TheatreWorks Performing Arts
TheatreWorks is part of Big Red Curtain Ltd. The TheatreWorks section refers to a part-time performing arts school specialising in the advanced tuition of Music, Drama and Dance to students in groups of a limited size with excellent student to teacher ratios. We are not a franchise Big Red Curtain has been setup by dedicated independent teachers who have all worked or still work within schools specialising in performing arts, they all share the same passion for teaching and believe in our main aims of Big Red Curtain:-
We aim to provide high quality tuition to all students interested in the performing arts.
By limiting our class sizes to a good student to teacher ratio and not focus on large class numbers unlike the majority of franchised schools
We aim to improve self confidence and performance skills whilst making the experience enjoyable and fun.
By encouraging everybody to interact with each other we create an exciting varied community cast. By making sure the group is happy it ensures our students can work easily together and learn more as a team.
We aim to prepare our students for a career within the performing arts or as a head start to Degree and Masters Courses.
By providing cross school and college curriculum courses alongside our program towards recognised qualifications in performing arts many of our students are trained to equivalent GCSE and A-Level standards before they reach 16years old, giving them an advantageous start to degree level courses.
We aim to showcase all new skills that students have learned openly for everybody to see their development.
We actively encourage performances showing visible improvements in performance and stage skills and a showcase or performance take place at the end of each term.
Wherever possible we aim to promote (when requested) any of our students to appropriate auditions and or jobs.
We offer a free casting agency directory listing to all of our students providing we have trained them for at least two consecutive terms unlike many other agencies we have no fee for joining and only take a small commission upon the student receiving any work. We are actively working towards building links with advertising agencies, screen and stage casting directors.
Our Part Time Sessions take place at weekends during the school year. There is a small entrance audition to determine your starting level should you choose to take any optional exams with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). These sessions offer advanced tuition and skills and are split into two age groups 6-10s and 10-18s (there is also a separate stage for 4-6s TheatreWorks Early Years). The sessions are three hours in length and are split into different classes specialising in music, drama, dance and technique there are also a range of other classes varying from dance to stage skills and film media. Each term is planned towards a curriculum and no two terms are the same. Each term is structure towards a key event whether it's our annual show at a leading National Theatre (Bradford Alhambra, Leeds Grand or Harrogate Royal Hall) our Winter Production at smaller local theatres, LAMDA examinations or a devised Film production piece.
Part time sessions are comprised of Music Theatre work and Drama. Firstly, each term covers different aspects of music theatre, singing, performing and history of Theatre/film and performances. We look at various techniques eg, torch song, libretto, ballad, book musical. We also have varying specialist classes for stage skills, media studies, theatre art and stage skills.
At the end of each term we hold a performance, the Christmas term is usually in the form of a Pantomime which is written by our Drama Teacher and partially devised by our students. At the Easter Term we hold our annual show in a Professional Theatre. In the Summer term we usually showcase the work we have done towards LAMDA qualifications and a devised drama piece.
In the Music Theatre we look at various techniques for auditions, presentation and cover such techniques as belting safely and in depth vocal workouts to enable the voice to have a better range and quality and tone.
Our part time sessions in Drama cover Mime and Gesture, Abstract Drama, Status, theatre history, the use of voice in Drama, devising and improvising characters. We work on understanding the basic drama techniques such as freeze frame, spotlighting, role playing etc. We also spend a good deal of each term on many different plays and scripts.
We like to involve all of our students in (optional) Drama/Music Festivals and competitions and can also enter students for LAMDA Examinations at least once a year alongside (optional) Individual LAMDA Music Theatre Examinations and Drama Examinations that is when they are not involved in our various productions, shows and charity events.
Children are taught in different groups depending on age and LAMDA level. For each discipline they are split into different classes with a break in between them. The classes can vary from Music Theatre, Drama, Dance, Movement, Stage Skills and Media Studies.
We currently provide a Big Red Curtain Polo Shirt included in our fees, we recommend wearing leggings or tracksuit/training bottoms, we don't have a strict uniform policy where you have to buy all branded merchandise that some other schools insist upon instead we provide a polo shirt and recommend comfortable flexible bottoms (preferably black) the only time we insist upon wearing black bottoms and our uniform top is for LAMDA examinations as it is important to look part of the group and because costumes are not allowed uniform is the best way of doing this. We will be providing our students with a new style top from September 2009 which will be available to look at on the what to wear page soon.
For morning sessions we break for lunch in between the two classes, you can bring a packed lunch or we gather food orders to be placed with a local sandwich shop if students choose to order food we use only one sandwich shop as we can order all food together (to arrive at the same time) a menu from the sandwich shop is available by contacting us.
For afternoon sessions we have a snack break in between the two classes.
For both morning and afternoon sessions we recommend bringing plenty of drinks, it can be thirsty work!