Pyramid Theatre Productions Ltd

Backstage Theatre Work Placement for The Prince of Egypt the Musical

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT musical is based on the award-winning DreamWorks Animation film of the same name and features the Academy Award®-winning song When You Believe.

Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.

At THE PRINCE OF EGYPT we are offering you too the chance to choose a different destiny. If you have thought about working in theatre but, not entirely sure what it involves, we have a new programme to provide young people with hands on experience across the different “behind the scenes” job roles that it takes to run a large scale West End musical.

Featuring a company of more than 60 artists, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is one of the biggest musicals on the West End.

Delivering each performance involves more than 100 people backstage, including stage management, automation, sound, video, wardrobe, wigs and chaperones; working closely with the Dominion Theatre team.

Employer

Pyramid Theatre Productions Ltd

Location

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Hours

Based around the performance schedule which is Mon to Sat at 7:30pm, Thu and Sat 2:30pm

Salary

£10.85 (London Living Wage)

Number of Positions

3

Deadline

Mon 27 Sep 21

The Founding of Pyramid Theatre Company

In the summer of 2014 the Des Moines Social Club hired Ken-Matt Martin to produce and direct August Wilson's Fences. The production found favor among critics and audiences alike.
The following year the Social Club hired Martin to produce Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play which also was a hit with audiences.

After the success of both productions it became clear that it was time to establish a theatre company committed to bringing those same kind of works to the Des Moines community.

On August 24, 2015 Pyramid Theatre Company (PTC) was formed under the leadership of Martin and Artistic Director, Jiréh Breon Holder.

Our founding members include Tiffany Johnson, Freddie Fulton, Nana Coleman, Alexis Davis, and Claudine Cheatem. PTC will feature summer shows that set the tone for the entire year and complement the full seasons of fellow local companies.

OUR MISSION
The mission of Pyramid Theatre Company is to provide a gateway to the arts for the Des Moines community by illuminating the presence of Black artists in the theatre canon and
providing a means of artistic expression to emerging Black voices. The company commits itself to the tenet of Sankofa, a word in the Akan language of Ghana meaning “return to retrieve.” With this in mind, PTC will offer works firmly rooted in the lessons of the past in order to serve needs of the present.

OUR VISION
We are committed to four core principles that build upon each other:

  • Artistic Excellence
  • Community Engagement
  • Artist Education
  • Black Community Collaboration

The ancient pyramids were often polished in order to reflect the light from the sun and moon. This reflection could be seen from miles away. Adherence to these principles will establish and sustain Pyramid Theatre Company as a well-polished company that attracts audiences from miles away.

We are looking for three young people to join our Company for a six month work placement, approximately from November 2021 to April 2022.

We are committed to making our recruitment process inclusive. We are seeking candidates who support our principles of equal opportunity and broadening access to the arts. We aim for our workforce to be representative of our society and encourage applications from everyone.

The placements are paid work experience that can prepare you for an apprenticeship, further education or work.

You will gain experience in six departments to help you decide if you would like to work backstage in the theatre industry, what roles you may be suited to and guide you on the steps to take next to gain employment in your chosen specialism.

You will spend one week in each of the following departments:

Stage Management, Automation, Video, Sound, Wardrobe, and Wigs.

During your time in each department you will shadow members of the team, learning about the department and assisting with each department’s duties.

You will see the skills required for the different roles and how each department functions. You will also learn professional conduct in a theatre environment, team-working skills and health and safety protocols.

You will then chose one department to join for the final 20 weeks of your placement.

You will work on site at the Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ.

Your working hours will be 25 hours per week, based around the performance schedule which is Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursdays and Saturday 2:30pm.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the theatre industry, it is of the utmost importance that all of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT staff attend COVID-19 health and safety training, follow all guidance and regulations as instructed and take personal responsibility for their safety as well as the safety of our colleagues and our audiences.

You must be aged 16-24 years old, and unemployed and claiming Universal Credit.

The role also asks that you:

  • Have an interest in theatre, entertainment and live events
  • Treat others with respect
  • Are enthusiastic to learn
  • Are punctual and reliable
  • Are willing to work unsociable hours
  • Have personal responsibility for safety of self and others

This programme is being delivered as part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme.

To be eligible to apply you must be aged 18 – 24 and claiming universal credit.

Read more about the Kickstart scheme here.

If you are interested in this position, please talk and inquire about this specific role to your job coach, before the 10:00 am 27th of Sep

Part of Kickstart

This role is offered as part of the government's Kickstart Scheme.

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