Merry Christmas!

A Christmas Show in May? Only in Opera! Our students have been keeping cool during the recent heat wave by working on the latest Opera Double Bill; “The Long Christmas Dinner” and “A Dinner Engagement”. This 2-in-one show features a large Victorian kitchen, which comes with a whole host of challenges for out students to get their teeth into.

Its easy to think that the whole show revolves around the set, and in this case, you’d be almost right (sort of…). The design included a central revolve, which gave our students an opportunity to get a more rounded experience of Construction.

The first step was to create a frame that would fit around the mechanism and act as a solid platform for the actors to perform on, whilst still allowing the set to move. Once this had all been assembled and surrounded by steel deck to create a complete stage area, planks of wood (painted and textured by the scenic art team) were nailed down on top. Finally, when everything was in place, and the centre of the circle had been found, the Construction team created a jig so a perfect circle could be cut into the floor. We only had one shot, and thankfully, all the measuring and double checking paid off, giving us own little merry-go-round!


Ever wondered how to make a circular frame out of wood?




Are we doing Opera or Wizard of Oz?


Taking a more circular route

Meanwhile, in Props, the students have been doing a bit of construction of their own. After all, how are you supposed to have loads of food if there’s nothing to cook it in?


Spike’s been addressing the lack of storage…


While Libby’s been going into aga-nising detail on her oven

And finally, Scenic Art have been brushing up on their Spray painting skills, using the airline to add layers of light washes to the flats to get that authentic, slightly grubby look. A similar wash was added to the various cupboards, cabinets and fittings along with a crackle glaze, to again create a certain ‘homely’ feel.


Might be a bit of a height problem…


Solved it!


A View From The (Paint) Bridge

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