Sunday, 29 September 2013

Great theatre club news!

Thanks everyone for their payments for Puss in Boots. We have about 30 seats so far. If you do want seats on Saturday 30th November at 7pm at Greenwich Theatre at the bargain price of £10 each then please let me/the office have your payments by Monday 30th September.

As there have been some queries all our weekend trips are for group tickets. This means we have one ticket and all go in together. We can meet in the foyer 30 minutes before the show. If you are late or miss us don't worry - just let the usher know your are part of the Rosendale Primary group.

Some other great news - All of Year 1 and Year 2 are going to see the Christmas shows at the Unicorn for their festive treat this year! I will still run weekend trips to Twas the Night Before Christmas and Cinderella so don't worry about missing out if your child is in a different year group! Letters will go out before half term.

Finally I have signed up to help The Unicorn as a Family Ambassador, giving them feedback and helping them promote what they do. If you have any comments on what you liked or what they could do better please email and I will pass your comments on to them.

Shakespeare for Schools Festival Week 2

The cast started work on the first scenes this week. We were really impressed by their enthusiasm and progress. So many children had also learned their lines - well done!

The production team have been working hard all week too. On Friday we were joined by two parents Mrs Patten and Mrs Firminger who kindly are helping us with costume. The team had some brilliant costume ideas and they are really taking shape now (see the creativity going on below!) 

The whole cast and production team are going on a trip to the theatre on Monday afternoon to work with the SSF on all aspects of the show. We can't wait!

Last but not least, tickets for the performance on Monday 11th November at 7pm at the Secombe Theatre in Sutton will go on sale next week - please support us and come along. I will post an update as soon as they do.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Exclusive Theatre Club Christmas panto offer!

I am not going to send out letters, as we already have 2 trips to Christmas shows at the Unicorn planned, but I have an exclusive schools offer on Greenwich's Theatre's acclaimed Christmas panto Puss in Boots on Saturday 30/11 at 7pm. It is a family show (recommended age 2 upwards).

Tickets on a school booking are just £10 each (normal price £26 adults, £13 children). We need minimum of 10 seats to get the school booking. Along with Hackney Empire it is always on the Time Out critics top 10 list.

No frills, no celebs, just plenty of top notch larks from the Greenwich Theatre's ever enjoyable festive blow-out.

Shows are selling out fast (and some are already sold out). I have reserved 20 seats for now. If you would like to come along with your child/children please make a cheque or cash out to Rosendale Primary School and put it in an envelope CLEARLY MARKED (as theatre trip money has been getting mixed up with dinner money) with:

Theatre Trip
Puss in Boots 30/11
Parent accompanying
Name of child and class
Your mobile
Your email

by the deadline of Friday 27 September to the office.

Please note that this trip is on the same day as our trip to the Unicorn to see Cinderella at 3pm. The good news is that Greenwich is only 10 minutes or so from London Bridge by train... So you can come to both!

Shakespeare for Schools Festival Week 1

We now have the cast all the parts!

Rehearsals began in earnest this week for our performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Secombe Theatre in Sutton at 7pm on Monday 11th November. This week we had a full read through - it was amazing!

Tickets will go on sale very soon and our production team of five children are working on a marketing campaign. There are 330 seats but four schools performing so please snap up tickets for this quickly. For one week only the price will be just £6 - please buy! I'll keep you posted.

If parents would like to offer your help with marketing, design, costume and/or lighting please let us know at The children have some fantastic ideas but there is not much time!

Theatre Trip Success!

We have had a brilliant response to the theatre trips for Henry V and Dora on 20/10 - thanks to everyone who has booked. We have had a record 63 seats booked for Henry V - our highest ever! We also had 48 for Dora (and 50 for Emil and the Detectives in December) which is brilliant too. Really looking forward to seeing everyone then!

I am afraid the deadline has passed now though for Dora and Henry V - I can't accept any late payments sorry.

I will send letters about tickets for their Christmas shows at the Unicorn (again at the bargain £7.50) before half term. NB you will need to get slips and money in quick! Twas the Night Before Christmas (ages 2-4) is now pretty much sold out every weekend so we only have the 30 tickets I reserved in July! So you can put the dates in your diary our trips to Cinderella (ages 6 plus - 70 seats reserved) will take place at 2pm on 30/11 and Twas at 1.30pm on 14/12. Thank you!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

More weekend trips this year!

Welcome back!

Theatre Club have even more weekend trips to children's theatre planned for this school year.

We are forging great links with the Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge. As we have reserved 30 seats in advance for four shows per term up to Easter, all shows (including Christmas ones) will be just £7.50. Adult ticket prices are usually £16 for adults and £10 for children (£22 and £15 respectively for Christmas shows) so these are a real bargain.

We have two trips to the Unicorn planned for this half of term both on Sunday 20th October.

The first (for ages 4 plus) is at 11am to Dora, the Storer (not Explorer)! This play, based on the book by Helen East, is about a lady who hoards things but learns the pleasure of giving. Directed by Purni Morell, Artistic Director at the Unicorn, there will be an insight session after the play, giving children a chance to meet the cast and director and ask questions.

The Unicorn recently sent a message to pass on to the audience:

Dora is a show about a lady who can’t throw anything away, but who realises that although letting go of things can be hard but that sometimes giving something away can bring even more happiness. So, we're inviting every young audience member to bring a toy (or an object they no longer play with) to donate to Dora's local jumble sale on their visit to the theatre (it can be something broken that was going to be thrown away). Do you think this would be possible for the children attending? They won't leave empty-handed, as they’ll also get the chance to choose their very own piece of jumble to take home at the end of the show.

The second (recommended for ages 8 plus) is at 2pm to Henry the Fifth, a modern English adaptation of Shakespeare's Play. The same writer was behind the successful adaptation of a Winter's Tale last year and the play comes highly recommended as a "must see" from our contacts at the Unicorn and the NT. It focusses on a king who is running out of money and decides to invade his neighbour. The terrible war that ensues makes him wonder whether getting into the fight is really worth all the mess it leaves behind.

We hope to have letters out early next week.

We have 30 seats at £7.50 for each show reserved and these will be available on a first come, first served basis. Deadline for payment to the office with slip is Friday 13th September. To ensure your seats, please hand them in asap!

Finally please can we also remind parents of children taking part in this year's first production, a Midsummer Night's Dream, that we need the (heavily subsidised by the SSF so great value) £40 fee by the same date - Friday 13th September.

Thank you!