Rise Studios are excited to announce our Summer Show dates for this year. We will be revisiting the Watford Palace Theatre on Saturday 18th July 2020, with our dress rehearsal on Sunday 12th July (at Rickmansworth School). Shows will take place at around 4pm and 7pm (Exact times TBC).
All classes, with the exception of our Baby Ballet classes (Who have their own show next year), will take part in the show. Please keep the dates free. You will be needed all day on show day, and for a few hours (Schedule TBC) on the dress rehearsal day. We cannot accommodate requests for rehearsal times, so make sure you keep the whole day free!
For those of you who have not done a show with us before, I’d love to tell you a little bit about it….
Performing at the Watford Palace Theatre is an amazing opportunity for our students. We hire a professional lighting designer, head mics for our singers, and wonderful costumes. It is such a special time for our dancers, and is a real life experience for them.
Show day is a long and tiring day, but the adrenaline of the day gets them all through it. I promise your children will sleep well that night!
Tickets will be released on 1st March 2020, and full details will be emailed out to parents in plenty of time, letting you know how to purchase them. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, so it really is important that you don’t leave it until the last minute, as they do sell out.
Each class will perform a routine in the show, lasting approximately 3 minutes. If your child attends 3 classes per week, for example, then they will perform in 3 numbers, with 3 different costumes. Our youngest classes will only perform in one of our two shows. Details of which show your child is in will be emailed out as soon as it has been decided. The reason they only perform in one, is because of the long hours on show days. Restrictions with licensing laws determine how long they are allowed to be at the theatre.
We will be emailing a show participation form after half term. This must be filled in and returned to us in order for your child to participate in the show. We have to apply for licenses and need the information on this form to apply, so please make sure you return your form, otherwise, unfortunately your child will not be able to participate. There is a small show fee, which goes towards the cost of putting on a show of this scale, for example costumes, extra rehearsals, lighting designers, head mics, admin and many more costs. This cost will be added to your invoice for next term.
If you’d like to join an extra class in preparation for show term, please check our timetable and let us know!
Videography and Photography
The show will be filmed by a professional videographer, and you will have the opportunity to purchase a copy. There will also be photographs taken at the dress rehearsal which will be available to buy on show day. Under no circumstances is any filming or photography allowed in the theatre on show day. This is a Watford Palace Theatre rule. Not only is it off putting for our performers, it also prevents our audience from fully enjoying the show in the moment! Anyone seen filming or taking photos may be asked to leave the theatre by the theatre staff.
Chaperones and Costume Monitors
We simply CANNOT put on a show of this size without help from you guys! Backstage helpers are always needed to chaperone the children. We also need a costume monitor for each class, spotlight operators and backstage crew. If you are able to offer help of any kind, it is GREATLY appreciated. The safety of our students is paramount at an event like this. If we don’t get enough chaperones the show will not go on! I understand that everyone wants to watch their child, rather than be backstage, but if you are able to watch one show and help at the other, that would be much appreciated. Requests for helpers will be emailed out nearer the time, but please bear it in mind.
To sum up, Rise Studios Summer Show is a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform to a live audience. I am very proud of the reputation of our Summer show. We really do believe we put on a great spectacle. Teachers and Management are already well into the planning stages and can’t wait to get going! Here’s to a fabulous 2020 show!!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask myself or Mandy. We want the show to be a positive and fun experience for everyone involved, that includes you parents, so if there’s anything you are unsure of just ask. There are no silly questions 🙂