This year’s school production is Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’. In the lead-up to the performance, we will be running a regular feature called ‘Production Diary’. Written by students involved in the production, either as actors or backstage crew, it will detail the rehearsal process, explaining what it is like to be a part of an Isleworth & Syon production. This piece is written by Sammy Standing (8A), the Assistant Stage Manager, and covers Weeks 4 and 5 of the rehearsal process.
In Week 4, we went through the end of the play. At one point, the chorus used a cloth to create the effect of smoke and they were bringing it down on Miss Havisham until she goes off stage, which was a really cool effect!
In this rehearsal, we had to use different techniques like marking the moment, as well as using lots of different props such as the cloth and the boat. Overall the rehearsal went well and we managed to incorporate different skills effectively.
During Week 5, we started the full run through. We managed to get to Act Two with a few small flaws. In this rehearsal, we were mainly finding our cues for each stage of the performance. We had to concentrate and know where the actors had to come off and on.
We used many different techniques such as choral speak and mime. Overall we managed to get through important scenes in the play and although we were just running through it was quite clean and ran very smoothly.
This production, hosted by Isleworth & Syon School in association with the Green School for Girls, will take place on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 December 2014 in the Isleworth & Syon School Hall. Tickets will be available to purchase soon.