Posts Tagged ‘Drama’

Spotlight on… Jade our ‘Marketing Assistant’

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

My Spotlights journey began in 2012, and it has truly been the best thing to of happened to me! Little did I know that 8 years on I would be completing my university placement working at the Spotlights office as a ‘Marketing Assistant’.

I first joined Spotlights in 2012, I had been looking for a theatre school to join in my local area. I originally joined another stage school as my friend was already a student, but I left just after 5 months. I felt that no one was really given a fair chance when it came to castings for productions. When I attended my trial Spotlights immediately felt like a family environment. I really admired how at Spotlights everyone is given an equal chance, no matter your age you were always given your own part together with your own dialogue.

Looking back, my favourite Spotlights memory has to be when I was cast as Nancy in the 2013 production of ‘Oliver’. Since it was in my first term at Spotlights, I never thought I would be cast as the lead. I absolutely loved the production and performing my solo. ‘Oliver’ will have always have a special place in my heart. After leaving Spotlights at the age of 16 I later completed some work experience assisting in the Saturday Little Stars classes. Initially I wanted to add some experience to my CV and what better way to do so by shadowing a class. I learnt more about how the Little Stars perform shows every term which helps them grow in confidence.  After about 6 months I was then asked to become an Assistant Little Stars Teacher I absolutely loved seeing the imagination of the 4-6 year old’s, and not to mention their infectious energy and enthusiasm too!

During my time at Spotlights, I have also assisted at many Summer Schools including, ‘Trolls, Sing and Toy Story 4’. Looking back, I think ‘Trolls’ was one of my favorites the children were so excited about performing the show. They already knew the lyrics to all the songs before we had even started learning them on the first day!!

I’m now in my third-year studying ‘Media and Communication’ at Bournemouth University. I‘m currently on my placement at Spotlights as a ‘Marketing Assistant’ which I’m absolutely loving!. Some of my responsibilities include writing copy for promotional material, scheduling social media posts, writing weekly blog posts and other general admin. My placement enables me to gain experience, putting my learning into a professional environment.

Lastly my advice to anyone thinking about joining a performing arts school, is to just go for it. Attending a new class can be scary especially stepping out of your comfort zone. Spotlights is run by professional and friendly teachers that will be sure to make you feel at ease, at Spotlights every student is valued, and no one is overlooked.

If you would like to find out more about our classes and how we help students realise their potential please get in touch.

Congratulations to our Student Lauren!

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

A huge congratulations to our student Lauren who has been offered three separate Drama Scholarships at Bromley High, Colfe’s School and St Dunstan’s college.

Lauren has been attending Spotlights since she was five years old showing a real passion for the performing arts at such a young age. Lauren has always been a dedicated student at Spotlights, and we have no doubt she will thrive in her next venture. As well as attending Spotlights Lauren also attends LAMDA classes and has done so for the past three years. These classes have helped Lauren develop her self-confidence and performance skills.

In preparation for her Drama Scholarship Exam Lauren put in lots of hard-work. She chose to challenge herself with a monologue from ‘Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which she excelled in. Lauren now has the choice of which Independent School she would like to attend. We are extremely proud of Lauren’s incredible achievement.

If you would like to find out more about our classes and how we help students realise their potential please get in touch.

Spotlight on… Tierney Our Little Stars Assistant Teacher

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

This week we caught up with Tierney, one of our Little Stars Assistant Teachers to hear more about what first attracted her to Spotlights, her favourite memory from being a student and her favourite aspect about teaching our Little Stars!

What first attracted you to spotlights when you joined as a student?
I was looking for a performing arts school and a friend introduced me to Spotlights – it was love at first sight! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and the lessons were so engaging so I signed up straight away!‘.

Favorite memory of being a student at Spotlights?

My favourite memory as a student was performing ‘Bugsy Malone’ at Langley Park centre for performing arts – what a great theatre. It was my first time being cast as the lead; ‘Blousey Brown’ I was so excited to perform my solo song ‘I’m feeling fine’. The atmosphere was amazing, and it was lovely how all the different age groups throughout Spotlights came together and worked so well as a team within the production.’

What do you think the benefits of the performing arts are for children?

I think the performing arts at Spotlights helps children to venture out of their comfort zones and make lots of new friends in a fun and safe environment. The friendly and talented teachers help the children to develop their skills and all of this helps to grow the students’ confidence.’

Favorite aspect about teaching Little Stars?

The most rewarding aspect of being an assistant teacher at Spotlights is seeing the students’ progress over the course of the term. I personally love watching individual students grow in confidence and try new things and it’s amazing to be able to help them do that. I always get a great buzz from the Little Stars end of term performances!‘.

If you would like to find out more about our classes and how we help students realise their potential please get in touch.

Autumn term classes for 7-16 year olds

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Autumn Term classes for 7-16 Year Olds

It’s the start of a new term at Spotlights.  That means for our students in Stars 1,2&3 (age 7-16) it’s time to develop new skills and techniques in drama, dance and singing.  At the end of this term they will present a showcase of class work to family and friends.

We are now working on an exciting mix of musical theatre numbers as well as the latest pop songs and street dance tracks.  In drama we are working on some classic scripts and every child will have a part to play.

This term is a great opportunity for existing students to get their skills up to the next level.  For new students it’s really exciting to see how much they can pick up in a short time when they present their classwork at the end of term showcase.

If you would like to find out more about our classes are how we help students realise their potential please get in touch.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory for 4-6 year olds

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for 4-6 Year Olds

Every term our pupils age 4-6 at our Little Stars classes take part in a mini-musical.

This autumn term our Little Stars will be having an adventure with Charlie, Willy Wonka  and all their friends.

They will be introduced to the characters in this story by our amazing teachers through fun games and drama techniques.  As the weeks progress, all the kids will have the chance to learn funky dance routines and songs from this classic tale.

Every child has a part to play with their own script and lines of dialogue.  At the end of the term family and friends are invited to come and watch an awesome show.  We provide the kids with a costume that’s just right for them and their character.

If you would like your child to take part in our next mini-musical project please get in touch to arrange a free trial class.

Mary Poppins summer workshop for 7-16 year olds

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Mary Poppins summer workshop for 7-16 year olds

This summer holiday we invite your child to take part in our Mary Poppins workshop for 7-16 year olds.

Our summer workshop is an exciting mix of drama, dance and singing taught by our professional team.

On the last day of the workshop your child will perform a costumed mini musical based on this classic story.

The workshop runs from 9:30am to 3:00pm each day.

We are in West Wickham from 29th July to 2nd August

We are in Orpington from 5th August to 9th August

The price is only £125 for the week (£90 for siblings).

Please get in touch to book your child’s place.

 

Toy Story summer workshop for 4-6 year olds

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Toy Story summer workshop for 4-6 year olds

This summer holiday we invite your child to take part in our Toy Story workshop for 4-6 year olds.

A whole week of fun where they will meet Woody, Buzz, Jessie and all their friends.  Our summer holiday workshop is an exciting mix of drama, dance and singing taught by our professional team.

On the last day of the workshop your child will perform a costumed mini musical based on this lively story and its colourful characters.

The workshop runs from 9:30am to 12:30pm each day.

We are in West Wickham from 29th July to 2nd August

We are in Orpington from 5th August to 9th August

The price is only £75 for the week (£55 for siblings).

Please get in touch to book your child’s place.

 

Peter Pan for 4-6 year olds

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Peter Pan for 4-6 Year Olds

Every term our pupils age 4-6 at our Little Stars classes take part in a mini-musical.

This summer term our Little Stars will be having an adventure in Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, and all their friends.

They will be introduced to the characters in this story by our amazing teachers through fun games and drama techniques.  As the weeks progress, all the kids will have the chance to learn funky dance routines and songs from this classic tale.

Every child has a part to play with their own script and lines of dialogue.  At the end of the term family and friends are invited to come and watch an awesome show.  We provide the kids with a costume that’s just right for them and their character.

If you would like your child to take part in our next mini-musical project please get in touch to arrange a free trial class.

 

Summertime classes for 7-16 year olds

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Summertime classes for 7-16 Year Olds

It’s summertime at Spotlights.  That means for our students in Stars 1,2&3 (age 7-16) it’s time to try out new skills and techniques in drama, dance and singing.  There is no pressure of a show this summer term so it’s time to get creative with our class content.

We are now working on the absolute freshest material from artists such as Rag’n’Bone Man and Calvin Harris in singing; Zookeper in dance and movie scripts from Hollywood blockbusters in drama.

We change up the content every few weeks in each class to keep everyone excited about the next mini project.

This term is a great opportunity for our students and teachers to try out new techniques.  Some examples include a “hot seating” technique in drama.  This allows every child the opportunity to develop a character from a script.  The character is brought alive away from the dialogue that is set in the script.  Each student can make the character their own and this develops their confidence in performance.

In singing, we are focusing on solos and duets and some beautiful harmonies in class groups.  We have even found that without the pressure of performing to an outside audience some of the shyer singers are happy to try solo singing.  We will encourage those individuals and maybe they will sing a solo in their next show to family and friends.

In dance, the students are learning how to dance as an ensemble which requires teamwork.  Individually each student is being encouraged to perfect their own street dance technique.  Our professional choreographer is putting together some dances with a street attitude.  We are looking forward to developing these techniques further ready for our next showcase at the end of the year.

If you would like to find out more about our classes are how we help students realise their potential please get in touch.

 

Annie for 7-16 year olds

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Annie for 7-16 Year Olds

This spring our students age 7-16 are working on their latest musical theatre production – Annie!

Every child will have a part to play in this classic story.

Over the coming weeks we will introduce the key characters, songs and dances and all cast members will have the opportunity to shine in front of an audience of family and friends in a professional theatre space in April.

If you have a child age 7-16 who would like to take part in this production, it’s not too late!  Please get in touch with us to book a free trial by Saturday 19th January 2019.