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Behind the Scenes

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WEEKLY MEETING: 11th Sept. 2014

President Bharat started with welcoming the members and guests. After a half a minute silent prayer in memory of Kashmiri people, he read out the  Four Way Test.  Members and spouses were greeted for birthdays and anniversaries and next week’s programs were announced.

Rotary India Literacy Mission has taken up the NATION BUILDERS AWARD scheme as part of the Teacher Support project under its T-E-A-C-H program. Our Club has the privilege to be associated with 28 Interact schools. Five teachers from among these schools were identified as exemplary and presented with The Nation Builder Award, viz., Mrs. Anita Singh – CPS Wardhmannagar, Mrs. Lata Pant – Jain International, Mrs. Suchiti Roy Choudhary – Wonderland, Mrs. Himanshi Mulchandani – St. Michael’s and Ms. Reena Kumar – St. Ursula.

Moving on to the topic of the week “Behind the Scenes” the dais was handed over to Vikash Khurana, of Stagecraft with 57 productions in 15 years to their credit. He and his team shared their experiences on successful production. Vikash disclosed that apart from his passion, theatre is also a means of reaching out to people and encouraging the performing arts. He and his unit members spoke of the tasks they undertake.

Censor approval and police permission once secured, lead on to stage designing where the plot determines the setting from an audience perspective. Sound selection and timing with live action on stage is akin to skating on thin ice. Choreographers have a tough time even with good actors who otherwise have two left feet, while Props are like the minors in an orchestra working to enhance scenes. Lighting is yet another stage essential and provides the finishing touch to the production.

Vote of thanks was proposed by Manju Shahani.

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