The first one in the academy for 3 years - long story - and not being a fan of the traditional sit in a row staring at a stagee type event, again I have planned the unusual. The principal commented on how relaxed and calm I seem. Well, I can be honest with you lot - I am bricking it. This is how it's going to go - I am only allowed an hour... The hall will be totally cleared of **** (we suffer from this A LOT) We are expecting 150 invited guests - family and staff only.There are 5 performance areas; the stage plus the 4 corners of the hall. There are posh refreshments available. By each performing area there will a few chairs but the idea is that the audience moves to which ever corner is performing -art gallery style -and stays standing. No acts will be introduced but displayed on a ppt. So it's 'play' clap 'play' clap etc. This ensures I will have as many acts as possible in 1 measly hour. Since we are in the middle of a building project, there is no fancy lighting so I am placing a lamp by each corner to create a bit of atmosphere. There is also art on display. A flip chart by each corner and an A5 programme shows runing order and kids involved. Dress code -all black. I have organised most of it myself since I have actually done this before (twice - more time and with tables/candles) and you know how it goes folks. Outside of the performing arts, people just don't know how to do these things. I can visualise it...just really really nervous now. Thanks for listening!