Viv Perry, Mayor of the Bay of Colwyn

I was so pleased that Jay Gatling agreed to take part in a young peoples’ variety show “Shine” at Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay on Nov 30th 2012.

The act formed the finale of the show and was lively, colourful and clever. It left the audience completely spellbound and wondering “How on earth did they do that?”

I would not hesitate to ask them back if I put on another show, and will certainly recommend them to others.

Viv Perry, Mayor of the Bay of Colwyn

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Shine at Theatr Colwyn

shine-logoWe were delighted to be asked by Viv Perry, the Mayor of the Bay of Colwyn, to take part in Shine recently. Theatr Colwyn is a special place for us, as it’s where Elemental’s first public performance took place.

 

 

theatr-colwyn-lightsThe show was a celebration of the talents of young people in the Colwyn Bay area, and featured lot of local acts, including dancers The Unknown, Hallam Cleverley, Bryn Ellian School, Alaw Tastig and  Kieran Eastwood-Mulvaney, with Mr Dilwyn Price as the compere. All proceeds from the show went to McMillan Cancer Support and Action for Children (Young Carers).

 

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I couldn’t resist taking this photograph of our dressing room door – we’ve never had a star on the door before! Oddly enough, this was the same dressing room as our first performance here in 2009.

It was lovely to be back at Theatr Colwyn, and we hope we’ll be back again soon!

Backstage at Llandudno Summer Shows (part two)

This is part two of our behind the scenes look at the shows we took part in over the summer at Llandundo town hall. Part one is here.

Jay had a lot of different costumes this year, with a grand total of nine costume changes in all. I’ve put together a selection of photographs which show you just some of the different outfits that he wore.

Here he is, taking a chance to relax before the start of the show.

 

Left to Right: Ready for the pub scene, in character for the Box Sketch, and the two costumes he wore for our 1940s themed magic routine.

And finally, the pictures that I’ve been waiting all year to put on the blog! We’ve been keeping quiet about this, so as not to spoil the surprise for our audiences, but now that the shows are over, I can show you the photographs:

Yes, that’s a photograph of Jay in a wig and high heels, dressed up as one of the Andrews Sisters! The three guys did a brilliant job of miming along to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, complete with dance routine.

 

All the shows that we did in Llandudno town hall were with Happy Faces Children’s Charity – a local charity which raises funds for disabled and disadvantaged children all over North Wales.

Backstage at Llandudno Summer Shows (part one)

We’ve been involved with the summer shows for Happy Faces at Llandudno Town Hall for the last four years, but this year is the first time that I took a camera backstage with me. I thought it might be interesting to give you a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes.

I was the Stage Manager for the Thursday show this year, Those Were The Days, which meant that I was in charge of setting the stage and scenery, having all the props ready at the right time for each performer, and generally trying to make sure that everything backstage went as smoothly as possible.

This is what the stage looked like on a Wednesday for Seaside Special. The backdrop had to be taken down and replaced with the station backdrop, then various pieces of camouflage put up, and sandbags laid along the front of the stage. We also had an old-fashioned radio and a lamp in front of the stage for one of the scenes.

  
 

During the show, the majority of the props were kept in a little alcove just beside the stage, so they could easily be taken on and off stage. I made this fake bomb months ago; it got a little battered by the end of the season, but considering it’s only a football covered in papier-mâché, I think it survived quite well!

   
 

This the little dressing room that Jay and I used during the summer.

   
As you can see from the notes on my copy of the running order, things got very busy during the show, which made it really important to make sure everything was in the right place at the right time. The notes in red are Jay’s costume changes, reminding me to get the right costume ready for him; and the notes in green are details of which props were needed for each scene, when to turn the smoke machine on etc.

Despite being so busy, I did manage to get some pictures of Jay when he was on stage.

   
 

Part Two is coming soon, with pictures of Jay’s different costumes, including one rather special outfit…