College Productions - Drama and Musicals
Hereford Sixth Form College has an outstanding reputation for highly acclaimed and professional standard productions. In recent years these have been large cast musicals, large cast plays, smaller scale student directed productions and more intimate, experimental performances. There are many opportunities to take part, whether you are an actor, singer, dancer, someone who is capable of all three, or someone interested in getting involved in lighting, sound, set design, costume and make up.
Our productions are open to audition for all students, regardless of experience or subjects studied. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday afternoons during enrichment time and during two evenings a week, three evenings a week for large scale productions. Professional workshop specialists come in to college to provide vocal and movement training for specific performances.
The productions are great fun and a truly rewarding experience, helping you to develop your performance skills and to meet and make new friends. They are a central part of life at the College and being involved in one, in whatever capacity, is an excellent point to have on your CV.
In previous years, we have produced a run of hugely successful, sell out musical theatre and drama productions. The autumn term production, either a whole college musical or a Shakespeare play, is one of the centre pieces of the College year.
- Recent musicals have included: Anastasia; Avenue Q; Guys and Dolls; Return to the Forbidden Planet; Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat; Jesus Christ Superstar; Cabaret; Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; and The American Musicals Showcase.
- Recent drama productions have included Prometheus Bound; Antony and Cleopatra; Macbeth; Our Town, Romeo and Juliet; Frankenstein; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Teechers; The Trial; Black Comedy; Darkness in the Night; Skirrid Hill; Much Ado about Nothing; Girls Like That; The Void; Kings of Summer; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; and Iphegenia in Splott.
- Cabaret evenings of music and comedy, stand up and sketches also take place.
In 2021, like all theatres, we realised that producing work in a traditional way was not going to be possible. One thing we are very passionate about is creating original work, involving as wide a range of talent as possible and experimenting with performance styles. With this in mind, we have created new material for a series of digital performance pieces which audiences can view on the College YouTube channel.
Each piece ranges in style and content, but all were started with the stimulus word, ‘connections’. It seemed to us that at a time when so many of our usual connections with people, places and activities had been disrupted that this was a good starting point.
This series of digital performances reflect the range of skills and talent that we nurture as part of Upstage Productions. Staff have worked with students to write, compose, act, film, edit, draw, dance, choreograph, tell stories and animate work that all explores our connections to each other, to art, to the wider world and to our shared histories.