When and where
Summer School etc will run at Hull New Theatre, Kingston Square, Hull, HU1 3HF from Monday 20 to Friday 24 August and will be open from 08:30 – 17:30 each day.
Rehearsals will run from 09:30 to 16:30 each day, and by signing up for your son/daughter to take part you undertake that they will be present throughout these rehearsals. We will be working to a tight schedule so that we are able to get through as much of the show as possible. Please try to arrive on time, we know that sometimes you may be delayed or unable to attend at all – if this is the case, please let us know on 07977 982 986.
At the end of each day we expect that participants will be collected by their parents/guardians. If your son/daughter is allowed to get home by themselves, or will be going with someone other than yourself – be it a friend or another family member – please let us know in writing.
What to wear
On the first day, everyone will be given a t-shirt. We ask that participants wear it every day. This does several things; it means that everybody looks smart during the sharing, it means that the creative team and chaperones know who they are looking after, on what can be a busy site even in the holiday, and it gives participants something to remember us by.
The Summer School etc will involve dance and drama workshops so tight trousers, jeans and short skirts are not particularly suitable. Participants should wear clothes that they will feel comfortable moving in. If they have dance shoes, they are welcome to wear them but you do not need to go out and buy them to take part; trainers will be fine.
Breaks, food and drinks
There will be a break in the morning and afternoon rehearsal sessions, and a longer break for lunch. Please ensure that students arrive in the morning with the food and drink that they require for the day. It is not our normal practice to allow students off site during break or lunch times; occasionally our rehearsal schedules change so it is better for everybody to stay close.
During these breaks, a team of chaperones will supervise students and it is important that students follow instructions and make sure that whilst they are relaxing and enjoying themselves, they are staying safe. If the weather is nice, students will be able to eat their lunch outside, please send them with any sun cream that they may need. Please make sure that all students bring with them a bottle of water each day. They will be able to refill the bottles if they need to throughout the day.
Due to the risk of allergies we ask that you do not send food containing nuts to the Summer School etc, and we discourage young people from swapping food. We also ask that chewing gum and bubble gum are not brought to the sessions. We thank you for your support.
Each Summer School etc is run by a creative team consisting of a Director, a Musical Director and a Choreographer – all of whom are experienced and skilled practitioners. They are supported by a Chaperone team who make sure that you are safe during break times and lunch time as well as before and after the rehearsals. All of the staff have a full CRB Disclosure and are experienced at working with young people. There is at least one First Aider in each team.
Sometimes, young artists support this team of staff – they are there to help out the staff team and to support the participants’ development. They will probably not be much older than the participants and they will be learning too.
Will I get a part?
On the first morning of the Summer School etc everybody will learn a song from Grease, a short dance routine and will take part in lots of warm up activities.
Everybody who is part of the company for the week has a crucial part to play in the piece; participants will be offered the chance to sing on their own or in small groups as part of the audition process. We will never make anybody do anything that they really don’t want to. The main parts will be allocated by the end of the first day and smaller parts will be given out as the week goes on.
Participants don’t to have any prior experience to take part, and they don’t need to prepare an audition piece. Everyone will sing the same song, which they will learn together, so that everyone gets the same chance to show us what you can do.
At the end of the week we will have a sharing of work. We do not aim for a performance of the whole piece; we do as much as we can with the people who join us and the skills that they bring and develop. There may not be much in the way of costume and there may be few props, but there will be bags of energy and concentration.
We plan for the sharing to take place at 15:00 on Friday, it will be in the Theatre. There is no charge for coming to watch, so please come and support the performers if you can.
We offer two simple options for registering for our Hull event
Via Hull New Theatre