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Operatic Society work experience

Date Posted: 21/05/2019 | Posted In: Latest news

A Level Textiles students from QE have been gaining valuable work experience with Darlington Operatic Society, helping with their two hugely popular productions, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Top Hat. Attending one evening per week, students supported the costume department in the creation of a series of children’s garments for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, whilst learning about pattern cutting and construction techniques and assisting in the making of 14 dance tail suits for Top Hat. During both performances, the group had the opportunity to work backstage and help with dressing and costume repairs, allowing them to observe how a professional company operates behind the scenes.

Sarah Steel, teacher of Textiles, explains: ‘It has been wonderful for our students to be able to work alongside Darlington Operatic Society and obtain an insight into textiles beyond the classroom. We are very grateful for the company for allowing our students to shadow them and involve themselves in the local community. I hope that future groups will benefit from this fantastic opportunity, especially with the productions of Jekyll and Hyde, Shrek and Strictly Musicals 3 coming up in the near future’. Owen Davies, Art Foundation student, adds: ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the costume team, learning a variety of new skills and being a part of something I am really passionate about’. Textiles student, Meg McWilliam, concludes: ‘Working with the society has been a great experience and I am excited to get started on preparations for Jekyll and Hyde’.