The Perse School

Pelican pupils go behind the scenes at Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre

11 May 2018

Year 2 Pelican pupils were given a backstage pass to the brand new Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre as part of their topic ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’

The children visited the PAC at the Upper and were given a tour of the building by Theatrical Director in Residence Matt Hawksworth and Technical Manager Ian Cutting.

Mr Hawksworth and Mr Cutting told the pupils about Sir Peter Hall, the Old Persean who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and was director of the National Theatre, and showed them some lighting, props and costumes.

Harry was amazed by the enormous piano in its special garage and Elisabeth said she was excited by the bright lights on the stage.

Grace thought the dress worn by the character Millie from last year’s Perse Players production of Thoroughly Modern Millie was “really pretty”, while Siobhan was impressed by the “incredible” moving chairs and how the stage could change size.

The trip provided a special insight into what it takes to stage a show, with the Year 2 children preparing for their end-of-term production, which they are writing themselves with a World War II theme.

Year 2 teacher Louisa Clements said: “The pupils really enjoyed their visit to the new Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre. They have been learning all about the process of staging a show this term ready for their end-of-year production.

“They have been learning how to write a script, creating scenery and costumes and even exploring lighting and make-up. The production will build on their earlier performances at The Pelican, continuing to build their confidence and develop a love of theatre.

“It was a real thrill for them to go behind the scenes at the new Performing Arts Centre and see what goes into a putting on a show at such a wonderful venue.”

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