Performing Arts students were put through their paces in theatre workshops with professional directors as part of a joint venture between York College and York Theatre Royal. Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, Damian Cruden, visited the College to introduce First Year Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) students to the theatre’s next major theatrical event called In Fog and Falling Snow which will feature a cast of over 200, including the students themselves.
The cast for the production will be made up of volunteers from the community and follows on from the success of Blood + Chocolate and York Mystery Plays 2012. Auditions for the production took place back in January at the National Railway Museum, where the production will take place. Those involved will be joined by two professional actors and all casting is yet to be announced.
The students’ involvement in the production will form a marked assignment and go towards their final grades. Anthony Ravenhall, Course Leader for Performing Arts (Acting) at York College says: “After the unprecedented success of our students involvement in Blood+Chocolate it was obvious that they should become an integral part of In Fog and Falling Snow. We know that Blood +Chocolate was an exciting and valuable performing experience and an important factor in our students gaining places at some of the UK’s most prestigious drama schools and universities. Working with industry professionals, and within the community, forms the backbone of the vocational training we offer. This can be seen in our results - with student progression to the top recognised training establishments and former students now on stage, film and TV nationally and internationally.”
Damian Cruden, Artistic Director of York Theatre Royal, and one of three directors working on the production said: “I’ve really enjoyed working with the students in previous years. They’re young people with lots of enthusiasm and having York College students involved in our major production at the National Railway Museum will be a huge benefit.”
York is famed for its large scale community productions with over 30,000 people coming to see the York Mystery Plays in 2012, and York Theatre Royal Patron Dame Judi Dench saying at the time: “There is a magic to creating theatre with your own community.”
While auditions have finished for the production, people can still get involved in other areas such as costume making, front of house and promotions by visiting the York Theatre Royal website for more details, where tickets for In Fog and Falling Snow can also be purchased.