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AKKI's 'atomic rocket' theatre debut!

Last week Akki Aviation took on the task of creating an 'Atomic Rocket' for Advance Theatre Company's production of 'The Wizard of Oz'!


The team tackled the job head on, pulling together all of their various expertise to create the rocket. By recycling two oil drums, they were able to create the body of the atomic rocket.



Of course, it was important to test the vehicle as they went along, to make sure it was up to all of the health and safety regulations!



Here is a time lapse video of the team working on the rocket:



After putting castors on the feet of the rocket it now had movement! It wasn't quite ready to be paraded across the stage of Vandyke Theatre just yet, and needed to be tested by Akki Aviation's official mascot, Callie!



Callie gave it her stamp of approval and it was then time to paint the rocket and pad out the interior.



After a lick of silver paint it was looking like something straight out of Oz! The interior was carpeted and the edges were decorated with grey foam to make it extra comfortable for Dorothy to sit in.


The finishing touches were then put on the rocket. These included fairy lights around the main body, red fairy lights on the rocket exhaust and a light at the front of the rocket!


On the 17th November AKKI Aviation's hand made 'atomic rocket' had it's theatre debut at the Vandyke Upper School Theatre:



As you can see, the atomic rocket looked brilliant on stage! You might also notice that one of our team members is in the photo above! Graham played 'The Great Oz' in the show and was able to show off Akki's fabulous creation during the finale of the show.


Akki were so glad to be able to help create this rocket for Advance Theatre Company's show. Advance Theatre Company, along with their sister theatre company Leighton Buzzard Children's Theatre, are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support this Christmas at a range of events, this season of events is titled 'Sing Out Against Cancer'. The Wizard of Oz raised £1137 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and this will add to the overall total.


Our 'atomic rocket' theatre debut was a success, and we're glad to say that we got Dorothy back home to Kansas in one piece!




Article By Elysia Allsopp

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