Saturday 7th July 2012 saw the 7th annual JC Vocals Students’ Summer Show at Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead.
With months of preparation beforehand, even the torrential rain couldn’t dampen the students’ spirits. With students of all ages performing a variety of pop, rock, musical theatre songs; some accompanying themselves on piano or guitar, it was a great showcase of what my students can do. With 26 students performing over the course of two and a half hours, the show climaxed with myself and all the students giving a group performance of Essex metal band Forever Never’s fantastic cover of ‘You’re the Voice’ complete with a pyrotechnic finalé.
It’s always fantastic to hear kind comments straight after the show from students and parents. I also love to see students chattering about the show on Facebook and Twitter when I get home. I also noticed some students talking about the ‘come down’ effect, sometimes referred to as Post-Performance Depression: After such an intense, emotional evening, performers often go to bed on a ‘high’ from the show, only to wake up feeling a bit down. This is really common and is experienced by performers of all levels – including the pros. In my view, it’s just a valuable part of performance experience that students can benefit from by taking part in the show.
We always strive to make each years show better than the last and I feel we achieved that. However, I’m always interested to hear any ideas on how we can improve on things, so if you have any ideas, feel free to let me know.
Well done, everyone!