What is a Speksi?
Speksi is a student play that has established its place in the student culture in the Nordics. It combines theatrical play, improvisation, dance and music. The special feature of Speksi is the Omstart! yell (Swedish for “do it again!”) that allows the audience to have an interactive role during the play. After the Omstart! the person who called it may define what (s)he wants the actors to do differently. For instance, “Omstart! Characters X and Y change roles!” forces the actors to play each others roles for a while. Only the sky is limit when the cast and the audience try to make it to the end of the play without falling over with laughter. Read more about the history of Speksi on Wikipedia.
Pictures: Joni Ketola
The history of Helga’s Speksi
The story of Helga’s Speksi started with the Student Culture 2.0 -initiate, which was implemented in 2016 to find out what Helga members want Helga’s student culture to be like in the future. Speksi became one of the central ideas produced by Student Culture 2.0, and the production of the Speksi started in the spring of 2017 to meet the growing demand for cultural and non-alcoholic events. Helga’s first Speksi, Meloni Oy, had its premiere in the May of 2018.
2018 – Meloni Oy (Melon Inc.)
A work group at Meloni Oy gets assigned to organize a launch event for a new mystery product. For some reason everything seems to go sideways, one crazy idea after another blows, and even the manager seems suspicious…
2019 – Rakkaudesta Vankilaan
Actions have been taken to improve the inmates’ well-being in a prison. Therefore Mikael, Marius, Anna and Veronica have ended up in group therapy together. The therapist is trying to calm down the young and fiery Anna, who constantly ends up fighting with the stone-cold CEO Marius. Mikael is trying to cheer everyone up by sharing his own romantic view of the world with the group while Veronica is silently drawing and daydreaming of the future.
These four don’t really get along until they reveal the story of how they ended up in prison in the first place. Is there something more connecting them than just mistakes and passions of their youth as well as a couple of very peculiar police officers? We will soon find out if it is fate or something else entirely that has brought these people together…
The Production Team is responsible for the production of Helga’s Speksi. The team is selected for the duration of one production, which is not tied to the calendar year, and consists of the following people:
Executive producer: Juulia Alanko
Director: Jussi-Pekka Silventoinen
Marketing manager: Elina Sivonen
Executive scriptwriter: Erica Alaluusua
Band manager: Rebekka Linnove
Costumes and make-up manager: Maria Uhre
Set manager: Nea Raitanen
Dance- and choreography manager: Päivi Laukkanen
Technical manager: Samuli Pottonen
You can follow the development of the production in Facebook and Instagram (@helganspeksi). Also the recruitment to different parts of the production is announced there. By following Helga’s Speksi on social media you will join a cultural journey that’s only possible in a student community!
Don’t hesitate to contact the production team at email@example.com even if you don’t speak Finnish.
The Executive Producer of Speksi is responsible for ensuring that many of the various Speksi teams work well as a single entity and he/she arranges meetings for the production team to keep everyone up with the project. Producer ensures adherence to the budget and acquires the production partners and external funding. The well-being of the production team and team members is another important concern for the producer. Promoting a good spirit through, for example, recreation days is the responsibility of the producer and the producer is the person to whom any Speksi team member can turn to in good, bad or any other production-related problem.
As an Event Coordinator, you will be able to plan and execute events related to Speksi, such as sitz, student parties and other promotions where the aim is to market Speksi. The Event Coordinator can also brainstorm recreational days for the Speksi team. In this job enthusiasm and diligence goes a long way and only the imagination is the limit.
As a producer´s assistant, you work closely with the Executive Speksi Producer. You’ll get to work on establishing a sponsor relationship and help with other important production-related issues, such as arranging meetings and arranging training spaces for speksi.
Costumes and Make-up Team Manager
Costumes and make-up team manager, you design the make-up and costumes for actors and dancers with your team. You schedule all the meetings and who does what in the team. You get the clothes and accessories you need for all the character´s costumes and make-up. You collaborate with actors and dancers. On rehearsal days and show times, you commit to being in the theater all day.
The task of the Executive screenwriter is to create frames for Speksi and his/her team. He/she designs and implements the structure, content, and characters of the script together with the team. The screenwriting team is at Speksi throughout the year, but brainstorming and production work is done in late summer / early fall.
It is the task of the Speksi director to bring the script to the stage with his/hers own vision and directing. The director, so to speak, has all the threads in their hands and is responsible for the role of each actor. As a director, it would also be good to know how to stay cool and up to date on everything that happens in the play. They should also be able to plan all rehearsals in advance so that there are no unnecessary breaks and adjustments. As a director, it is also important to be able to communicate with the rest of the production team on matters related to the play.
Helgan Speksi band manager puts the band together, schedules and conducts band rehearsals, composes and arranges Speksi music with the band members, directs the songs, and works in the production team. They will see to it that the music has been implemented in terms of the story effectively. The band manager takes care of the band’s group spirit and guides the players towards a unified sound. He/She also advises singers with the rhythm and purity of the song, and assists with any musical expression as needed.
Dance- and choreography manager
Helga´s Speksi Dance Manager selects a dance team, schedules and conducts rehearsals, choreographs and chooses choreographers for all dances, and assists in the choosing of the production´s songs. The Dance Manager also works closely with the Costume Manager to ensure that the dancers’ outfits are suitable for the choreographies. He/She also makes sure that the rehearsals run smoothly and that all choreographies are done on time and fit into the performance.
As the Technology Officer, you are responsible for the operation of Speksi´s Light and Sound Technology. In this task, the technical devices become very familiar. You make sure that the actors and the band’s sound equipment operates well. The lights create the right mood for Speksi. In addition, the video will be recorded by you.
The marketing manager is responsible for external and internal communication of the production. The marketing team designs and implements marketing materials, is responsible for social media content and ensures Speksi´s visibility as part of the student culture.
As a set manager you are in charge of the visual appearance of Speksi and you will get to plan and implement the sets together with your team. Some of the sets will be purchased ready, but some will be built from scratch, so you will get to use your hand skills.