Performing Arts Students Celebrate Triumphant Return to the Stage!

Coleg Llandrillo’s Performing Arts students are celebrating after their latest production came to a triumphant close, the first since the start of the pandemic.

The company of 2021/2022 brought the smash theatre production ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to the college theatre for an exhilarating run in front of appreciative audiences.

This has not only been the first live performance for this group of students since they started their course in September 2020, but also the first time the college’s Alwyn Theatre has welcomed an audience for nearly two years.

The production was put together by a company of over twenty, year-two students. As well as a comprehensive social media marketing campaign, the group were tasked with managing all aspects of the production. Because of the pandemic, a wide range of risk assessments were completed by the team to ensure the safety of the cast and audience alike.

Students began auditioning for roles last September, before developing the project through rehearsals and production meetings. Students also took on a wide range of production roles, in order to achieve a full-scale show.

Coleg Llandrillo principal Lawrence Wood was in attendance on opening night and “thoroughly enjoyed” the performance. He took time out to speak to the students and staff soon after the curtain fell to relay his pride and gratitude to the group on a great first performance.

This performance was supported technically by several first-year students, who only joined the production a week before the first performance, managing the sound, lighting and cueing to a very high standard.

Kyle Whitfield from Colwyn Bay, who played the role of Bottom, said: "Learning a Shakespearian piece is a challenging venture, especially for a first show. It was a rewarding production, and we all felt a large sense of achievement at the final curtain."

Milly Howard from Old Colwyn, who was cast as Titania, added: "I found the entire process so enjoyable, and gained more knowledge and experience of performing on stage."

Jon Crowther, programme leader - Level 3 Performing & Production Arts, said: "The students have had a very challenging and limiting time due to the pandemic, and this project empowered, enthused and engaged all students to give them something to really get their teeth into. We are very proud of their achievement in putting a project of this size together during testing times.”

To find out more about our courses in Performing Arts, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk

Or call the college’s Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.

Email: enquiries.llandrillo@gllm.ac.uk

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