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THeatretrain Chester

Get to know us

Our theatre classes take place at Queen’s Park High School where our students come together every Friday evening or Saturday morning to connect, learn and create in a safe and inspiring environment. Through the performing arts, we give children and young adults the tools they need, not just to reach their potential on stage, but also to thrive at school and lay the foundations for their future. 

About Theatretrain CHESTER

We were established in 1999 and have created a range of exciting theatre events and productions. Highlights have included:

LICENSE TO THRILL at The Palace Theatre, Manchester

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD – Royal Albert Hall

JOSEPH CHOIR – Theatr Clwyd and Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET – Forum Studio

20@O2 – The O2

Our next production will be THEATRETRAIN’S CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE at The William Aston Hall in Wrexham on 10th December 2022

 

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Meet Steve Davies,
your Centre Director

Steve took over Chester Theatretrain in April 2005 and over the next four years successfully opened the schools in Wrexham, a second Chester School on Fridays and then the Mold School. Steve’s role is to oversee the artistic and teaching standards within the schools. He also regularly leads classes if teachers are off for any reason and also creates all of our productions by bringing together the various aspects of the show at the final stages of rehearsal. As well as leading workshops in primary schools in the area Steve also regularly acts and directs. Having been a member of Tip Top Productions since the company’s inception he also has the responsibility of being the group’s Artistic Director. He has also worked as a professional actor on stage and TV screen.

In July 2022 Steve received the Outstanding Centre Director Award at The Theatretrain Annual Conference

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Leah
Tyson

Dance Teacher – Saturdays

Leah has been dancing since the age of 2 and later on took exams in ballet, modern and tap. She went on to train at Cartrefle College in performing arts and then onto Dance City in Newcastle. After her training, Leah danced professionally abroad for many years before coming back to her home town where she is now Team Leader- Venue Liaison for British Isles DBT Training and the Dance Teacher for Theatretrain, Chester. Leah has been fortunate enough to perform at the O2 Arena with her son Sam. Leah has performed for many years with Tip Top Productions in shows such as; Beauty and the Beast, La Cage Aux Folles and Cats. Leah has also choreographed numerous Pantomimes for Grove Park Theatre.

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Kate
Strudwick

Acting Teacher – Saturdays

Kate started in the performing arts at the age of six. She performed in many productions and completed exams in acting, singing and dancing, achieving Grade 8 in LAMDA. Kate has a BTEC in Performing Arts. She is an accomplished clarinet player, plays the violin, saxophone and flute also, and was a member of the Four Counties Choir for North Wales. Kate was also selected as a reserve for the National Youth Choir of Wales. Kate worked as an Assistant Drama Teacher for 6 years – directing her own show and assisting with multiple productions during that time.
 
 
 
 
 
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Bethaney Wellings-Davies

Singing Teacher – Saturdays

Bethaney has been performing since a young age, excelling in Musical Theatre, Rock, Jazz, and Classic Soprano. After graduating from Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Bethaney has performed as ‘Velma Kelly’ in Chicago, ‘Sally Bowles’ in Cabaret and ‘Ann Portico’ in Half A
Sixpence. Bethaney is also lead singer for the alternative/rock band
‘The Remedies’.  She has been a singing teacher for a several years
encouraging her students to reach limits they themselves thought
impossible. She’s helped students prepare for drama school auditions and children’s West End debuts auditions.

 

 

 

 

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Rob Stevens

Dance Teacher – Fridays

Rob trained in Theatre & Dance in Salford University and after graduating went on to tour the country in Panto. After this he moved to Paris and joined the Entertainment Cast at Disneyland Paris performing in the daily shows and parades in the park. After two summer seasons at Disney, Rob returned to the UK and started working as a freelance Choreographer & Director for various companies in the North West – productions includes Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Guys & Dolls, Seussical, 42nd Street, Bouncers, Shakers, Avenue Q and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few. He has also performed in various plays and musicals with roles including Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Bobby in Company, Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl, Don Lockwood in Singin in the Rain and Al in A Chorus Line. In Pantoland Rob has performed in & directed various pantomimes over the years, all over the UK and also onboard the MV Bretagne in their summer pantos. For the past 6 years he has appeared at the Grange Theatre Northwich as the Dame for KD Productions and most recently he toured the country in their pantomime Wizard of Oz playing the role of Glinda the Good! Rob teaches all three disciplines of dance, drama and music for Theatretrain and for various other groups. He also runs performing arts sessions for Deva English & English In Chester where he teaches students from various countries around the world!

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Kate Salmon

Acting Teacher – Fridays

Kate is an actress and director who trained at the Royal Central School of Speech Drama. After graduating with a Masters distinction Kate make her professional Musical Theatre debut in the UK No1 tour of ‘Girls Night’. Alongside starring my many Pantomimes her other credits include; Mrs Durbeyfield in the musical revival workshop of Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Gudrin in the UK premiere of Sigrun’s Firewritten by Stephen Clark (Zorro, Martin Guerre and Love Story), BBCs Doctors, Principal Vocalist in Live at the London Palladium (London Palladium). 
She an associate Director for Anton Benson Productions with her most recent credit directing and starring in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham. Kate has also directed the debut of ‘Justice: The musical the life and trails of Steven Avery’ which showcased at the Lowry. It is based on the popular Netflix series ‘making a murderer’ and is written by Phil Mealey (Royal Family/Early Doors). 
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Carl Jones

Minis & Tinies Teacher – Saturdays

 

Carl been singing acting and dancing from the age of 9 and has taken several exams in ballet and tap. He recently completed the BTEC in Performing Arts at Coleg Cambria. In 2013 Carl was a member of the National Youth Choir for Wales where he performed at The Royal Albert Hall on the opening night of the proms. He has been a member of NEWdance youth company and has performed with them for the last 4 years. In 2015 he became a member of The National Youth Dance Company of Wales, performing in two venues in Wales and a residency performing in Sadlers Wells. As a volunteer, Carl supported the pupils at our Mold School with their appearance at The O2 in 2013 and has also taught at our after school club in Ysgol Bryn Coch, Ysgol Penarlag and Ysgol Bryn Deva
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Barbara Davies

Desk Manager – Saturdays

Barbara has been at the helm for both Chester Theatretrain Schools since January 2008 and she is always there to provide whatever support is needed for the children and to try and answer any questions thrown at her by parents and pupils alike. She has worked with children for many years, coaching young netball teams and as “Brown Owl” with Marchwiel Brownies for 15 years before getting heavily involved with the theatre. She has been  an active member with Tip Top Productions both on and off stage since the early 90’s, performing in various musicals and pantos and assisting with sewing costumes too. She later became wardrobe manager, a role which took up most of her spare time for many years. Since being with Theatretrain her sewing machine has been dusted off many times when costumes have needed sewing for our local and national productions, her favourite being 70 nuns for the Blues Brothers Show in the Palace Theatre, Manchester. (A project supported by a few seamstress parents thankfully!!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Claire Dodd

Minis & Tinies Assistant – Saturdays

 

Claire has been involved in performing arts since the age of 13 when she performed in her first Pantomime, Cinderella, as part of the chorus.
She has performed on stage with Tip Top Productions for many years in larger musicals such as Annie, My Fair Lady and Hello, Dolly! Since having her own children she has taken more of a back stage role for Theatretrain helping with costume changes and making sure the children are side of stage ready for their debuts. She has also acted as relief desk manager for the last 2 years covering all 4 schools when needed.
Claire says that being a part of Theatretrain is a very exciting
experience and she has been fortunate enough to be part of the team when they have taken challenging performances at the O2 Arena and The Royal
Albert Hall with amazing end results; it is very rewarding to see
everyone having fun.
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Wendy Healiss

Classroom Assistant – Saturdays

 

 

    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blog and Events

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Outstanding Centre Director Award

At the Theatretrain National Conference in July 2022 Steve received the Outstanding Centre Director medal in recognition of the commitment to Theatretrain students throughout lockdown…
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