A Royal Opening for the Ogstoun Drama and Dance Centre

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The opening of the fantastic extension to the theatre took place on Wednesday 21st May. We were honoured to have Their Graces The Earl and Countess of Wessex to open the building.

The new building contains a fantastic new dance studio, two classrooms, changing facilities, some storage space, a nice kitchen area and offices for all of the lovely staff. With the extension completed, the building will now be formally known as the ‘Ogstoun Drama and Dance Centre’.

The Earl and Countess toured the building, watching a dance performance by GY Dance in the new studio and speaking with students in the lessons taking place in the classrooms. The Earl of Wessex stopped briefly to look at photographs of himself in Gordonstoun Drama productions of the past and then moved into the theatre to watch a short drama performance before officially opening the building.

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Following the opening The Earl and Countess of Wessex took time to speak with the students and staff about the drama work that goes on at Gordonstoun and the excellent facilities that we enjoy.

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The Earl of Wessex showed tremendous skill in captivating the audience, building up tension with a very funny speech. The result was a tremendous cheer from everyone watching as the curtain was formally pulled to reveal the plaque that will now adorn the exterior of the building.

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The opening was a wonderful experience for all of us here at Gordonstoun and we are extremely grateful to The Earl and Countess for coming to Ogstoun, for their interest in the work we do here and for opening the theatre in such an entertaining and enjoyable manner.

A Bit Less Roofless…

A quick update on the drama and dance extension to the theatre. The builders have been working hard and with such great weather over the summer they’ve been able to get lots done. The roof is now all but complete and by the time students return to school they’ll be amazed to see the new building that has risen from the ground during their time away.

I’ve been up at the site often during the summer to see how everything’s progressing and I’ve been so impressed by the work that’s been going on. Here’s a little gallery of pictures showing what it looks like at the moment.

Click on any of the images for a closer look.

Steel is Real…

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Well, look at that building rising from the ground! The steelwork has been erected for the new part of our building and we can start to get a sense of the shape of it.

As you can see from the pictures, it will blend in with the current building beautifully with the roof following the curved shape at a slightly lower level and coming out a little further than the sides of the theatre.

Let’s hope the weather stays as nice as it is at the moment so the workmen can carry on at their current blistering pace!

Building Work…

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The builders are now well underway with the groundwork and foundations for the extension to the Ogstoun Theatre. The new building will include a dance studio, two classrooms, a social area and some offices.

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When the building work is complete we’ll be moving out of the Ogstoun Studios and everything we do will happen under one roof.

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