Monthly Archives: January 2012

Goodbye 42nd Street

On Thursday, after the Young Marketing Forum meeting, I was fortunate enough to see ‘42nd Street’. Seriously, I had high expectations anyway because Curve’s Artistic Director Paul Kerryson never fails to impress, but this show far exceeded my expectations. Honestly, I was toe tapping all the way home and I couldn’t fall asleep that night because I had the song ‘We’re in the Money’ stuck in my mind (not that I’m complaining because I love that song!). The dancing was amazing, the vocals were flawless and it was such a great show, I am SO glad that I managed to see it before its run in Leicester comes to an end.

Anyway, let me pause in my love-fest about the show and tell you what ‘42nd Street’ is all about. It’s the story of a small-town American girl called Peggy Sawyer (or ‘Allentown’ as she is frequently called throughout the show because that’s where she comes from) and her journey from chorus girl to fully-fledged Broadway star. A show originally conceptualised to cheer people up during tough economic times; it is packed with dazzling show-stopping numbers and impressive dance routines, plus a score including a song that I am sure everyone knows called ‘We’re in the Money’. Purely for my own amusement, here is a YouTube-clip of the song from the original 1980 Broadway production;

Speaking of the original production, the 1980 Broadway show won the Tony Award for Best Musical and went on to become a long-running hit. When the show was produced in London, it went on to win an Oliver Award for Best Musical. The 2001 Broadway revival won the Tony Award for Best Revival.  Impressive, right?!

Drawing your attention back to Curve’s production of the show, I loved the fact that it went straight into the story without beating about the bush. I also liked how the 14-piece on-stage orchestra were used to draw the audience in and the way it was interwoven throughout the show, it was flawless. Paul Kerryson used the stage in such an imaginative way and I especially liked how the backdrop was used to recreate the feel of the Great Depression. As I previously mentioned, the dancing was incredible and I am sure that the vocals were some of the best that I have heard at Curve. In addition, the talented cast were fantastic, particularly Ria Jones as Dorothy, Geraldine Fitzgerald (that is my all-time favourite surname!) as Maggie and Tim Flavin gave an extremely strong performance as Julian Marsh.

Before I stop taking up your time ranting about my love of Curve and 42nd Street, I need to tell you that the tickets for Curve Young Company’s spring show are going to go on sale very soon, so please make sure you book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Last year’s show completely sold out, so don’t leave it too late to get your tickets for this year’s show. Keep your eyes on Curve’s website to find out exactly when and how you can book tickets.

Go on, support young people doing productive things!!

Priya

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Party like it’s 2012…Oh wait it is!

Hey Peeps, I hope you had a fantastic New Year!

I have to say I have never looked forward to New Year as much as I did 2012! Surrounded by family and friends, Big Ben chiming, fireworks exploding and singing Auld Lang Syne! (Which is a family tradition, even though I can never remember the words).

But it wasn’t just New Year’s Eve that was special for me. In 3 days I will be turning 22, which I suppose is not as dramatic as the big 21, but it marks another year of fantastic achievements just like last year, for one I started working with The Curve Young Company which reignited my love and flair for Entertainment and Performing Arts, it’s great to be surrounded by so many talented and creative individuals, as the energy within the group is contagious.

I also attended an interview last year at a global entertainment company (I didn’t get the job sadly, but I had an awesome day and learnt so much from team D) which I would have never imagined happening in 2010!

2012 is also a fantastic year for my academic studies,as I am currently working on my Dissertation (which is 14,000 words) Exploring  Social Media, and how it can be used and applied into the Entertainment sector, so I guess all of this blogging practice is helping me along the way.

I am also looking forward to seeing Gypsy with my good friend Priya, who is also a member of The Young Company, as the last show I saw was River Dance and that was last year! As well as Gypsy we also have lots of work to do for The Young Company Show Campaign, today the Creative Brief for the Design Internship has been released, and provides an excellent opportunity for an aspiring Artist, or Graphic Designer to showcase their talents. Check out the link below if you’re interested!

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Also this year, I was really happy that my two favourite comedians Joanna Lumley and Jenifer Saunders returned to my TV screen ,after a six year break, with the Absolutely Fabulous Christmas and New Year Specials, with a third planned around the Olympics.

Which also brings me onto another reason why 2012 is awesome, for the first time since 1948, London will be hosting the 2012 Olympic Games! Which is really exciting, as London will be bustling with international fans, eager to see their team recognised in the events (I hope I can still get down Oxford Street in the Summer, which is challenging as it is).

Although I am not a sports fan, I have to admire Team GB’s commitment and dedication, after all one does not become a competitor in the games overnight. I will be tuning in to the games never the less, to support Team GB! I might also swing into the 2012 shop in St Pancreas International and pick up a hoodie!

Along with the many exciting events in my personal life, I also have some professional events, for one my graduation which is taking place at Curve! And then I will officially have post nominal letters after my name eek!

I look forward to hearing your plans for 2012, and I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Love

Ricky x

2012 here i come! :)

Wow its 2012 already! As we all know 2012 is a very jam-packed year with the Olympics, Paralympics and the Queen’s jubilee. But we all have things in our own lives to look forward to. Priya who is also part of the ‘curve young marketing forum’ has already posted what she is looking forward to so now it’s my turn!

2012 for me has a lot of things in store, but not all are things I’m looking forward to!

I have got the curve young company show to look forward to. Last year I went to see the show ‘3am’ which was put on by the ‘curve young company’- I loved the show! Particularly seeing it was only £5 to go and see! Part of the marketing forums job is to do the advertising for this particular show! I’m really excited about helping to do this. Even though I’m only in year 9 and I am the youngest member of the marketing team I am just as excited as the rest of them! I have to choose my options for GCSE’s and to begin to think what job we want to do when I’m older. Being part of the marketing forum gives me an insight in what you have to do to pull off a marketing campaign.

One of the most important events for me will be moving schools, as this will be the year I leave my secondary school and start year 10 in a college! This for me is a very big step, I’ve spent nearly 4 years at my secondary school and on July 13th (which happens to be a Friday 13th) will be my last day at Gartree. This for me thinking about it now is very funny, as last year I was really looking forward to leaving but now I really don’t want to.

One thing each year I look forward to is the Curves shows! I love watching them I’ve seen simply Cinderella which was in 2008, private peaceful, 42nd street, the one which flew over the cuckoo’s nest, Buried Child and a few others. I particularly look forward to the Christmas shows which are put on at curve as they always start near my birthday so I tend to go with some of my friends and see the show! This year I went on the opening night with 4 friends and none of them had ever been to the curve before and they all loved the show and the experience.

I also have the whole of the summer to look forward to! This summer I’m going to see the girl football final at Wembley which is one of the events in the Olympics. I also get to go and see the first event of the girl’s football. Even though these events aren’t in any of the new arenas I am still very excited as I am actually getting to go to the OLYMPICS! I’m really looking forward to watching the Olympics take place in London even if I am watching it at home on telly!

Hopefully you to have a lot of things to look forward to this year. Hope you have a good year, And HAPPY NEW YEAR!  😀

Amelia 🙂

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

I have said it before and I’ll say it again; I cant believe how quickly 2011 flew by. It seems like just yesterday that I was getting into the habit of writing 2011 instead of 2010 and now I have to wrap my head around writing 2012! However, I am SO excited for what 2012 has in store for me because I’ve got a feeling (great, now I’ve got ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by The Black Eyed Peas in my head!) that this is going to be a great year. 

Now, before I continue I just want to say that I know a couple of my fellow Marketing Forum peeps are in the process of writing about what they’re looking forward to in 2012 and I’m looking really forward to reading their posts. However, I don’t think you can ever have too many perspectives, which is why I have written my own post about it.

As you probably know, I’m a member of the Curve Young Company Marketing Forum and what we’re really gearing up for is the Curve Young Company show. Although it’s still in its development stage at the moment, if last year’s show is anything to go by, it’s going to be fantabulous (a mixture of fantastic and fabulous – I really couldn’t make up my mind as to which word out of the two to use). 

One of the reasons why the Curve Young Company is so good is because it gives young people the opportunity to participate in areas of theatre that they might not have got a chance to experience otherwise. Plus, it gives young people a chance to put their skills to good use and to be productive, which is something everyone – regardless of their age/background/whatever – should encourage. 

Anyway, back to the topic of the Curve Young Company show. It’s going to be an exciting time for me and the other members of the Marketing Forum because we’re going to have the chance to gain an insight into, and be a part of, an actual marketing campaign. Seriously, I am so excited about this because I live, eat and breathe marketing communications. In fact, Marketing Communications was my absolute favourite module last year whilst I was in my second year at De Montfort University, so you can see why I’m looking forward to working with Curve’s Communications Team. This is going to be a great opportunity to see how the things I have learnt at university translate, if at all, into an actually working environment.

I shall keep you posted, don’t worry!

Apart from the Curve Young Company show, another Curve production is ‘Gypsy’. I know what you’re probably thinking; it’s going to be about someone that lives in a caravan, a la ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’. However, I’m pleased to tell you that you’re completely wrong.

‘Gypsy’ is actually about a woman named Mama Rose and her determination to live out her own dreams of stardom through her two daughters. Originally performed on Broadway in 1959, this production of Gypsy at Curve (which will be running from 10th March – 15th April 2012) is the first in the UK for a number of years. Directed by Curve’s artistic director Paul Kerryson and staring Caroline O’Connor as Mama Rose, this is definitely a must-see. To get you in the mood, check out the following YouTube clip;

Amazing, right?!

An important event for me in 2012 is my graduation, which will be taking place at Curve instead of De Montfort Hall (where it has been held for 20+ years). After the initial fall out between the big-wigs at De Montfort University and some of the student body, I think many students are starting to realise that the change in venue might be a good thing. I personally think the change makes sense, but that’s because I was flexible in my initial opinion and I was open to what our Vice Chancellor (and the rest of the Executive Board) had to say about it all.

It will be interesting to see just how different the ceremonies at Curve will be because, having attended a few graduation ceremonies at De Montfort Hall, they weren’t really inclusive of students or student-orientated. It is my understanding that our Vice Chancellor wants to change this and he wants to increase student presence on campus during the graduation ceremonies. There are a number of good ideas on the table and I think a number of restaurants and bars will be getting involved as well by providing discounts on meals, drinks, etc. It’s going to be like the whole of Leicester is celebrating our graduation with us (too cheesy? I thought so!). 

In addition to everything I’ve already mentioned, 2012 also brings with it the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. I remember there being a real buzz around Stratford City when I was there a couple of weeks ago visiting my family. It’s going to be so good to see London, my home city, taking centre stage at an international level. For those of you unable to make it to London for the games, I came across this really cool site which highlights what’s going on in Leicester and Leicestershire. To go to the site, just click HERE.

If all that wasn’t enough, another important event taking place in London in 2012 is The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This event marks 60 years of The Queen’s reign and the celebrations for this momentous occasion will centre around an extended weekend on 2nd – 5th June, 2012. Now, let me show off a bit; The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2nd June 1953. The only other British monarch to celebrate their Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria, and that was in 1897.

Ok, I think I have taken up enough of your time. I hope you found this post interesting, I did try to keep it varied, but I can only write about what I know.

Until the next time, folks!

Priya 

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