“Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination”
// Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Our Sunday classes are split into two teaching Groups (Younger 5 - 10yrs and Older 11-18yrs) and no audition is necessary to join. We believe everyone is on a journey of discovery. Our curriculum concentrates on a range of skills by working as a team. You do not need performance experience to take part, just an open mind and willingness to learn.
HOW MUCH DOES A SESSION COST?
Each 3 hr session is £20. £2.50 of the fee is banked towards Production costs - kind of like a saving club. Pupils also pay an annual membership to use the centre facilities. Please note if a pupil fails to attend a class for any reason, a missed class fee of £10.00 is payable on their return. For siblings of same parent families a sibling discount of £30 applies.
Each Pupil is given an annual 6 weeks no fees for holiday or sickness.
HOW DO SESSIONS RUN?
The idea is simple, and simple ideas are the best! Pupils spend 3 hrs with us rotating between 3 tutors with a short break. We do not include exams in our concept. In doing so, we find that pressure is removed from the pupil, and the expense is removed from the parent! Our philosophy is to assist the growth of the individual by giving them real experience live on stage. Personal growth and team work is the core of our school.
Although classes are separated we very much see the art forms as one. Actors need to move fluently and use a wide vocal range. Dancers need to relate feelings to movement and present a story. Singers need to tell the story of song and express themselves physically. When staging our shows we often use school holidays for intensive rehearsals - additional fees may apply for Intensive Rehearsal periods.
We use improvisation, games and themes to build the elements of character and storytelling leading to more advanced acting techniques.
David Ducasse is Principal of the School. He leads pupils in the Drama sessions and directs and produces our productions.
Usually Jazz or Modern and explores the connection between the Performer and the space around them. A wide range of creative styles and dynamic movement skills are included.
Lisa Petrie is Head of Dance.
We develop the individuals voice. Group singing enhances unison and harmonic skills. When they are ready for it we encourage pupils to take solo parts. Our musical focus is often Musical Theatre, Classical and Contemporary Pop.
Suzanne Richardson is Head of Music.
Plain Black. Black T-shirt or crop top and lycra jazz pants or joggers.
Black split sole jazz shoes/boots or trainers.
Hair should be tied back and older girls are encouraged to wear a light make up. No jewellery or watches to be worn.
Mobile phones and electronic devices should be switched off and we cannot be held responsible for anything lost, stolen or damaged.
A pen, pencil, rubber and working note book are essential.
A file is needed to keep any handouts neat and tidy.
A dictaphone or recording device is useful to support home learning.