HIPPOFROG Productions

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We are working like little elves getting all the magic arranged for this year’s panto at the Venue theatre.

This year we are going on an adventure with Dick Whittington and his cat Tommy chasing after all the rats.

Work on creating the plans for this year started in February and a snapshot is below.

More details will be coming to the website so watch this space.

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Company MK asked us to assist with their production of Guys and Dolls.

It’s a show with a well-known score and storyline which adds a bit more pressure on the team.

There was a large amount of set that required some choreographed truck ballet and some very quick scene changes.

A lot of Crew were needed to move the scenery and Mrs HIPPOFROG took on the role of DSM for the first time in 9 years!

Tech Rehearsal. Photo by Karen Young
Tech Rehearsal. Photo by Karen Young

This was the final return to Blackadder for three episodes, culminating in the episode where they go over the top.

We built the trenches and dugouts for a static set.

There were also pyrotechnics for going over the top, followed by a poppy drop at the end.

Picture of the on and off stage ‘troops’ below!


Picture by Keith Lennox


Every two years we help at the Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts show.

This is where the students from the different branches of the school come together to dance, sing and perform.

We help to rig the show and also provide the stage management and backstage support. As there are around 200 children involved, this is a mammoth undertaking.

As it is 100 years of the end of World War 1, the end of Act 1 was a beautiful and moving tribute. A lot of tears were shed in audience and side of stage.


Picture from Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts

It’s not every day you get to sort the sound for a West End Star.

Ben Forster, who you may remember as the winner of the search for a Jesus Christ Superstar competition, provided an exclusive event for the OU Theatre Group Bookers’ Club at MK Theatre.

Mr & Mrs HIPPOFROG were already attending the event as guests but were called upon to assist with the PA. Our good friend and super sound guy Mike Crofts provided us with the relevant equipment and we set it up.

Ben during sound check

A great evening was had by all.

We returned to Dibley with the Holy Trinity, the third instalment of The Vicar of Dibley for MKTOC.

This was a fairly static set with some memorable moments from the TV series (see picture below!)

Photo from MKTOC website

We will be returning to the trenches for Blackadder later in the year with MKTOC.

Wolverton G&S put on their annual show. This year it was the return of Gondoliers.

We helped to build the flats for the set and minimal crew were needed to run the show.


Image from Wolverton G&S website

We were asked to provide some technical services at an outdoor Scout Camp in February.

Freezer Camp 2018

As the name suggests, it was cold! However, it was also VERY wet and was more of a mud camp, than a freezer camp.

In spite of the weather, a good time was had by all.

Well, that’s it, we did it!

Get-ins, Tech, 2 Dress Rehearsals, 16 shows and a get-out.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this show a success.

We’ll leave you with a picture of the finale of one of our final shows.

 

In true Crew style, we hit the pub after the last show before Christmas…

(Photo by Bee)

Enjoy the break and see you on the other side.