Meet Ann Bauer: Our 2019 Speech and Drama Adjudicator

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Ann has spent her working life in education teaching in secondary and primary schools, theatres, university and therapy teams, as well as examining drama and theatre studies. Ann ran her own drama school for many years, and has worked in mainstream education as a drama and English teacher, a SENCO and specialist teacher for pupils with SEN.

Ann trained to teach under John Hodgson at Bretton Hall, his major influence was the importance of improvisation. Ann continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of improvisation for developing all performance skills.

She believes strongly in the inclusive power of drama, that it offers confidence building, team work, and the discipline of controlling body, voice – and nerves. Combining that with her love of the written word, her first degree was English; she counts herself lucky to spend her life talking about what she loves.

Currently Ann combines her teaching with doctoral research into teaching maths to young people with complex special needs. She is also an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals. Drama skills are never far away in her strategies whichever subject she is teaching. In her spare time Ann still attends ballet and tap classes, a lifelong passion, and enjoys theatre going and precious time with her family.

Musical Theatre Classes Explained

Musical Theatre is a new section in our Festival, and has been designed to support the growing development of (what is commonly referred to as) the ‘triple threat’ performer. Musical Theatre’s tripartite approach includes drama, song, and movement.

When designing your entry for the MT classes, you should consider this ‘triple threat’ as your guiding light. You will be expected to demonstrate your talents in all three areas.

Performers should devise a spoken scene that establishes the character’s setting, mood and situation, and of course, it should be appropriate to the musical’s storyline. Your devised scene then typically leads into the song – which should also be in keeping with the devised scene. Movement of course, is integral throughout.

Any questions of course, please contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com

Good luck!

RWBAF Poetry Competition

As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations, this year we are running a COMPOSE A POEM! competition either on the set theme in the Verse Speaking Classes SD1 – SD6 OR illustrating what you enjoy most about the festival and performance.

There are two categories : Ages 5 – 8 years & 9 – 11 years

You can submit any design to your taste and flair on A4 sheet of paper. To be submitted by 31st October to: Mrs. Sandra McDowell, The Chestnuts, Cleverton, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 5BT

e-mail: sj.mcdowell@btinternet.com 

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Please firmly attach the following details to your entry:

Your name
Address
DOB
Email
Telephone number

(You can scan and email, or post us your entry).

All poems will be displayed at the Festival in November, and there will be a winner of each group with 2nd & 3rd placings. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded, together with a prize. Winners will also have their work printed on the RWBAF website, and in the Programme.

Good luck
The RWBAF team!

RWBAF Poster Competition

As part of our tenth anniversary celebrations, this year we are running a DESIGN A POSTER! competition to promote The Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival.

There are two categories : Ages 5 – 8 years & 9 – 11 years

You can submit any design to your taste and flair on A4 sheet of paper. To be submitted by 31st October to: Ms. Rhian Vaughan, 62 Perry’s Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, SN4 9AP

e-mail: rhian32@gmail.com

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Please firmly attach the following details to your entry:

Your name
Address
DOB
Email
Telephone number

(You can scan and email, or post us your entry).

All posters will be displayed at the Festival in November, and there will be a winner of each group with 2nd & 3rd placings. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals will be awarded, together with a prize. Winners will also have their work printed on the RWBAF website, and in the Programme.

Good luck
The RWBAF team!

Entry Deadline Looming!

Don’t forget! The closing date for entries is now just over 2 weeks away.

You have until the 30th September to get your entries in for RWB Arts Festival.

Are you an actor, a guitarist, a singer, a musical theatre performer? Then get signed up to one of our classes! You can register on our new LIVE on-line system here, or you can download an entry form and manually write and submit to us via post. See here for the S&D form, or here for the Music forms (including Musical Theatre).

Good luck! Any questions, do contact us!

All at the RWB Arts Festival team.

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New online entries system launch TODAY!

Behind the scenes, there has been much activity going on to launch a new on-line entry system. We are keen to make our Festival a smoother, more modern enterprise, and to make entries much easier for all our participants.

The software we are using is called RunMyFestival and those of you who regularly attend Festivals may well be familiar with it already.

So, we are delighted to now report that we have gone LIVE today!

Access it here!

You can pay by BACS or cheque and you will find all the details on our site.

 

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We hope these changes are helpful in streamlining your Festival experience. However, if you prefer, you can print the manual entry forms here and enter by posting us your forms:

RWB Arts Festival Music Entry Form 2019

RWB Arts Festival Musical Theatre Entry Form 2019

RWB Arts Festival S&D Entry Form 2019

Thanks for your continued support, and we hope you find these changes make your experience of RWB Arts Festival even better.

Congratulations also to the team of RWBAF volunteers who have put in hours of work to make this happen. We’d be lost without you!

New on-line entry system coming soon!

We are currently working on a new on-line entry system to make our RWB Arts Festival a smoother, more modern enterprise, and to make entries much easier for all our participants.

We will be launching on July the 1st, so watch this space!

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Mayor Making 2019

We were delighted to have our drama teacher committee member Rhian Vaughan represent the RWB Arts Festival at the recent Mayor Making ceremony in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The ceremony was a wonderful way to welcome in the new mayor Steve Watts! We wish him all the best during his time in office and look forward to having his support for our Festival this year.

Mayor Steve Watts and deputy mayor Nic Hughes after the official ceremony outside St Bartholomews Church in Royal Wootton Bassett
Mayor Steve Watts and deputy mayor Nic Hughes after the official ceremony outside St Bartholomews Church in Royal Wootton Bassett

See more here:

https://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/17637696.councillor-steve-watts-sworn-in-as-royal-wootton-bassetts-new-mayor/

 

Images via ThisisWiltshire.co.uk

Keeping you up-to-date!

You may be interested to know that the MUSIC FESTIVAL HAS MOVED from the summer to November this year. We wanted to move away from the busy exam season to make it easier for our performers to take part. Music and Drama will now take place over the following two weekends: 16th & 17th and 23rd & 24th November.

Plus we have introduced a NEW MUSICAL THEATRE section with solo, duet and group classes for those who love to sing songs from FILMS and SHOWS.

There will also be a new ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEM this year which should make entering the Festival easier for all.

If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the Syllabus feel free to ask. And, in accordance with GDPR regulations, if you would like to be removed from the mailing list just let us know.

Best wishes and we look forward to welcoming you to the Festival in November.

Miranda Shirnia
Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

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