Rebels + Rulers - June 2019

24th June 2019

I would like to begin by saying how impressed I have been with your children's behaviour over the past 3 Sunday rehearsals.

They have listened and worked hard. This is of course in part down to the amazing chaperones however I wanted to let you know that I am very proud of them.

SHOW TIMINGS

Many of you have been asking about this and I had not planned on giving out official times until after Wednesday's dress rehearsal.

This was because I wanted to see how long was required to get the children ready (some will need hair/make up done, others won't as you may do it at home) so that no one was at the theatre unnecessarily.

However, as it does not seem that it's possible to wait until then please see below:

DROP OFF
Thursday, Friday + Saturday evenings
JUNIOR + BEG STREET: 6.30pm
HOP, SKIP, JUMP + PRIMARY BALLET (Hedgehogs): 6.15pm
REST OF SCHOOL: 6pm
SECOND HALF ONLY: If your child will need help getting their hair and make up done, they will need to arrive at 6pm regardless of the fact that they are not in the 1st half. Chaperones will not have time to help them whilst the show is on as they will be busy changing other students. If you/they are going to do their hair and make up they can arrive at 7pm.

Saturday Matinee
JUNIOR + BEG STREET: 2.30pm
HOP, SKIP, JUMP + PRIMARY BALLET: 2.15pm
REST OF SCHOOL: 2pm
SECOND HALF ONLY: If your child will need help getting their hair and make up done, they will need to arrive at 2pm regardless of the fact that they are not in the 1st half. Chaperones will not have time to help them whilst the show is on as they will be busy changing other students. If you/they are going to do their hair and make up they can arrive at 3pm.

PICK UP
Thursday, Friday + Saturday evenings
1st half only: 
7.55pm APPROXIMATELY - we cannot account for delays during the show and your child will need to get their things together from the dressing room before being signed out.
2nd half: 
8.45pm APPROXIMATELY - we cannot account for delays during the show and your child will need to get their things together from the dressing room before being signed out.

Saturday Matinee
1st half only: 
3.55pm APPROXIMATELY - we cannot account for delays during the show and your child will need to get their things together from the dressing room before being signed out.
2nd half: 
4.45pm APPROXIMATELY - we cannot account for delays during the show and your child will need to get their things together from the dressing room before being signed out.

BETWEEN SHOWS ON SATURDAY
Depending on how much of the show your child is in, they will have a maximum of 2.5 hrs and a minimum of 1 hour between the shows.

Please pick them up and either stay in the grounds or take them home etc so they - and the chaperones - can have a break. If this is really not possible, please let us know and we will try and make an arrangement.

PICKING UP WHEN YOU ARE WATCHING THE SHOW
If your child is in the 1st half only and you are watching the show, please sign them out during the interval and then they can watch the 2nd half of the show sitting at the front on the floor. Please do not allow them to sit with you (unless on your lap) as this will be taking up one of the (very sought after!) seats.

If you do not pick up your child at the interval, they will be taken to the auditorium to watch the 2nd half and will not be able to be picked up until the end of the show.

TICKETS
Thanks to those of you offering tickets on the Facebook page - it seems that some of you are now sorted which is great.

I have been asked by a few people about 'resales' of tickets from those watching the 1st half only.

I don't really wish to encourage staying for the 1st half only as this a little disheartening for those in the 2nd half and it means you don't get to see the older students dances and what can be achieved as your children progress up the school.

I understand that there are later nights than usual for some of your children which was part of the reason for doing a matinee. It was my hope that parents of younger children could watch this show and their children could also come in and watch the 2nd half.

We will be giving out our end of year prizes on Saturday at the end of the matinee (the Beginner prizes) and at the end of the evening performance (rest of school) as well.

I cannot stop you leaving at the 1st half and of course passing on your ticket to someone that wants to see the 2nd half would prevent the empty seat situation for those performers in the 2nd half. 

However, this is not something I can organise officially. All backstage and front of house is run by volunteers, family and friends who already have enough to do. If you want to arrange giving your ticket to someone else please do so via the Facebook page.

If you are someone that gets a ticket for the 2nd half, I hope you will consider giving the person that has given it to you some money towards the ticket and/or donating to the charity. You will be able to do the latter on the night you attend by giving cash to those selling programmes.

Another thing to consider if you are watching the 2nd half only is that seating is unallocated and therefore if you take a seat, it may be one someone else considers 'theirs' having sat in it during the 1st half.

If by tomorrow evening you still do not have a ticket to any show, please email me (jo@cliffordstudios.co.uk). By this I mean those of you that have no tickets at all; not those of you who want extra tickets or to swap tickets.

FILMING + PHOTOGRAPH TAKING
There will be an announcement at the start of each show that the filming or taking of photographs is not permitted.

We will be filming the show so you can just enjoy it rather than watching it through your phones.

I would really appreciate your cooperation in this.

20th June 2019

Please find below updated list for SUNDAY 23rd JUNE rehearsal at the THEATRE, along with updated costume lists for 1st half and 2nd half.

Please note there are NO COSTUMES to be worn this Sunday. Just regular uniform. Please bring tap shoes/ballet shoes etc but no costumes/boxes.

17th June 2019

Thanks for all your support the last 2 Sundays - we've had positive feedback that the children have been enjoying the rehearsal experience which is great.

The next step is a NON COSTUME rehearsal at the theatre on Sunday.

This is so that the children can familiarise themselves with the space as well as their entrances and exits. You have been given your times for this rehearsal already and if you have lost the email, please check the schedule a few posts down.

Directions and information on how to get to and from the theatre are below.

TECH + DRESS

Please find below the schedule for the TECH + DRESS rehearsals next Tuesday and Wednesday at the theatre.

For those that don't know, the Tuesday TECH is where the lighting and stage management team at the theatre work with us to set the lighting, music and projection cues. This takes a while to get right, hence this rehearsal being longer than the dress rehearsal.

Students still need to have their costumes and hair done so we can see which lights work with the colours of the costumes, and so they can continue to get used to dancing in something different to their usual uniform.

Students will be able to leave their costumes at the theatre from Tuesday onwards but will take their boxes home each night to wash tights/underwear etc.

The Wednesday DRESS rehearsal will be as close to real time as possible and the children will be in full hair and make up (where applicable). This rehearsal will be filmed (as will one of the performances) and photographs taken during the rehearsal.

You will see from the Wednesday schedule that, if you require chaperones to do your child's hair and make up, that you need to drop the off 15 mins EARLIER than the stated time. 

In order to help the chaperones as much as possible, we have put together hair and makeup tutorial videos so that you can do both at home if you feel capable.

If are not confident then please arrive earlier so chaperones and helpers can get everyone ready on time. The later we start each rehearsal, the later the end time and we know you don't want to be waiting around outside.

MAKE UP

None required for : Hop (Lions), Skip (Elephants), Beg + Jnr Street (Bad)

Video 1: Make up requirements for Primary Ballet (Hedgehogs) and JUMP (Zebras):
Pink blusher - bright to be seen by audience members in back row!
Red lipstick

Video 2: Make up requirements for Grade 1 - 4
Foundation - this should be a shade darker than skin tone as the idea is for the students not to look washed out under the lights
Powder - as above
Pink blusher - bright; to be seen by audience members in back row!
Red lipstick
Light brown/bronze eyeshadow
Black liquid eyeliner
Black mascara

Video 3: Make up requirements for Grade 5 +
Foundation - this should be a shade darker than skin tone as the idea is for the students not to look washed out under the lights
Concealer - as above
Powder - as above
Pink blusher - bright; to be seen by audience members in back row!
Red lipstick
Brown/bronze eyeshadow
White eyeshadow
Black liquid eyeliner
Black mascara
Eyebrow definition powder

The look is not 'natural' it is theatrical, so that under the lights, the students look 'natural'.

HAIR

Video 4: Bun tutorial - please remember this needs to be a HIGH bun rather than a traditional ballet bun. 

SNACKS/FOOD/DRINK

Rules for these are as the rehearsals. Along with any 'entertainment' being brought along.

We want to minimise snacks/drinks as much as possible however some children are due at theatre straight from school until after their regular 'dinner' time. Therefore some food will be required. 

It is VERY IMPORTANT that any food is NUT FREE as we have several students with serious allergies.

Only water is allowed and please avoid anything sticky or that can stain.

If your children are at the theatre for less than 2 hrs please do not send food with them.

Many thanks,

Jo and Team

10th June 2019 - update #2

Our second half dress rehearsal takes place this weekend and we hope it will go as well as the first half did.

The timings were emailed a few weeks ago and if you need to check, scroll down to the schedule below. The time sheet is password protected and the password is in your emails.

We will be rehearsing the FINALE this Sunday so if your child is only in that dance, please be sure they bring the costume they are wearing for the finale - your children know this and, if they don't, they will be reminded at the finale rehearsal on Saturday!

PREPARATION BEFORE SUNDAY 16th REHEARSAL:

You all now have your costumes. 

Attached is a sheet detailing the costume and hair requirements for the second half. (Some requirements may change once we see the costumes and children all together on Sunday).

Cells highlighted in BLUE mean these items are hired and therefore should be labelled in a non permanent way. For shoes this means a sticker on the inside and for clothing this means on a hanger, with the hanger labelled with your child's name.

PLEASE LABEL YOUR COSTUMES.

With 115 children and 250 costumes that look the same but are different sizes, you can imagine the stress any loss will cause!

Costumes
These should be hung on 1 hanger per dance and labelled.

Shoes, accessories + hairbrush/pins
These should be put into a SHOW BOX rather than a bag. This box should be labelled with your child's name. There is very little space both at the theatre and at Kitson Hall for rehearsals so this is very important.

Example
if your child is in Can Can and Queen they will arrive with 2 hangers; one for Can Can (labelled) with their skirt on it. They will then have a separate hanger (also labelled) for their catsuit/dress/jeans + vest/joggers+vest for Queen. In their box will be their tap shoes, tights and leotard as well as their hairbrush/pins etc. (I have the roses and clips listed for Can Can/Tango and will give these out on Sunday.)

Hair Requirements
This is a neat high bun for all. Buns are secured in place with pins and a net. Grips are used to keep flyaways off face.

All these items can be purchased at the studio along with a Pin Pouch to keep it all in.

If your bun skills are in need of improvement, chaperones CAN do hair however you need to provide all the hair accessories; hairbands, brush, pins, grips, net and spray/gel. This will also add time to the preparation backstage and will mean children need to be dropped off earlier when it comes to the shows themselves.

Underwear
As with all shows and exams, there should be no visible underwear or underwear lines. If your child needs to wear underwear then please purchase seam-free knickers (sold at the studio) and an appropriate bra if required (also sold at the studio). Please remember it is up to you/your child if they wear underwear - it is not compulsory!

We also sell bodystockings which are essentially skin coloured 'swimsuits' that students can wear throughout the show - this will be most useful for students in several dances with quick changes.

Drinks, snacks + entertainment
Only water is permitted to prevent any stickiness or spillages on costumes. 

Only children staying for 4 hours should require any food and, if you do send any snacks, please keep them to a minimum. They need to be nut free and non messy.

Please send books/quiet games/sticker books and NO ELECTRONICS. We cannot be responsible for damage to these. Coloured pencils are fine but please do not send any coloured pens. Please also choose one item for 'entertainment'.

ON SUNDAY:

Please do not arrive in costume; except if your first costume is leotard/leggings. Your child can of course be wearing their show underwear/tights. 

Please send your child in a zip up top or cardigan rather than a jumper so that it can be easily slipped over costumes if waiting around and save hair from being ruined.

Please send your child with their hair done where possible.

The foyer at Kitson Hall is being used as a changing area so do not try and enter through the main doors as usual.

Instead look to the left where there will be a signing in table manned by one of our kind volunteers. Here you will sign in your child and be told a) which group they are in b) where that group is changing and c) their chaperones names.

Students will be left by their parents at the signing in table and will go and find their chaperones themselves. PLEASE NOTE: children in the finale only, whose chaperones will not be there on Sunday, will be looked after by AJ this week.

If children arrive with large bags, chaperones will send the children back to you with them to take home.

Children will be collected from this same point - please do not try and come into the hall but instead wait for your children to be brought to you by their chaperone. You will then need to sign them out. Any messages specific to your child will be delivered at this point and any general notes for all will be sent on Monday.

Thank you for taking the time to read all the information as this will result in a stress-free and enjoyable time for your children on Sunday.

Many thanks,

Jo and Team

10th June 2019

After yesterday’s successful rehearsal, the following notes have been sent out to you via email along with an updated costume list that can also be found below.

Many thanks!

Notes for Parents:

  • No jewellery - cover ears with plasters if can’t take earrings out.

  • No nail varnish on fingers or toes.

  • UNDERWEAR:
    There were a lot of children with very visible underwear. Especially the Beginners. It is fine NOT to wear any at all in the costumes but if your child wants to, it has to be a specific dance pair that can either be purchased from the studio or anywhere else that sells seam free high cut briefs. Please refer to the email sent on Monday 4th/below with further options for underwear.

  • BUNS:
    If you are doing your child’s bun it needs to be high so that we can see the hair accessories such as bows etc. If you are NOT doing hair you must send your child with the FULL KIT for the chaperones to be able to do it for your. Please refer to the email sent on Monday 4th/below for details.

  • HOP, SKIP + JUMP:
    Please refer to your costume list with regard to socks and the colour required as many had either no socks or the wrong colour.

  • FROZEN TUNICS:
    If you have unpicked yours, please add a popper or Velcro as per the email. The tunics slide off their shoulders otherwise and then they are pushing them back up instead of dancing.

  • BEG/JNR STREET:
    Hair in a high ponytail with GRIPS not clips - hairbands same colour as hair and spray/gel as per other hair requirements. No socks to be worn with shoes on the night but can be worn during rehearsals.

  • TAP SHOES:
    All tap children up to Grade 2 need to have elastic in their tap shoes so that they can put them on themselves, quickly.

  • NAME LABELS:
    Please can we reiterate the naming of items - there is a lot going on behind the scenes and we need to make it as easy as possible for the chaperones who have volunteered to help and are trying to get the children ready quickly!

4th June 2019

PREPARATION BEFORE SUNDAY 9th REHEARSAL

Most of you have been delivered your costumes now. If you have made payments over half term or this week we will try to get your costumes to you at classes this week OR we will give them to your child's chaperone so they can wear them on Sunday. 

Attached is a sheet detailing the costume and hair requirements for the first half. (Some requirements may change once we see the costumes and children all together on Sunday).

Cells highlighted in BLUE mean these items are hired and therefore should be labelled in a non permanent way. For shoes this means a sticker on the inside and for clothing this means on a hanger, with the hanger labelled with your child's name.

PLEASE LABEL YOUR COSTUMES.

With 115 children and 250 costumes that look the same but are different sizes, you can imagine the stress any loss will cause!

Costumes
These should be hung on 1 hanger per dance and labelled.

Shoes, accessories + hairbrush/pins
These should be put into a SHOW BOX rather than a bag. This box should be labelled with your child's name. There is very little space both at the theatre and at Kitson Hall for rehearsals so this is very important.

Example
If your child is in Frozen and The Lion King they will arrive with 2 hangers; one for The Lion King (labelled) with their dress/tutu on it and their tail. They will then have a separate hanger (also labelled) for their tutu/tunic for Frozen. In their box will be their tap shoes and ballet shoes (if needed), socks and/or tights as well as their ears and hairbrush/pins etc. (I have the scrunchie listed for Frozen and will give these out on Saturday/Sunday.)

Hair Requirements
This is a neat high bun for all. Buns are secured in place with pins and a net.

Grips are used to keep flyaways off face.

All these items can be purchased at the studio along with a Pin Pouch to keep it all in. (We have new pouches in pastel colours arriving today for your children to choose from!)

If your bun skills are in need of improvement, chaperones CAN do hair however you need to provide all the hair accessories; hairbands, brush, pins, grips, net and spray/gel. This will also add time to the preparation backstage and will mean children need to be dropped off earlier when it comes to the shows themselves.

Underwear
As with all shows and exams, there should be no visible underwear or underwear lines. If your child needs to wear underwear then please purchase seam-free knickers (sold at the studio) and an appropriate bra if required (also sold at the studio).

We also sell bodystockings which are essentially skin coloured 'swimsuits' that students can wear throughout the show - this will be most useful for students in several dances with quick changes.

Drinks, snacks + entertainment
Only water is permitted to prevent any stickiness or spillages on costumes. 

Only children staying for 4 hours should require any food and, if you do send any snacks, please keep them to a minimum. They need to be nut free and non messy.

Please send books/quiet games/sticker books and NO ELECTRONICS. We cannot be responsible for damage to these. Coloured pencils are fine but please do not send any coloured pens. Please also choose one item for 'entertainment'.

ON SUNDAY

Please do not arrive in costume; except if your first costume is leotard/leggings. Your child can of course be wearing their show underwear/tights. 

Please send your child in a zip up top or cardigan rather than a jumper so that it can be easily slipped over costumes if waiting around and save hair from being ruined.

Please send your child with their hair done where possible.

The foyer at Kitson Hall is being used as a changing area so do not try and enter through the main doors as usual.

Instead look to the left where there will be a signing in table manned by one of our kind volunteers. Here you will sign in your child and be told a) which group they are in b) where that group is changing and c) their chaperones names.

Beginners (those arriving at 2.30) will be taken to their area by their parents. Please drop off your child quickly and leave promptly. In order to keep to time and get your children out by 4.30pm we need to get them ready asap. 

Juniors and upwards (those arriving at 2.15) will be left by their parents at the signing in table and will go and find their chaperones themselves.

If children arrive with large bags, chaperones will send the children back to you with them to take home.

Children will be collected from this same point - please do not try and come into the hall but instead wait for your children to be brought to you by their chaperone. You will then need to sign them out. Any messages specific to your child will be delivered at this point and any general notes for all will be sent on Monday.

Thank you for taking the time to read all the information as this will result in a stress-free and enjoyable time for your children on Sunday.

May 2019

Rehearsal Schedule

Please find below the rehearsal timetable for Sundays 9th, 16th and 23rd June.

Important details to note:

1) Sunday 9th (1st half) and Sunday 16th (2nd half) take place at Kitson Hall. Sunday 23rd takes place at the Michaelis Theatre, Roehampton.

2) Please do not be alarmed at the time your child is scheduled for - they will not be dancing for this amount of time! Especially the 9th + 16th June. The purpose of these rehearsals is to check that the costumes look right as a group, that there is enough time between dances for students to change before their next dance and for chaperones to get to know the children they are looking after and their requirements. We also need to ensure set and scenery changes can take place as well as the technical requirements. 

3) I have scheduled these rehearsals to avoid keeping your children for longer than necessary so please arrive on time so we can stick to the tight schedule.

4) Sunday 23rd - if there is a note by your child's name saying that they have a break, you are welcome to collect them and bring them back during this time. You just need to let your child's chaperone know on the day that you are doing this. Then the chaperone can bring them to the stage door for you to collect them. It is also perfectly fine for them to stay at the theatre for the duration.

5) I cannot let you know what time they will be required on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th or for the shows themselves yet. This will depend on how long the chaperones need to get all 120 children ready as well as how the dances go. If you can get your child's hair into a neat bun and not all children require their hair to be done by a chaperone then we won't need the children as early. If some dances need more work I will require those children earlier. I will get you the information as soon as possible I promise!

6) The rehearsal schedule is password protected due to GDPR. The password was sent in the email on Monday 20th May.

May 2019

Tickets

This year we have outsourced the ticket sales to an online third party; Stage Stubs.  To buy tickets, click the link below but do read the following information carefully before making your purchases:

1) Interval drinks ARE INCLUDED in the ticket price of £15.00.
2) The show is non profit with any proceeds going to The Trussell Trust.
3) There are no child tickets this time as we can’t have the additional seating. Think of it like plane tickets - if they need a seat then you need to buy them one. If you’re happy for them to sit on your lap that’s fine!
4) Seats are unallocated at the theatre so no need to consider where to sit at this stage.

The Charity

The aim of The Trussell Trust is to end hunger and poverty in the UK. 

More than 14 million people in this country are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children.

The Trussell Trust support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis. They also support people in resolving the crises they face. Between April 2018 and March 2019, food banks in their network provided a record 1.6 million food supplies; a 19% increase on the previous year.

TT also bring together the experiences of food banks in their network to challenge the structural economic issues that lock people in poverty, and campaign to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Let's aim to sell out all 4 performances and raise as much money as possible for this excellent organisation.


April 2019

Please sign up below if your child is available to rehearse at Castelnau Community Centre on the following days and would like to be part of the finale.

Saturday 18th May - 2.45 - 3.45pm
Saturday 8th June - 2.45 - 3.45pm
Saturday 15th June - 2.45 - 3.45pm

Closing date to sign up is Wednesday 15th May.

FORM NO LONGER ACTIVE AS CLOSING DATE HAS PASSED


February 2019

Please find below a copy of the timetable for ‘Show Term’ which commences Tuesday 23rd April. You can also download and print out the PDF by clicking the button below.

November 2018

We are very excited to announce our bi-annual school show for 2019.

‘Rebels + Rulers’ will be a totally original production taking place at the Michaelis Theatre, Roehampton University.

It will be fully costumed and the sound and lighting will be provided by the theatre.

Performance dates are:
Thursday 27th June - 7pm
Friday 28th June - 7pm
Saturday 29th June - 7pm and possibly 3pm as well depending on numbers

For those of you who have been with the school for a while, this will be similar in scale to ‘Myths, Monsters + Magic’ in 2017 and different from the Showcase we put on in July 2018.

We are aiming for two halves of approximately 30-40 mins with an interval where pupils not in the second half can either watch or go home. Younger students will be in the 1st half so that there are not too many late nights.

1. Why do we do a show?

There are several reasons for doing shows alternately with working towards exams.

Firstly, to give the students a taste of performing in front of a live audience! We aim for the experience to be as close to professional as possible - with lights, makeup, costume and sets.

Secondly, to give the students an understanding of what dancing can lead to in the wider world.

Thirdly, to keep students interest levels up. Working towards exams is fun, but alternating with show work keeps students from getting fed up by the same class and learning format. By the end of the show they'll be desperate to get back to their exercises and structure after rehearsals! Not all students excel in exams and, as you may know, they are not compulsory here. So taking part in a show allows all students to be involved in a school wide event.

Lastly, as well as dances, the students learn a number of life skills/lessons. Commitment being the first one: if they attend every lesson but their partner or other group members in the dance do not, it makes things tricky. When they miss a class, and have to catch up, they realise how hard that can be. Unlike exams, they learn that teamwork is required, as the choreography only works if everyone is doing the right thing at the right time. They learn patience as we repeat sequences over, and over and over again. They make new friendships as we combine classes - mostly getting to look up to those older than them, as well as be an example to those younger. The list is endless!

2. What does taking part mean?

Most of all it means commitment - both time wise and financially. Though, our guiding principle is to keep both of these to a minimum without compromising standards.

As mentioned above, the show is a team effort and if one student misses classes and rehearsals, it does unfortunately mean that the session is essentially pointless for the others.

We know that this is unavoidable occasionally but, once committed, the show needs to take priority over parties and other clubs or sports fixtures.

This is not as frightening as it sounds - we will be giving you the information as to rehearsals and dates in advance (some are listed at the bottom already) so you can prioritise and work round them. Going late to a party is always an option!

We are also flexible - if doing a netball match means you'll be 15 minutes late for class we will adapt to that within reason. We would much rather that than you not come at all.

Taking part also means trusting us, the teachers. We have done this quite a few times! Whilst the rehearsal may seem lengthy to you, or you might think we're working on dances for a long time; we promise we don't want to keep your children for longer than necessary or bore them. We also promise that the costs of the show will be carefully counted rather than arbitrarily plucked from the air.

Whilst we welcome feedback and suggestions, please do trust our judgement when it comes to rehearsal times, costume choices, choreography and part allocation. We always think through our decisions as a team and interrogate them from all angles. Having said that, we would rather hear from you than you are unhappy and stay quiet.

So, onto the practical side of what the show means, outside of your usual class times there will be extra rehearsals detailed below. We don't know specific times yet but, we won't keep your children longer than necessary and we take into account age and involvement i.e. we won't ask 3 year olds to be at rehearsal for the same amount time as 13 year olds. Or if your child is in just one dance we won’t keep them for 4 hours.

However, sometimes there will be waiting around due to the running order of the show. We will aim to keep this to a minimum though.

3. What dances will my child be doing?

The exciting part!

Your child will be doing at least one dance per class or genre they attend. If they attend several classes they will therefore be in more dances. They may be combined with another class depending on the dance.

If they attend Hop, Skip + Jump which are combination classes, they will be in one dance for each discipline.

We plan for choreography to start in January in the majority of classes. This may or may not take up the entire class depending on the creative and choreographic process! This does not mean that exam work will halt completely - as always we will be judging this on a class by class basis - and will let you know if your child will be working towards an exam next term or in the Summer Term.

Our 3 to 5 year olds will not benefit from 6 months of rehearsal so we will start bits and pieces and try out ideas until Easter.

We will be merging certain classes for dances. This is because some classes are smaller than others and we may need larger numbers to achieve the kind of creative effect we desire.

Hop, Skip and Jump will all be merging for their dances and again, we will need to rehearse them together either after Easter or June half term. This may mean Wednesday and Saturday afternoon rehearsals or a merging of Skip and Jump to begin with, with Hop joining at a later date.

If your child –or indeed any child - wishes to join a class after we have started show rehearsals, we will have to assess this on a case-by-case basis. It may be that they can slot in to the dance we are rehearsing, or be able to join the class without taking part in the show. If your child is thinking about taking further classes in January then please let us know asap.

4. Communication:

This dedicated page on the website will be updated regularly and you will be directed to these updates via the weekly email.

It's really important that we have your correct email address and mobile number so that we can give you all the information as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We do need a degree of responsibility from you to read the emails and look at the website too.

5. Costs:

The show is a non-profit venture for the school. We will be donating any proceeds from ticket sales and refreshments to charity - as yet undecided.

In order for the show to be as professional as possible, there are costs attached. These include - but are not limited to:
- theatre hire
- technicians (venue)
- stage manager (venue)
- hall hire for extra rehearsals
- teacher time for extra rehearsals and show
- costumes
- make up and hair accessories
- set + props
- programmes
- tickets
- chaperone licenses

There is therefore one off fee of £30.00 per child to cover some of these costs and we have already paid the 25% deposit to secure the theatre.

This figure is based on the approximate number of students we think will take part. If more/less take part than anticipated, the ticket price will increase/decrease accordingly.

We aim to keep costs down where possible and rely on lots of help from volunteers and friends and family as well as donations.

Aside from the show fee, the main cost for you will be costumes. Where possible we will invest in these as a school and hire them out to you. But, in some cases they will be purchased by you and kept.

You will of course be asked to buy tickets when the time comes!

6. What if my child does not want to do the show?

This is absolutely fine. Your child will still benefit from classes and will learn the dance moves, just not be part of the patterning and choreography. As mentioned before, in the younger classes particularly, show work will not start until a little later down the line and may not take up the entire lesson.

7. Where YOU come in:

We need your help! Primarily we need chaperones - this means being responsible for the children backstage. Not only taking care of their welfare, but also getting them ready costume wise and getting them to/from the stage on time.

As I’m sure you are aware, safeguarding is a priority which means we need lots of volunteers. The past 7 years have seen lots of the same people helping so I really hope that this year some new faces will step up.

Chaperones have to be DBS checked (even if you hold one already) and a certain number will need to apply to Richmond Council for a chaperone license, which we help with and pay for. This involves taking an online course and going to the council itself to be interviewed and obtain the license itself.

Chaperones work in teams of two so that everyone gets to watch the performance.

Both chaperones in each team are required at all the rehearsals so that the children can get used to you and you understand their requirements. For our pupils that do 5+ classes, they will be in several dances with quick changes!

Please sign up below if you are happy to help. If you need to think about it then by all means but do come to us and let us know!

If you have creative skills or access to anything you think might be of use, please also let us know!

8. What next?

There is a lot of information to take in and we hope it doesn’t sound like a total drag, and that there is also some fun to be had!

We certainly think so and are very happily choosing music and costumes as well as looking forward to a Christmas holiday spent choreographing.

So that we don’t waste our time, we need to know how many pupils are planning to take part before then. Therefore please fill in the form below and make payment as instructed.

That way we can decide which classes need to be amalgamated etc. There is also a lot of paperwork required to put on a show – each child has to be licensed for example – so the earlier we can get this all sorted the better.

Friday 7th December is the deadline to let us know you want to take part so please do go away and think and talk about whether you would like to be involved. Please do ask questions if you have them!

REHEARSALS TO DIARISE NOW:

Sunday 9th June
1.30pm onwards
Kitson Hall

Sunday 16th June
1.30pm onwards
Kitson Hall

Sunday 23rd June
9am onwards
Michaelis Theatre

Tuesday 25th June - Tech Rehearsal
4pm onwards
Michaelis Theatre

Weds 26th June - Dress Rehearsal
4pm onwards
Michaelis Theatre 

Participation Form

The deadline for taking part has now closed. If you want to be involved please email info@cliffordstudios.co.uk and the relevant teacher will male the decision as to whether this is possible. Factors considered will be choreography already undertaken, technique and ability as well as practical implications with regard numbers/chaperones/space at the theatre as well as costume availability.

Chaperone Volunteer Form

Name *
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Do you hold a current DBS check? *