Our Saturday morning classes for 8-12-year-olds are ninety minutes long and combine drama, dance and singing.
The class is divided into four sections which focus on dance, singing, acting and rehearsal process. The children rehearse a show which is performed for friends and families at the end of term.
This Spring term’s production is Space Academy 19. A group of space cadets are on their way to Space Academy when they are struck by a gravitational wave and forced to beam down to mysterious Planet X. They meet a group of sinister siblings who lead them to the evil genius, Dr. X. Who are these strange people? What are their plans? And why are they building a super bio-computer called "Mother"?
Students play a series of drama games as a team, developing vital interpersonal skills and creative thinking. We use role-plays to boost confidence and communication skills. In this section students also work on creating characters and performing short scenes as well as rehearsing for their end of term production.
Children work on singing technique to develop clear diction, pleasant tone, tuning and rhythm.We then learn popular songs from various genres, including pop and West End, and children are encouraged to sing solo lines if they wish. Singing also helps the speaking voice and this part of the class also focuses on speaking out in front of the group.
We start this section with a fun dance warm-up and stretch followed by games designed to increase body awareness, improve posture and get the children working together as a company. We then teach a dance, using choreography inspired by West End Shows and music videos.
script work & rehearsal process
Students are introduced to the rehearsal process behind some of the biggest shows with actors from the casts of West End shows. In this section students work on real scripts, learning how to make the words come alive, and also rehearse towards their end of term show.