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Amelia Swift

Amelia’s Swansong

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Congratulations to Amelia Swift, former Hymers College student, for gaining an offer of a place at Bird College. This higher education institute has a global reputation for providing outstanding education and professional training in Dance, Music and Musical Theatre. Places are very limited and highly prized. Amelia successfully passed the audition and has been made a conditional offer based on her A level results.

Watch Amelia perform her A level Dance solo piece based on the style of Christopher Bruce. Amelia chose “Swansong” from 1987, performed to “Primavera” by Ludovico Einaudi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch

breakfast club

Breakfast Club Goes Viral

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BTEC Performing Arts at Wyke is always looking to break new ground and push the creative boundaries of theatre. One of the success stories of the last few years was the adaptation to stage of the iconic 80s teen-flick movie, “The Breakfast Club”.

In 2016 students pitched their proposal to Performing Arts teacher Andy Feetom. “The students were really keen to bring The Breakfast Club to the stage. To my knowledge, we were the first production group in the UK to run an adaptation of the film. The performance and feedback were amazing with the recording going viral on YouTube.”

The show ran for three consecutive days, with a matinee performance recorded for release on the College’s YouTube channel, WykeTV. The clip has now recorded nearly 9,000 hits and numerous positive comments. “I want to do this so bad I’m gonna ask next year when I sign up for acting if we can”, was the comment left by YouTuber mckennalorenmsp_

The cast included Alex O’Malley, former Malet Lambert student, who gained a Distinction* in Performing Arts alongside other A and A* grades, is currently on a gap year whilst he considers his future career options. Alex starred in the College productions of “Chicago” and “Our House”  as well as playing the teenage rebel Jon Bender in “The Breakfast Club”.

To watch the performance in full go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN_g3Pa9shc

Victoria series 3

Back to the 1850s

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BTEC Creative Digital Media students will be stepping back over 150 years as they visit the set of an internationally acclaimed television period drama.

Over three days the cast and crew of Mammoth Screen have been shooting scenes for series 3 of “Victoria” on High Street in the Old Town of Hull. Against a backdrop on cobbled lanes and fine Victorian architecture, the High Street has been dressed to disguise any indication of modern life. Street lighting has been covered with stacks of wooden barrels, period posters have been placed over modern billboards and the yellow double lines have been painted over in a dull grey paint. These simple changes have made one of Hull’s most famous streets the ideal film set.

Rebecca Ives, Head of Media and Film at Wyke, is using the occasion to inform her students about the employment opportunities in the wider media industry. She said, “On Friday I will be talking two groups of BTEC Media students to observe the media industry in action. It’s great for students to experience the scale and professionalism of such a well-respected television drama. Not only will they see the use of camera, sound and lighting, they will also see the supporting assistant directors, the set dressers and continuity assistants.”

Mammoth Screen selected Hull over many other rival locations. The scenes shot on the High Street will form 15 minutes of action on screen when the new series is aired later this year.

mixer

City of Culture Legacy

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Wyke are celebrating the donation of professional sound equipment from local health and safety supplier Arco. The equipment was originally part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 Beats Bus project supported by Arco, a mobile community studio facility.

As Wyke offers a number of music, media and performance related courses, the donated equipment has been very well received. Teacher of Music, Ben Newton said “The generous donation of equipment from Arco is a great benefit to all students throughout the college and will open up additional performance and production possibilities.  It is gratefully received.”

The new equipment will help add to the production quality of Wyke student performances like the monthly “Wyke Sesh” and the cross-college theatre productions. There is also talk about facilitating a College radio station.

Last year staff and students from Wyke regularly worked on a number of City of Culture projects, including the “One Word” video that involved staff from Arco reflecting on their experience of 2017. The music department also composed a “Song for Hull”, a composition that involved early years children from across the city.

Kofi Smiles

Kofi gets Social

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Kofi Smiles, the BBC “Face of 2017 Hull UK City of Culture” has contacted Wyke Media and Film department to discuss an exciting new online platform. ‘The Social’, a website for 18-35 year olds, is made up of content for them and produced by them.

Kofi has an interesting way of describing this new hybrid concept. “Think of it as if BBC Three and YouTube had a baby and then raise it in Hull and the East Riding.”

The project has already been successfully launched in Scotland with those contributing to the site using it as a gateway to producing work for BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and Netflix. To get a better understanding of the possibilities visit https://www.facebook.com/bbcthesocial

Kofi is now gathering together enthusiastic partners who would be interested in participating in this project, hence he contacted Wyke. “We are literally just getting started so right now we’re looking to see who’s out there, who’s creating, who’s interested in taking part, who’s got great ideas and who want to be part of this in the next few months.

This can be anyone, 18-35, film makers, music makers, script writers, comedians, videographers, bloggers, vloggers, gamers, sport enthusiasts, any individual who wants to do something or has something so say.”

The initiative is still in early stages of development and Wyke will be inviting Kofi to speak to students on campus in the coming months.

Grease

Grease is the Word

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Get out your leather jackets and pull on your bobby socks with Rydell High’s senior class of 1959.

Wyke Sixth Form College invites you to the cross-college production of Grease, the musical. Grease follows love-struck bad-boy Danny (Max Joy) and girl-next-door Sandy (Laura Banks) in a thrilling injection of pure fun with astounding dancing and amazing songs. It’s the beloved rock n’ roll celebration of teen angst, fast cars, and first loves all set in the fabulous fifties.

Grease was originally staged by Wyke in 1988, the year the college opened. To celebrate this 30th anniversary, several members of the eighties cast will be making guest appearances on the final date. This production runs from 22nd to 24th February and features the irresistible songs from the Tony Award nominated Broadway show and hit movie, including:
•“You’re The One That I Want”
•“Grease Is The Word”
•“Summer Nights”
•“Hopelessly Devoted To You”
•“Greased Lightnin’”
•and many more!

Tickets are now on sale from the Oak reception desk or over the phone on 01482 346347. Prices range from £5 for students and concessions, to £8 non-concession. Due to the scale of this year’s production the raking has been taken back to leave only 120 seats per performance. Early sales indicate this this show will sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Wyke students with Xander Parish

Students Star with Royal Ballet

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Congratulations to Daisy Betts, Keziah Dean, Isabelle Heath, Mia Stocks, Jade Thrustle, Eden Walker and Amelia Swift on their performance on the opening night of Hull New Theatre.

The dance they were selected to perform with Royal Ballet Principals was a contemporary ballet, called ‘Death of the Spoken Word’.

The concept behind the dance is that in today’s modern world of technology, people don’t speak to each other anymore. Everything is done by message, social media or emails. The dance explores the reality that without technology, people would speak face to face much more.

An excellent, modern day piece choreographed by the Head of Dance at Napa, Julie Lovewell, and Hannah Goodhall.

The group also performed outside during the day at Hull Trinity Square. There is a compilation of this public performance together with an extract from their dress rehearsal on the College YouTube channel https://youtu.be/IPFNmUp24yc

georgia-mcgrath

Summer of Success

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It’s been an incredibility busy summer for Georgia McGrath. Not only did Georgia collect fantastic A level results (A* English Literature & Language, A* Drama & Theatre Studies, A Law), she also received a £300 prize for winning the Ron Worsdall Young Person’s Award 2017 from the Hull Paragon Rotary Club for her outstanding ability, achievement and aspirations in the Arts. 

 

Georgia, who’s ambition is to work in the media industry, said, “I was thrilled when I found out that I was the winner as this meant I could put the money towards new equipment and editing software which I use to produce my own shorts and small adverts.” 

 

“Initially I was set on going to university to study English and Drama and I knew that I would enjoy this. However, I’ve since made the decision to take a gap year after speaking with the executive producer at the BBC who recommended gaining as much experience in the industry as possible.”

 

As a result, over the last few months Georgia has spent time doing work experience with local theatre companies and major public broadcasters. She also had the privilege of working within the production teams on various UK films. She was recently cast as the female lead in the TV pilot ‘Misunderstood’ and will begin filming for this in Newcastle in October.

 

Georgia concluded that “Winning the Rotary Club Funding has opened many doors which enable me to unleash my creativity and passion for the arts, whilst creating content on poignant societal issues in order to educate and challenge perceptions amongst all generations. And so, it is a real honour to be the winner of this award.”

Jack Conman

Jack Conman Plays Radio 1’s Big Weekend

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Former Wyke Music Technology student Jack Conman is playing one of the biggest gigs of his career this weekend. On Sunday, Jack will be playing the “Introducing Stage” at the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, an event that features the household names of Katy Perry, Kings of Leon and Little Mix.

This landmark appearance follows on from the success of his debut EP “Euphoria Spring” which reached the top ten of the iTunes singer songwriter charts in 2016. According to local DJ Alan Raw this is just the beginning of Jack’s rise to the top.

On the BBC website Alan writes, “With so much grace and maturity in his music so early in his career, Jack Conman is meant for great things. He is a phenomenon, a one-off, a must see. He owned the audience at the BBC Introducing Humberside Stage at Hull’s Humber Street Sesh last year. He’s a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and effortless maker of musical masterpieces. Now Big Weekend, prepare to surrender yourselves to Jack.”

Remember where you heard about him first and check out Jack’s Youtube channel.

Students celebrating at the Winter Gardens

Wyke win at the Winter Gardens

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Congratulations are once again in order to the College’s Dance Troupe who have reached the National Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ dance competition following their success at the semi-final stages at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Wyke were the only act from 20 participants from an educational establishment, with the other 19 competitors coming from professional dance schools.

The dancers ended the day winning 3 trophies, placing 2nd in the senior category for their classic piece, 3rd in the senior category for the contemporary piece and best concept for their contemporary piece which was performed to The Greatest by Sia.

Following the event, Head of Dance Toni Daddy said: “Myself and Hannah could not be more proud of the girls. To get through to the semi-finals was an outstanding achievement in itself, and we knew the competition would be extremely strong considering we are a Sixth Form College up against dance schools that train over 8 hours a week. But every single one of the 15 students that we took were phenomenal and upped their game on the stage.”

In March, the students will perform at the Liverpool Echo Arena to compete for a National Title. We wish them every success in the final stage of the competition.