Technical Theatre at King's
This year we launched a brand new strand of our popular Performing Arts Scholarship award, as part of our 13+ Drama & Performing Arts offering. Our Performing Arts Scholarship is aimed at those who show exceptional talent and commitment to performing in front of the camera and on stage, whereas the new technical theatre aspect is aimed at those pupils interested in, and able to demonstrate an understanding of, the backstage technical aspects of performance.
Our Head of Drama and Performing Arts, Ms Agg-Manning, knew this year's candidates were going to be special. She very much enjoyed seeing their show reels and portfolios beforehand; the performances on screen making for excellent viewing, with some superb and varied of monologues.
Commenting, she said: "We had extracts from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to Roald Dahl's The Witches. Some performances had me in awe at the complexity of the role, while others had me rolling around laughing at the well portrayed comedy. Seeing dance and singing take centre stage in some show reels was also a treat – both aspects are vital in fulfilling the Performing Arts requirements."
She added: "We had traditional dance pieces from Nigeria through to classic musical theatre pieces, all showing determination, skill and most of all, providing effective entertainment. This is also the first year we had the technical theatre candidates taking part under the Performing Arts umbrella."
The technical theatre interviews gave an opportunity for the performing arts teachers to see the prospective scholars' understanding of – and enthusiasm for – technical theatre. Throughout the interview, pupils were given photographs of scenes from classic productions to evaluate from a technical perspective.
Our Technical Theatre Manager, Mr Hoad, said: "The pupils' abilities to pick up on subtle ways in which the designers had used light and staging to create effects and enhance a scene showed an excellent understanding of technical theatre practice.
It was an extremely difficult day deciphering which candidates would become the next generation of King's College Scholars, as the standard was so high. I am excited to see what next year brings to the Performing Arts Department."
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