Stage One is a is a not-for-profit
youth theatre group based in Portsmouth. We produce musical
theatre shows to be performed in a professional theatre in the
Portsmouth area. We are show focussed and do not run classes,
so all our sessions are either rehearsals or workshops for the
show that we are producing. The entire Stage One company will
perform the show in production; as such, we carefully select
shows that have significant ensemble/chorus work.
Joining Stage One - Be part of the show!
Stage One recruits for new members
after each show. The numbers and ages required is dependent
on the show being produced and the number of members who have
left the company. Our company size is between 45-55 members.
All members will be involved in whatever production we are rehearsing
for. Generally, all new members will undertake at least one
show in the chorus before being considered for principal roles;
exceptionally, if there is a specific production requirement
the Committee can, at its discretion, offer a principal role
to any member subject to audition for the role. Usually,
we will run a free workshop to introduce potential new members
to Stage One. Shortly thereafter, auditions will be held by
a panel comprising the Director, Musical Director, Choreographer
and a Committee member. Audition requirements will be made known
beforehand but will generally include a song of your choice
and a monologue/speech of your choice; additionally, if you
wish, you can demonstrate a dance to a piece of music of your
own choice. We are only looking for potential and “spark”.
Successful auditionees will be notified and will be invited
to join Stage One at the discretion of the Committee. Once you
have auditioned successfully to join Stage One you will not
have to audition again to be part of the company.
Enquiries about joining or upcoming events:
Call Stage One secretary, Dave Ivemy, on: 02392
Subscriptions are per rehearsal
week only. The preferred method of payment is by BACS. This
can be paid weekly, monthly or per term. The Stage One treasurer(s)
are available most Fridays at rehearsal to discuss payment methods
if required. Subscriptions cover our running costs and costs
of rehearsals; included in the subscription members receive
a copy of the show script, a Stage One shirt (to be worn at
all rehearsals) and most of a show’s costumes.
Rehearsals are held at Mayfield
School on Friday evenings during school term time. Generally
rehearsals run from 7pm to 9pm but there will be times when
a 6:30pm start is called. A rehearsal schedule is detailed on
this Stage One website. Closer to a production some Sunday rehearsals
We have an inhouse Director and
Stage Manager and we hire-in a Musical Director and Choreographer.
We present three musical theatre
productions over a two-year cycle, performed during school half-terms.
February and October half-terms one year, then May half-term
the following year.
During the half-term of Show
Week, technical and dress rehearsals are conducted on the Monday-Wednesday
evenings, with the show performed on the Thursday, Friday and
Saturday nights. Therefore, members must be available throughout
the half-term week when we are running a show.
For our shows, our Musical Director
will assemble a band or orchestra, as required. Our theatre
hire includes professional sound, light and backstage technicians,
as well as hiring necessary sound equipment (including radio
microphones) and any additional lights or special effects required
by the production.
It is through ticket sales that
we cover our significant show production costs. We are heavily
dependent upon members/parents to sell show tickets. For each
production we ask parents to sell a minimum of 25+ tickets,
with the remainder of tickets being purchased by the general
public. For the New Theatre Royal productions, the seating capacity
is circa 500 per night.
The Committee are all volunteers,
currently under the chairmanship of Steve Clark. The committee
comprises current and past members’ parents; currently
16 in number and the Committee is elected every year at an AGM.
We meet as and when necessary but usually every two months,
the agenda is primarily show focussed.
Running Stage One and putting
on full theatre productions is a collective endeavour. We are
reliant on parents and family members volunteering their help
as and when required. Examples of help include: Chaperones for
Show Week; moving scenery and equipment between our storage
facility and the theatre; backstage help; First Aiders; hair
and make-up during Show Week. We are always keen to know if
any parents have particular experience, skills or access to
services that would help Stage One in any way.
We also have a Group Page that
is for members/parents only and is used to keep members informed
and to provide details of rehearsals.