Preston's College Amphitheatre Gets Boost
Jun, 21 2021
Hit musicals often need larger outdoor spaces to perform the show to it’s full capacity. It enables all involved to create a bigger impact both with those they are interacting with on stage and the relationship they have with the audience.
In 1987, the amphitheatre was built at Preston’s College. Over the years it has managed to pull off some memorable show tunes yet recently it has undergone some renovation work carried out by the College’s construction learners to get it show ready. All involved have helped to build the sets.
The show in question is the hit musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It will be performed by the College’s Musical Theatre Training Academy learners for their end of year show.
Jane Tudor, Head of School for Visual and Performing Arts expressed her appreciation to everyone who contributed in bringing the amphitheatre alive again,
“ The amphitheatre is a unique performing space and we are so grateful to the construction learners and staff who have helped us get the area ready by completing renovations and building sets. A special mention is also needed for our Estates team who have done a tremendous job cleaning the area. It is a remarkable location for our end of year show”.
The actors and actresses will uniquely interpret the Victor Hugo novel in the wide open space. It will include songs from the Disney film with music accompanied by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
The amphitheatre acts as the perfect setting for the gothic tale. The students are really excited to bring the show to the public domain despite recent circumstances making it difficult to practice line learning and dance routines as Leisl Cook and Harriet Hargreaves who play the lead roles of Quasimodo and Esmeralda explain,
“ This year, the pandemic has made auditioning, rehearsing and performing challenging, but we’ve been supported every step of the way by our amazing tutors. We’re really excited to perform this classic story and thrilled that the show has sold out”.
Preston’s College enrols young and mature students every year to start an academic course of their choice in the autumn. If you wish to pursue a performing arts course simply contact the following number - 01772 22 55 22 and they will direct you to the appropriate course based on your past or recent experience on the subject you intend to pursue.
The staff are friendly and approachable and they want you to succeed so try Preston’s College today, you won’t look back!
^Alex Ashworth CCG Art Blogger