and definitely would go again.
It is amazing how much the kids progress year on year.
My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her week and we thoroughly enjoyed the performance. As usual the children surprised me with their ability to get up and perform in front of people and their enjoyment in performing is a joy to see.
And from Musicline -
Olivia is one of our more challenging works so to put it on in a week I'm very impressed, and that's very impressive for the 3 young organisers -