“One of our lower sixth-form pupils, Thalia Guarnieri, a very promising guitarist, is closely linked to Entec through family connections and the company very kindly agreed to lend a hand, with Thalia’s father Giampaolo suggesting Dirty Power as our headliners,” explains Mr. Warboys.
“For our first Rock Night, they provided us with a d&b audiotechnik C-series PA system, comprising of four subs and two top cabinets, and lighting [Showtec Sunstrip battens, four Clay Paky Sharpy moving beams and four Sharpy washes] to give us all we needed to stage a very credible-looking – and sounding – rock show.”
In October, St. Mary’s staged its second Rock Night – again featuring Dirty Power – and Entec upped the ante by upgrading to a d&b line array and doubling the lighting count, adding fixtures including PixelLine LED battens. Mr. Warboys mixed the live sets at FOH while the lighting was operated by assistant drama technicians Crispin Dexter and Mike Barker. Both of the school’s resident consoles were used to drive Entec’s equipment.
“This is a busy theatre, even outside of term,” comments Mr. Warboys. “Concerts, dance shows, plays, film nights… you name it, we’ve pretty much done everything here with an in-house team of three who design, build and run shows, working alongside pupils who assist with design and pre-rigging. That’s something we like to encourage because there are plenty of opportunities to gain experience on the technical side of production for those who don’t aspire to performance. Some of our girls have been very passionate about learning how to program and operate lighting, and mix sound. For some, it may well turn out to be the basis of a future career.”