We had an amazing run-through of this term’s musical, Spring Awakening, which took place, for obvious reasons behind closed doors last week.
Over to our Head of Musical Theatre, Vivien Care who posted:
“A wonderful moment today when our brilliant RWCMD Musical Theatre students ran their performance of Spring Awakening today in the rehearsal room, a week prior to our scheduled opening night at the Sherman theatre.
These altogether brilliant students showed what we do best at RWCMD in terms of working together, and gave the performance of their lives to a brilliantly supportive audience of staff and other students, some of whom would have been performing with us as musicians next week.
Our brilliant stage management team gave us some lights and our wonderful costume department let us have the costumes, and the whole thing was astonishing, poignant, and beautiful.
Enormous thanks to our wonderful creatives Rupert Hand, Jamie Neale and Charlie Ingles who have created a wonderful show that we will always hold, with very special memories of an extraordinary time.
We are devastated of course to not perform our sold-out run next week; but for now and for all, the priority must be well-being and safety. Sending love to all from us- we’ll see you on the other side. ”
Huge pride in the cast and team of Spring Awakening @RoyalWelshMAMTs who performed a final run to colleagues this morning, a week before we were due to open, before the postponing the production. Hugely talented, superbly dedicated, and a lovely lovely bunch of people. Til soon. pic.twitter.com/rYzMOlujeG
— Rupert Hands (@Rupert_Hands) March 17, 2020
Musical Theatre student Erin Spence (seen in the feature image) puts it better, and more poetically, than we ever could:
“It’s strange to be sitting drinking tea when I should be gearing up for tech week, stranger still to have left the house without my script for the first time in months.
Yesterday at 10:30, in a studio that is ours in a way the stage wouldn’t have been, the RWCMD MAMT class of 2020 put on a bookmark performance of Spring Awakening. We had another week before we were supposed to open. We wore costume pieces we hadn’t truly seen yet. The red sand we ordered still hadn’t arrived. It was rough and raw and difficult. It was triumphant.
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Had some time this week (shocking, I know) to work on the Spring Awakening model. It would have been in traverse and some VERY exciting things were going down with that grid… Directed by @ruperthands Lighting design by @dannyvavreckalighting #SpringAwakening #rwcmd #rwcmdcreative #rwcmddesign
I am so grateful to everyone who came, for the clandestine photos and videos I have seen popping up, to the designers and SMs and creative team for fighting beside us until the bitter end. But above all I am so grateful for my course mates, who breathed work and bled love for this project.
Coming onto this course was the best decision I have ever made, even inclusive of this madness. RWCMD has given me this family, and whatever it takes to get through this craziness to see them on the other side, I’ll be there. I’ll be there
Stay safe. Stay creative. Stay hopeful.”
@RoyalWelshMAMTs still in good spirits, so sad not to be able to share our wonderful “Spring Awakening” with the public, but so thankful to have worked with such wonderful creatives @Rupert_Hands , @CJIMusic and @JamieNeale4 Big love and well wishes from #MAMT20 pic.twitter.com/jTe6bhbSe1
— Harriet B (@harrietbowfy) March 16, 2020
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Someone has simply pressed pause, we will be back together so so soon! . . Thank you isnt enough to express my gratitude to everyone who guided us and helped up to bring this gorgeous show to life in the Seligman Studio yesterday morning, and hopefully beyond. . . To my gorgeous MAMT family, I love you all more than words and thank god for Skype ❤ . . #SpringAwakening #RWCMD #uk2020grad @rwcmd
Director, Rupert Hands
Musical Director, Charlie Ingles
Choreographer, Jamie Neale
Set and Costume Designer Eve Martin
Lighting Designer Danny Vavrecka
Sound Designer Jamie Holden
And thanks to all our amazing RWCMD creative team who helped to make this production so very special.