The whole company of OPERATION SANTA are devastated to announce that the World Premiere of this wonderful musical has been forcibly postponed, due to a rising number of COVID cases that now, very unfortunately, include members of the cast and production team.
A new date is in the process of being arranged. All tickets will remain valid for the new dates and any patrons unable to attend the performance times will be offered an exchange or a full refund. All ticketholders will be contacted once this is confirmed.
Due to our very limited resources at present, no exchanges and/or refunds will be processed before the new date is arranged. The team are also working remotely today and tomorrow, out of caution pending test results, so the theatre’s main phone line will not be answered.
We’d like to ask everyone for their patience and understanding during this tricky time, and we hope to have the show back on the road soon!
It is our hope to announce a new date for this fantastic family show by the end of the week.
Following the sell out success of Michelle Magorian and Robert Buckley’s TINSEL in 2019, The Studio produces its second full scale musical under the multi-award winning direction of John-Paul McCrohon and the musical eyes of award winning MD Daf Hughes. The acclaimed Charlotte Turnbull completes the production team, returning as Choreographer.
When news breaks that Father Christmas is unable to work due to a stress related illness, 12 year old Emily Watson suspects a cover up. Together with 10 year old Henry Fowler, she forms the protest group ELF and forges an unlikely partnership with Charlie Hackett, a junior TV researcher desperate to make the big time.
Their search for truth and justice leads them into a very grown up world of political corruption, fake news and possibly even to THE BIG MAN himself.A cast of adults and children reveal the twists and turns of a dastardly political plot to meddle, manipulate and modernise. With thirteen original songs and a supersonic flying machine, Operation Santa is a bewitching Christmas Musical for the modern media age.
PETERSFIELD ORCHESTRA is alive and well despite Covid. After a long absence from the concert platform the orchestra’s strings performed Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ to an invited audience in Liss this June.
Next it is the turn of the wind players. Ten musicians will take to the platform at The Studio at The Petersfield School on Sunday afternoon 3 October, in a sparkling and tuneful programme designed to highlight the virtuoso skills of the local orchestra’s wind section. Music by Gounod and Donizetti is featured alongside works by two 20th century composers, Jacques Ibert and Georges Enescu. “It’s all gorgeous music, including Gounod’s delightful ‘Petite Sinfonie’ and Enescu’s dectet ‘Dixtuor’” says Orchestra chairman – and bassoonist – Steve Bartholomew: “The Enescu is not that well-known but is richly textured, and has a very French flavour – it’s a joy to listen to and to play.” The concert is expected to last about 80 minutes, plus a short interval.
To cover some of the costs there is a small admission charge of £5, with Under-17s admitted free: book online by clicking here or via One Tree Books, Lavant Street or by phone: 01730 261199.
To show support for all our fellow venues up and down the Country, the Studio lit up red on Friday night to mark a year since venues across the country closed. Some of which, may sadly never open again.
We are delighted to reveal our brand new TPS Studio Logo, incorporating our roots of TPS whilst also retaining a reminiscent feel of the original Studio identity.
This is the first major update to the logo since the previous one was introduced around 2010 and coincides with the planned reopening of the space which is set to be hosting its’ first performances since December this coming June.
Sean Ridley, who has been Studio Manager since 2019, put the logo together over lockdown with some colleagues (including his long time collaborator outside of TPS, Dave Edwards), after he noticed some challenges with the Studio’s brand while designing posters for school productions.
“It liked to be awkward that’s for sure!” Sean said. “I simply loved the colour scheme, with the blue and silver offering a contrast to the main TPS colours of red and black, but it gave me very little in terms of play on different backgrounds so more often than not I would have to put it on a white box which felt very out of place.”
The new logo incorporates the much favoured TPS rosette, giving an instantly recognisable and local feel for the venue’s locale.
“We tried all sorts of variations, some were outright awful, but the TPS rosette was my starting point.
“I was so keen to involve it [the rosette] as it’s just an Iconic image, and instantly recognisable. When you’re driving along the main road, it’s visible. So anyone looking for The Studio will be able to look out for that as a landmark.”
One noticeable change is the absence of the @TPS suffix, which has been part of The Studio since it opened in 2005.
“There was a general feeling that it was very naughties, all of the departments at the school used to be Maths@TPS or Science@TPS but over the years that’s been phased out – leaving our Studio being somewhat unique but also a bit antiquated if that could be possible. I also noticed over my first year here that nearly all of our users or incoming shows would refer to us as ‘TPS Studio’ or ‘The Studio’ on their posters and marketing, so we felt as that name had managed to stick – we should run with it.”
The new logo is in already making appearances ahead of the first evening event ‘EAGLE‘ on July 3, which features former TPS students as support acts. Details on booking tickets can be found on The Studio’s What’s On page.
We are really looking forward to welcoming you back tonight for the Comedy All Stars: Little X-Mas show tonight.
We’ve had a few queries ahead of tonight’s hilarity, and we have also revised our procedures slightly to comply with the very latest government guidance.
Ticketing and Entry: We have revised our seating plan especially for this evening to accomodate a high demand from household bubbles of three and four. The seating plan is still COVID-Secure and you will be informed of your seats as soon as you arrive.
Everyone will be temperature checked on entry, and we ask that masks are worn over the mouth and nose while you are moving through the building. We are required to challenge those who aren’t following these rules, so please don’t be offended – but if you have an exemption to wearing a mask, please let us know.
Please also scan the NHS barcode displayed on entry with the COVID-19 App.
Toilets: These remain two in, two out. Please be respectful to other users and maintain social distancing as much as possible.
Exit: Please stay in your seats after the show, you will be released row by row to ensure a socially distanced exit.
Bar: The bar is open and we are happy to say that we can serve alcohol without a substantial meal as we are a theatrical venue. Please order via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the surname of your lead ticket holder or your seat number and we will run to you with a card reader and sweet sweet refreshment.
Like all venues up and down the country we have sustained heavy losses over this year. Unfortunately we have had to dispose of around £2500 of bar stock across the two lockdowns. With this and the severely reduced number of events/capacity we have been forced to under estimate the amount of stock we will use across the remainder of 2020. All orders will be fulfilled on a first come first served basis, but we thank you for your understanding if we do need to offer you a substitute during these difficult times.
The Bar List is available here (no scotch-eggs… sorry!).
If you have any questions, please ask one of the team who will be wearing a Studio@TPS polo shirt (as we have relaxed our front of house uniform temporarily – it’s Christmas after all!) and they’ll be more than happy to assist.
We can’t wait to see you this evening – enjoy the show.
With our first test event happening this evening, and with the venue looking to reopen fully in the coming weeks – here is all the latest information.
Just a couple of things that we’d like to mention ahead of the showing:
– Please ensure you arrive to The Studio by 7.10pm ready for a safety announcement and theatre doors to open at 7.15pm. – We will call everyone row by row to manage a safe and swift entry to the building. If you need to use the toilet before this time, please use the toilets located within the main block. – Barcodes will be displayed on doors and areas around the building for you to be able to scan with the new NHS Test and Trace app. – Please bring your tickets with you, and have them ready for scanning. – Please ensure you wear your masks while you are walking around the building, through the foyer to your seats or to the toilets. Medical exemptions do apply, but please let the team know if you are affected by these. – Once seated, please ensure you remain there unless you need to visit the toilet. – Toilets are x2 at a time. – The Bar will not be open to serve drinks, however you may order your pre-showing/interval drinks and snacks ahead of time by e-mailing email@example.com with your seat number, what refreshments you’d like and whether you’d like them pre-showing, at the interval (or both!). These will be brought to you at the appropriate time and payment taken via contactless. – Following the showing please REMAIN IN YOUR SEATS until you are asked to vacate. This will ensure a smooth and socially distanced exit from the venue. – Glass boxes and bins will be left by the doors, we ask that you take your rubbish with you or dispose of it in the bins/boxes provided. – We will be sending you a feedback form, which we would kindly ask that you fill out as soon as possible, so we can refine any of our processes ahead of future events. All those that fill these in, will be sent a free drinks voucher for use at a future event.
We hope you enjoy the film, and we really can’t wait to see you and be in ‘The Room Where it Happens’.
Water (Still & Sparkling) – £1 Magners Original – £3 Bulmers Original – £3 Bulmers Red – £3 Corona – £3 Bira Moretti – £3 Heineken (Can) – £2 San Miguel – £3 Becks – £3 Coke & Diet Coke – £1 J2O Orange – £2 J2O Apple – £2 J20 Raspberry – £2
Snacks Propercorn Sweet and Salty – £2 Propercorn Salty – £2 Minstrels Share Bag – £2 Maltesers Share Bag – £2 Kit-Kat – £1 Mars Bars – £1