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28-07-01, 10:51 PM (GMT)
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"The Hammond school Production"
 
   Hi,
Did anyone see the Hammond school's production 'Three pointe turn'? I was visiting and watched some of the rehearsals..it looked fab but I was wondering if anyone saw it and could tell me about it. CHeers Page


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: The Hammond school Production DB 29-07-01 1
     THANKS!!! Page 02-08-01 11
     RE: The Hammond school Production Bruce Madmin 06-08-01 14
  RE: The Hammond school Production DB 29-07-01 2
     RE: The Hammond school Production Hammond Student 29-07-01 3
         To the Hammond school Student Page 02-08-01 9
             RE: To the Hammond school Student student 02-08-01 12
                 The canadian!! Page 02-08-01 13
     RE: The Hammond school Production MA 31-07-01 7
         re: czardas Page 02-08-01 10
  RE: The Hammond school Production parent 30-07-01 4
  RE: The Hammond school Production Liz 31-07-01 5
     RE: The Hammond school Production Ferdy 31-07-01 6
  RE: The Hammond school Production soubie 01-08-01 8

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DB

29-07-01, 09:54 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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   I was lucky enough to be invited to this production set near of Chester at the scenic Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold. I must say I was absolutely blown away by the standard of performance shown by the students. Having sat in many London theatres hoping that the end is near I could have watched 'Three Pointe Turn' again and again.
In Act One there was a mixed programme including Classical rep.,Jazz,Contemporary,Tap. Energy Buzz showed the younger pupils performing such quick technical feats with huge pecision. The first dancer who began the number showed great maturity and versatility for one so young. I was interested to see how the more advanced students would match up. I was not disappointed in anyway. Contemporary and Spanish dance are obviously very strong disciplines in the school. The Act ended with a very slick number - Mr Bojangles. This showed the Senior Students as established performers ready to take their well earned place in the industry. Another item from this Act very worth a special mention was the Blue Bird from Sleeping Beauty danced by Naomi Cobby and Alex Durrant. The wonderful elevation and ballon shown in the male solos were breath taking, presented with a huge command of the stage and audience.
Act Two showed the Classical element. Two items - A Stage Beyond and the Prologue from Sleeping Beauty. Both were well rehearsed showing attention to detail. A Stage Beyond was choreographed in a cleaver style which showed through a very interesting story line each dancer at his/her best.
The Prologue was enchanting (I would have enjoyed the whole ballet!). Fairies and Cavaliers were extremely strong in performance and Carabosse, Yedra Palau, most convincing.
Act Three, Cabaret, the Musical Theatre element. By this time in the programme I was convinced nothing could match the previous standards seen. How wrong I was. The whole show was held together by Emcee - again A Durrant. His performance was fantastic, very well researched and so close to the original. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for this young man to reappear through the whole of this Act. This is definately a name to look out for in the future in any form of theatre - he can do it all. The whole company of this show pulled together brilliantly giving a most professional performance.
The Hammond School, Chester although not located in London proves that it is not necessary to be in the South to be trained and find your true potential. The Head of Dance and her team of staff clearly understand how to develop and encourage young hopefuls of the future. As I left the auditorium a little girl who had been sitting close to me spoke to the adult with her - "WOW, Mum please can I learn to dance?" What more can I say Page, a pity you did not see the Production.


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Page

02-08-01, 06:43 AM (GMT)
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11. "THANKS!!!"
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   Wow!!! Thank you for taking the time to fill me in on what I missed. I knew it would be excellent! May I ask what you thought of the year 11 dancers, I felt they were a strong bunch..(a few are heading to Central in september). What did you think of Michael Melmoe a (he played Herr Schultz in Cabaret)? I am glad everything went well for the Hammond, they will always hold a special place in my heart! THe people and students are great there! Cheers Page


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Bruce Madmin

06-08-01, 05:00 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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   Just wanted to say that I would have liked to have included something about the Hammond performances but its not wise to include links to postings reviews by contributors who are neither named or include their email address. Sorry but no can do.


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DB

29-07-01, 09:57 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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   I was lucky enough to be invited to this production set near of Chester at the scenic Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold. I must say I was absolutely blown away by the standard of performance shown by the students. Having sat in many London theatres hoping that the end is near I could have watched 'Three Pointe Turn' again and again.
In Act One there was a mixed programme including Classical rep.,Jazz,Contemporary,Tap. Energy Buzz showed the younger pupils performing such quick technical feats with huge pecision. The first dancer who began the number showed great maturity and versatility for one so young. I was interested to see how the more advanced students would match up. I was not disappointed in anyway. Contemporary and Spanish dance are obviously very strong dicsiplines in the school. The Act ended with a very slick number - Mr Bojangles. This showed the Senior Students as established performers ready to take their well earned place in the industry. Another item from this Act very worth a special mention was the Blue Bird from Sleeping Beauty danced by Naomi Cobby and Alex Durrant. The wonderful elevation and ballon shown in the male solos were breath taking, presented with a huge command of the stage and audience.
Act Two showed the Classical element. Two items - A Stage Beyond and the Prologue from Sleeping Beauty. Both were well rehearsed showing attention to detail. A Stage Beyond was choreographed in a cleaver style which showed through a very interesting story line each dancer at his/her best.
The Prologue was enchanting (I would have enjoyed the whole ballet!). Fairies and Cavaliers were extremely strong in performance and Carabosse, Yedra Palau, most convincing.
Act Three, Cabaret, the Musical Theatre element. By this time in the programme I was convinced nothing could match the previous standards seen. How wrong I was. The whole show was held together by Emcee - again A Durrant. His performance was fantastic, very well researched and so close to the original. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for this young man to reappear through the whole of this Act. This is definately a name to look out for in the future in any form of theatre - he can do it all. The whole company of this show pulled together brilliantly giving a most professional performance.
The Hammond School, Chester although not located in London proves that it is not necessary to be in the South to be trained and find your true potential. The Head of Dance and her team of staff clearly understand how to develop and encourage young hopefuls of the future. As I left the auditorium a little girl who had been sitting close to me spoke to the adult with her - "WOW, Mum please can I learn to dance?" What more can I say Page, a pity you did not see the Production.


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Hammond Student

29-07-01, 04:41 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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   I am currently a student at Hammond and loving every minute. Page when did you come to school? We often have visitors in the studios so we don't always notice who is who.
'Three Pointe Turn' was a very enjoyable production to work on and we all pulled together for the end product. I am glad it was greatly enjoyed, we are very lucky to have excellent choreographers amongst our teachers and there is loads to learn from them. The Head and her dance staff are really supportive, ready to help with anything, they all have a great sense of humour which makes us feel they are definately on our wave length. The school has a lovely setting with a feeling of space, fantastic when we have been rehearsing for hours to just walk outside into the country air. I love it here but look forward to graduating, well prepared for my future in the profession.


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Page

02-08-01, 06:32 AM (GMT)
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9. "To the Hammond school Student"
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   Hi, Page is actually my middle name...at the hammond school I am commonly know as the 'Canadian', does this ring a bell? It would if we know eachother. I was there 1999/2000. Please email me, especially if you remember me. Cheers, M. Page
email: perform_art@yahoo.com


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student

02-08-01, 06:44 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: To the Hammond school Student"
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>Commonly know as the
>'Canadian'

Hi, MPW hope you,re fine. Wish we could have another gap student from Canada. Hope you come back and visit again and again!!


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Page

02-08-01, 07:07 AM (GMT)
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13. "The canadian!!"
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   Wow, I can't believe you are up soooo early...you do know me!!!! Who are you? I know you probably don't want to say on here but what year are you in? Initials??? Email me, I'd love to chat. Cheers MPW


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MA

31-07-01, 07:36 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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   PAGE - did you see in rehearsal -
The Czardas from Raymonda? - it was a spectacular beginning and the students looked stunning in the costumes and boots kindly lent by BRB. Charmingly elegant, danced with poise and style. MA.



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Page

02-08-01, 06:37 AM (GMT)
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10. "re: czardas "
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   Yes I watched Czardas rehearsals. I spent a lot of time with one of the choreograpers, I also enjoyed celtic collage but I heard that it was overall recieved as a bit to long. What did you think? Either way, I enjoyed observing the choreographer at work!


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30-07-01, 07:26 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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   Page
As a parent, I have to confess I did indeed watch the production 'Three Pointe Turn' three times over. Of course it gives me pleasure to see my child performing and progressing however there is so much to digest in this kind of show you do need to be in the audience more than once to really appreciate all the talent that is on the stage and behind the scenes. I am envious that you were able to observe the early stages in rehearsal. Each 'Act' had obviously been well rehearsed down to the last detail and was very slick in performance. DB discribes it well - even the youngest of children were radiantly confident, given that this for some was their first taste of the stage. I also enjoyed Energy Buzz in particular the boys showed strength and maturity in their performance. The classical section
was beautifully performed and costumed, how lucky the students were to wear costumes lent by various ballet companies.
Cabaret was a show on its own and could easily, in my opinion, have gone on tour. The Emcee was so real and quite frieghtening in his portrayal of the character and his performance grew each day. It is quite correct it does appear there is nothing this young man cannot do - how he sustained the full show I don,t know - a great example to the other younger students.
I do hope you can arrange to come to the theatre in the future and enjoy a whole production. If you post your E-mail address I will send you any details for next years events.


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Liz

31-07-01, 07:21 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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>Hammond School's
>production 'Three pointe turn'?
>the rehearsals..it looked fab

It was fab Page, the best ever I would say, so much to see, never bored for a moment.

Looking forward to the next.


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Ferdy

31-07-01, 02:30 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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   I think it's great that people are taking the time to promote "their" collage and make more people aware of the work that the dance collages are doing.

We need to give as many opportunities to our dance students as possible.

As you may know there are less (I think) than 900 performing arts dfee grants available in the UK, not all of which are allocated to dance.

I think that all the collages do a wonderful job in managing their resources and offering as many assisted places as possible.

I know that for the next year (Sept 2001) Central are taking 12 boys and 40 girls which is great for the future of dance in the UK, especially if this is repeated across the country.


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soubie

01-08-01, 06:40 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: The Hammond school Production"
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>Did anyone see the Hammond school's
>production 'Three pointe turn'? I
>was visiting and watched some
>of the rehearsals..it looked fab

Page I also watched some rehearsals. When did you go? I am starting at the school in September and I can't wait. I have got some friends there already and I have been watching them in the performances for the last three years. Unfortunately I could not start any sooner, even though I passed the audition, as my parents could not afford to send me. My friends are all so happy at Hammond and now I am going to join them. Hooray.


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