There’s a new look to Summer Fest this year – the PACE Team has a good think about what’s being happening over the years and we’ve decided a bit of a make-over was needed, to update, upcycle this amazing PACE Event.
Summer Fest has been going for 20 years or more – a long time in any festivals’ history – it wasn’t always called SummerFest – way back in the early 1990’s it was called Rockshop !
Because every week of the summer holidays a Rock musical was produced by a group of 20 or so PYT ( Paisley Youth Theatre ).
PYT was so much smaller then , just about hundred or so members, mainly 11+. Who tended to go through the summer all together, minus their 2 week family hols.
PACE Youth Theatre , as you know it , came much later and then, only as the Youth Theatre grew in numbers and the geograohic pull shifted – so Rockshop soon become, Drama Shop became Performance Fest, became the Summer Fest most of you now know today!
Agh Summer Fest! That PACE time you get to hangout and play…
But it can be more; it can be the time you try things you think you would never be any good at , the stuff you dread doing for fear of it being boring , or too difficult , or too much work.
It can…with just a bit more self belief.
Sure. You are on school holiday , but that doesn’t mean you have to give up trying at anything?!
Summerfest can be the time many PACE members ” break through” in certain Fest projects that they would never get a chance to be in through the year.
Pulled on by more enthusiastic others , they seem, to find their drama wings and the rest of their PACE time can be quite rosy!
Others simply enjoy performing again , without the committment of schoolwork getting in the way of them and other year round rehearsals and that is always a good thing. A necessary part of any youth theatre.
What ever draws you to Summer Fest this year – guaranteed with a litlle more effort , there a whole lot more to be gained.
So with this in our PACE mind we’ve decided to re-structure things , to bring the best out in YOU all , in many more waysan an usual.
There are 4 new style events for you to choose :
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Each new event has been configured in light of the actual working time available for the project outcome.
The pressure of having to do the whole show is now removed from cast and director alike and more relaxed creative “fun” is hopefully to be had along the way. Something that’s maybe been missing in some previous summer events.
Here’s a mini breakdown of what’s on offer :
Is all about devising your own work , the best play always come from the people who come together in any rehearsals space – everyone brings something special to a drama space – ideas , energy, focus and enthusiasm.
All you need is a theme and the rest will appear out the creative blue !
Each stage door event is the promise of a brand new original play, unique and special to that group.
Some of the best PACE theatre shows ever , have come from devised work and we are excited to keep that creative tradition going with this new Summer fest event
Why do one show when you can do the best of three ? 3 play combinations artistically linked together to offer the best performance opportunities for its cast. Good texts , great musical numbers , better times to be had by all.
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Taking a text from the writers page to the actor’s stage is hard. But when you better understand what goes on along the way ,suddenly the play is alive and more meaningful and the performance more real.
Here is a chance to go beyond the lines given , and through Improvisation and acting exercises seeing how this will help make the scenes eventually shown, a better performance talking point, for many summers to come…
What goes on behind Drama studio doors is often a mystery, but a necessary part of becoming a better actor , dancer, singer , or generally just a well rounded performer.
Bringing in specialists in their field of expertise, inside and outside PACE, we hope to myth burst the idea that drama is easy without harder more focused specific work.
Even a day of workshops in STUDIO LEAP could produce a better attitude towards your future youth performance.
It’s the little steps made here that often add up to the big stage leaps later on.
And of course , what’s SummerFest without a Summer Extravaganza?!!
A performance experience to make the acting hairs on the back of your neck stand to artier attention , to leave your body breathless with excitement and your PACE heart beating faster , eager to embrace an acting fuutre with eyes and arms wide open to every opportunity to come.
The end of the SUMMER sees the reawakening of MAHONIA – a PACE production legend from way back in 2007 , 7 years asleep , now ready to be woken from its sleepy creative bower and redirected , re choreographed and rescored for a powerful new flowering generation of PACE actors ,dancers and singers.
Ready to raise the Wynd roof with love and passion for the stage we call HOME.
It’s all about the taking of what was great and making it greater still – like this year’s SUMMERFEST…
And if Mahonia ( which incidentally means “evergreen”) is about finding the LIGHT in the sometimes DARK , and letting your self be guided by stars , then surely Summer Fest 2015 is in good hands with our own talented and inspiring team of summer directors, workshop leaders ,music staff and stage-management teams too?
We are about the passion of youth for all things performance , we are for each and everyone of you that signs up for a PACE event this summer.
We are here to guide you , encourage you and to promote you in all you do under summer PACE skies!
So be crazy , be brave, be bolder than ever before – go wild for summer , take a leap of faith and jump into something new, or something that will be truly truly great – for you , forever.
The Sun is going to shine all summer long in PACE – the potential for golden days and brilliant nights is written in the “Fest brochure” stars …
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SUMMERFEST launches this weekend( saturday 16th May) , thanks in anticipation to our ORANGE group performers who will kick off this innovative summer-action with their take on Fest15 ( in various venues throughout Saturday).
A warm up act with drama class !
Hope to see you all dashing for your “phones” to book your places. I’ve a feeling events are going to go very quickly from saturday .
Nothing like the promise of something new , to get people talking.
Let’s make this a Summer to remember , for better plays , better PACE ways !