Theatre lightning for school productions

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Setting up a school production is a big task. There are so many things that create a successful set including the stage set up, music list and stage lighting. One of the most crucial parts is getting the lighting right. This part can make a big difference to any performance whether its musical, comedy or drama. To help you set up the best lighting, we’ve got some useful tips below.

Lighting Equipment

Before getting started with setting up your lighting plan, it’s crucial to learn more about the current lighting equipment that’s already in place. Find out what each device can do and if they are still intact. Once you know how to use the equipment, you will then be able to plan out the perfect lighting setup for the performance. If you find that some device is not working, you may then look into a better replacement.

Light Patterns

You can also add lighting accessories including pattern attachments to create different kinds of patterns through your lighting. There are plenty of shapes that you can incorporate to match with your upcoming show. Shapes including animal patterns and even weather shapes.

Different Colours

Different light colours will be useful for setting various kinds of moods during the play. You can use dark colours and bright colours to portray the mood you’re looking to present. If you’re looking for a cheaper option for lighting colours, you can buy different coloured filters for your current lighting.

Add Special Effects

There are various systems that you can add as a special effect with your lighting. For instance, you can incorporate a bubble system and even a fog machine with your lightings to create different effects. There are even movement tools that you can use for moving your lights around the stage.

The Return of Nativity Plays in Schools

Nativity Plays

Christmas tends to be a huge talking point in primary schools, not least because it provides a great opportunity to get children engaged with new and exciting activities. School nativity plays have been a staple of many school calendars for decades, although over the past 10 to 15 years it hasn’t necessarily been quite as traditional as it used to be.

As the religious significance of Christmas and even the nativity story itself has been dulled over the years, many end-of-year school plays started to become more varied and generic. Much of this shift has been put down to being more inclusive for children who don’t come from Christian backgrounds. Many of these alternative Christmas plays for schools would be focused around other, more modern festive characters such as reindeer, snowmen, elves and so on.

However, recently there has apparently been more of an interest in the more traditional religious stories instead. Companies that produce and sell nativity plays for schools, usually offering traditional and non-religious options, have reported over the past few years that stories based on the birth of Christ have significantly risen in popularity again. On average, these traditional nativities have increased in popularity by up to 25% over the past few years. Continue reading The Return of Nativity Plays in Schools

8 Helpful Hints for KS2 Christmas Musicals

School Production

Here are some tips and ideas for putting on a Christmas show for kids:

1. Numerous schools do entire school plays and singing. I need to say that ordinarily, guardians are more satisfied when every class does a piece independently. They know when their youngster is going ahead, and can see their tyke perform without vast hordes of understudies. This way every class is given its opportunity to sparkle. There is dependably a considerable measure of assortment like this, so the guardians don’t get exhausted.

2. Keep it short! This is simpler for you and the possibility of it going easily are expanded. Keep the entire show between 40 minutes and 60 minutes, if conceivable. Attempt to have the slightest conceivable time between ‘acts’, as well.

3. Keep it basic, particularly with the more youthful kids.

4. Charming is great! If you can have the guardians chuckling or wiping tears from their eyes that’s a victory.

5. Do what your class (and you) are great at. On the off chance that you sing a considerable measure with your class, sing in the show. If You do the verse and choral discourse, do that. If you move in PE, that is an alternative. Doing something that you don’t normally do makes it a great deal more troublesome. Continue reading 8 Helpful Hints for KS2 Christmas Musicals