At Enter CIC we feel it is very important for our young people to get the most out of their time with us. Our young people receive training in all aspects of theatre production. Production skills is high on our list and we currently have a number of students in training at Enter CIC.
At our recent performance of The Wind Road Boys we decided to give our students a lot of responsibility. Working with Enter CIC mentors at the Gala Theatre, Durham, three of our students worked on costume, sound and media. Many would see this as a risk. However, we see this as a learning curve for our young people and they did a fantastic job.
Sean Major (pictured right), currently studying an Arts Award with us ran the sound for the whole show, which is a job usually done by a theatre sound technician. Another student Liam Fellows (pictured bottom right), assisting with backstage operations and media found himself getting involved with stage management.
It was also a great opportunity for Enter student Cameron Gough to be involved with costumes. Assisted by Lauren Dickinson (currently on work experience with Enter CIC) they both provided the whole cast with the costumes for the show, in some cases they made new costumes using a sewing machine and left over material from other costumes and props.
We regularly provide work experience opportunities for our young people in class A theatres. Recently our students have been to the West End to work on Spamalot and to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal working on Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. As a result our students have been asked to participate in further work experience opportunities.
Cameron Gough (pictured left) on work experience at the Playhouse
Theatre in London’s West End.