The Grade 10s and 11s were able to visit the Playhouse in Durban on the 14th April 2014.
We were met by Stage Manager Mr Steve Norminton, who was our guide for the morning. We were able to start the tour with a briefing in the Playhouse Company’s smallest theatre – The Loft Theatre.
Thereafter the boys were treated to see a rehearsal in progress in the Drama Theatre. The play being rehearsed is a world premiere and captures the stories and theories around King Shaka’s death. The Glenwood boys are very privileged indeed, to be able to have been allowed into this rehearsal.
The boys were then escorted to the Opera Theatre – the largest theatre in the complex. Again, the boys were treated to see light plotting in progress as well as see the various lifts and rigs which make the magic of the theatre. This all in preparation for Handel’s Messiah which is to be staged in the theatre.
Next came the trip to the 8th floor to visit the wardrobe. The boys were shown how much goes into making a set of costumes and could see work in progress. Some tried on various hats while others were fascinated with the wigs – made of real hair!
Steve Norminton also spent time showing the boys models of various sets which were constructed for plays held at the Playhouse in the past.
We ended the tour in one of the largest rehearsal rooms and were able to ask any last minute questions.
We thank Mr Norminton and the Playhouse Company for allowing us to visit. I am sure the boys were able to learn a great deal from their trip and I’m sure it solidifies some of the theory we teach in class. I look forward to taking the Grade 10 class of 2015 to visit the theatre next year.
Thank you too, to management for allowing us the opportunity and Mr Laurence and his team of drivers for transporting us.
Mr I Schoeman
Head of Drama
Glenwood High School