Year 10 Trip to the Royal Opera House

Y10 Educational Visit

Year 10 graphics students get an exclusive view backstage of the Royal Opera House

On Wednesday 28 March, 24 students and I, all from Year 10 and currently studying GCSE Design Technology: Product Design, were invited to the Royal Opera House, London as part of an award ceremony for a national design competition. One of the Wycombe High students produced outstanding work and was awarded the overall winner for her set stage design of the ‘market scene’ from Romeo & Juliet.

As part of the award, we were invited to take part in a backstage tour where we got to see how the stage interacts with the scenery and changes in-between shows.

Following this, we took part in the ‘schools matinee viewing and were able to watch the full Royal Ballet performance of Romeo & Juliet.

The competition required us to research, design, model and develop ideas for the stage set. The models were made from a variety of materials including; card, foam board, fabric, paint and aero-ply. We stored and presented our designs in a portfolio and had to include a video presentation, explaining our design ethos.

Our tour also included a guide who explained all about the history of the building, including its fires and the roles of all the staff who work there; there was over 40 staff, solely responsible for the lighting alone.

During the interval, we attended the awards ceremony where our classmate, along with students from other schools competing in other competitions that were being run, were able to collect their awards. We were all very excited for her and cheered her on when she went up onto the stage.

The production of Romeo & Juliet was amazing. The dancers were so graceful and worked exceptionally hard to produce a mesmerising performance. In addition, a first-class orchestral performance accompanied the show which complimented the ambiance that the show contained.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to our winning student and a massive thank you to the Royal Opera House for hosting the completion. We will certainly be entering again next year and hope to be back to see another outstanding performance.

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