Author: John Baddeley
Theatre Technician at ACS Cobham
The EJ Poularas Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at ACS Cobham
The new EJ Poularas Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at ACS Cobham is a fantastic facility for our students to learn more about the technical side of the performing arts and gain more of a holistic understanding of the subject. Since its opening, the PAC’s versatility as a stage space and its professional facilities has encouraged students to get involved with all aspects of production, from lighting and sound, to design and directing.
A weekly Stagecraft club has built up a body of enthusiastic students keen to learn about how backstage techniques can enhance performance. Developing general stagecraft techniques, students have learnt to programme the lighting and audio systems and how to use these facilities to craft and produce different effects on stage.
In our everyday lives we use many skills, such as problem-solving, teamwork and leadership, many of which can be honed by participating in performing arts. Such skills are central to developing and preparing students for the world beyond education, so it is clear that drama and music should be integrated across the curriculum and school life.
This year we have 15 IB Theatre students who will work together to create three pieces of work, including the Haunted House experience at Halloween, which will be enjoyed by an audience of some 400 people. Each student will develop their teamwork skills over the year, relying on each other to create a polished final product. They will harness their problem-solving skills at rehearsals, stage project planning and group organisation. The end performance will be the culmination of the development of all these transferable skills.