CENTRE STAGE CLASSES (7 - 19yrs)


Centre Stage classes help develop heightened imagination, creative development and improve speech and oratory skills. They also provide the confidence to voice an opinion and to listen to other people’s, as well as gaining advanced listening, reading and concentration skills through both class work and performance projects.

Our younger students are taught to express themselves through positive encouragement and they learn how to understand and empathise with other students and older students will increase their knowledge of plays, music and playwrights, and gain an understanding of stage presence and advanced performance techniques.

As well as regular Saturday classes, we also offer a range of internal and external performance opportunities too, such as;
  • Annual Pantomimes
  • Full Scale Musical Productions
  • At least three Cabaret Evenings per year
  • Showcases
  • A minimum of three plays per 'Festival of Plays' Season
  • An annual 'Oscar Award Ceremony'
  • Numerous Dance Troupe Events
  • Constant local community events throughout the year
  • Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festival transfers with UpStaged Theatre Company
 
 

SATURDAY CLASS TIMES & AGE GROUPS

MORNING SESSION: 10am - 1pm    &    AFTERNOON SESSION: 2pm - 5pm
 
LOWER SCHOOL

Juniors   -   
School Years 3, 4 & 5  
Intermediates   -   School Years 6 & 7
UPPER SCHOOL

Pre-Seniors
   -   School Years 8, 9 & 10
Seniors   -   School Year 11, 12, 13 & plus


THE THREE MAIN DISCIPLINES

DRAMA
 
Within their appropriate age group, students are encouraged to develop their understanding and enjoyment of acting through practical lessons, team building exercises, script work, improvisation and performance. Lessons are structured to suit individual ages and abilities, and every student is given the opportunity to showcase their work throughout the year.  

By exploring a series of fundamental skills, such as; characterisation, movement, ageism, sense memory, emotional memory and voice,  students develop a good grounding in performance technique. Within lessons, students will discover the different disciplines needed for stage dramas and musical theatre.  They will also examine the differences between stage work and working to camera for TV and film.


DANCE
 
Movement and dance are an important part of a performer’s training.  Lessons focus on a variety of dance styles including; modern, jazz, street dance, hip hop, musical theatre and contemporary.  During lessons, students develop performance skills (solo & group work) as well as audition technique. 

Students take part in choreographed routines which are designed to increase observation and retention skills and build ability to work within a structured group.
 

SINGING
 
Singing classes teach warm up technique, breath control, increasing range, clarity and projection.  In addition to working on songs from a variety of musical styles, tutors teach vocal control and microphone technique.  In association with the drama department, students also work on emotional delivery and stage presence. 

Any students with the desire to develop  personal performance skills are encouraged to audition for our popular Cabaret  evenings.  These evenings are usually held once a term, and they give students the valuable opportunity to hone their skills by performing to a live audience.
   


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