By Sam Nix 16 Sep, 2017
One part of the job that I love about running RYT (and there are many more) is sourcing and sorting out costumes for coming productions.  This week has, thanks to all the money raised at the Theatreathon last month, has been a busy week of buying costumes.   I can't wait to see what it looks like all together!  

For this production we are going to need in excess of  80 costumes and although we have quite a lot in stock, we need to add to these to bring all our characters to life.   We have 11 Fairies, 8 Servants,  14 Rats,  8 Circus Performers and 13 Villagers to dress;  That's even before we make sure the mains have their costumes sorted and we all know a good Dame demands several costume changes, "oh yes (s)he does".   

Later this month we will start the process of making even more costumes, modifying the ones we have and washing those that have been in storage.  Luckily we seem to have several sewing machines at the ready to hem acres of circular skirts, make lots of new tops, and I am grateful for every stitch sewn.    

Luckily with one daughter at Uni until the show I can turn her room into a giant (ha, ha) wardrobe!  We will need a day in the lockup sorting out the rest of the costumes but that can wait for 1/2 term!  Lets hope for a dry day!  

And now with auction deadlines approaching, its time to hit E-bay again and see if those size 9 heels are still in budget! Next week we hit Primark and the material shops to source more......  Will my credit card max out?  I hope not!

By Sam Nix 03 Sep, 2017
Yesterday a group of cast members and crew went to Camden to kick off costume shopping with some retro searches for King Rat.  We went by train, but I wonder how Dick would have got there.  No turning round for us, after several fun hours of purchasing we came home, with our bags of costumes.
Now I am sitting here, thinking I should go to bed, as it is back to school tomorrow after a brilliant 6 week holiday.  I spent two weeks of that time in the company of a lot of our cast at Showbiz '17 Summer School ,  and how amazing were they.  Even more time was spent planning and sorting for our December production of Dick Whittington.  I am now, as you can probably tell, putting off going to bed as when I wake up again tomorrow morning it signals the start of the silly season.  The term leading up to panto when I and the rest of the crew, have to manage jobs and Dick W at the same time.  To try and make this as painless as possible, this weekend has been busy getting as many of the early jobs out of the way as possible...T.Shirt enquiry (Rainbow colours!) - TICK, Backdrops ordered - TICK, Mics Ordered - Tick etc....

And then it hits, and I remember how excited the crew (and I) were this morning at the thought of getting back to rehearsals, the artistic ideas that are being put into direction and choreography, the great songs we have chosen; and even more the first rehearsal today, how the old cast members welcomed the new, the first of many games of Pig, Pony, Princess. The had work from the cast and the results we have already seen, and suddenly I think it is time to go to bed, bring tomorrow and the silly season on.     I can't wait!

By Sam Nix 28 Aug, 2017
Yesterday we were privileged to be entertained by many of our seniors, Lily-Beth representing our juniors (very ably), and Megan and Olivia who came along to perform and support our theatre group.  

5 hours flew by as we were treated to many songs and dances from past shows, with festival dances, and songs from shows I know they would like to perform in the future.  
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