Four Production Arts students and one Performing Arts student accompanied by their tutor were thrilled to gain hands on work experience at the Make a Difference Trust (MAD) West End Christmas Production at St Paul’s The Actor’s Church, Covent Garden.
The hugely popular annual charity event supports people within the industry, and their families, suffering with HIV/AIDS and cancer, along with international HIV/AIDS support.
Kingston College Lecturer, Nigel Lewis, has been the Lighting Designer at this event for the past four years and his students join him every year. It is a star studded event in which cast members of West End musicals perform a Christmas production in aid of the MAD Trust. Everyone involved from performers, musicians, stage management, lighting, front of house and sound donate their time and resources to raise money for the charity. This year’s event was hosted by Christopher Biggins and cast members from the following West End productions performed on stage:
• 42nd Street
• The Phantom of the Opera
• Young Frankenstein
• Disney’s The Lion King
• Kinky Boots
• Five Guys Named Moe
The audience were also treated to performances from Lesley Joseph, Jane Milligan, Big Nose Gospel Choir, Maria Kesselman, Julie Legrand, RADA, Royal Academy of Music and The London Studio Centre, amongst others. Sound engineering was provided by Hyder Khalil (Head of Sound – Wicked London and Touring).
Kingston College Production Arts student Ella Medalyer said: “It was an awesome night, I love musical theatre and all the West end Musicals, so to see the cast live and speak to some of them was amazing. Rigging all the lighting so quickly was a great experience but hard work, I learned a lot from doing that. I can’t wait to do it again next year.”
Production Arts student Daniel Smith said: “This is the third West End Christmas production I have worked on with Nigel, the standard of performance is so high and the lighting has to match that. It is hard work setting up so much equipment in a limited time, but it is worth it for such a worthwhile cause.”
Performing Arts student Jude Chinchen said: “The singing and dancing were amazing. I have worked on a production with Nigel before in the lighting department, it is interesting to see how it all works backstage but very hard work. My mum is very impressed at me working on such an important show with so many famous people.”
Students who worked on the show in the lighting department were:
Ella Medalyer - Production Arts 1st year
Daniel Smith - Production Arts 2nd year
Charley Hardwick - Production Arts 2nd year
Evie Richards - Production Arts 1st year
Jude Chinchen - Performing Arts – 90 Credit Diploma
Click HERE for more information on the MAD Trust.