The short answer to this question is yes, all our students perform.
At Theatretrain we take part in 3 kinds of shows.
The first is a local show that involves our centre, or we may join forces with another nearby centre. These shows are in a local professional theatre. Previous venues include the Gordon Craig Theatre or The University of Bedfordshire Theatre. we never perform in a school hall.
These shows are created by the students. It’s important to incorporate their ideas into our shows as it gives them ownership of the piece. This way we create parts for everyone. I tend to stay away from named shows like Oliver or Annie or Matilda. This is because there are only a few ‘main parts’ and everyone else is a tree!
All students take part in local shows including our younger minis students. Pieces are created in groups and woven together by our team of fantastic teachers.
The next type of show we take part in is a West End Theatre show. These shows usually involve 8 Theatretrain Centres (around 300-400 Students). Each centre has specific numbers they perform on stage. In the other half they sing in the choir. This means they are on stage for at least 65% of the show. There is the opportunity to audition to sing a solo, but this is optional. These shows involve ALL our main school students and we work together as a centre. We don’t have a ‘performance troupe’. There are extra costs in taking part in the show but these are broken down before the show.
Our emphasis is on the group rather than the individual which means all our students take part. Our more confident students may take the option of leading a piece, while a less confident student can perform within the safety of the group. This gives them that fantastic sense of achievement without feeling exposed and alone.
As Centre Director it is my job to ensure all our students get the most out of our productions. So whatever stage of the journey your child is currently at, My team and I can take you on to the next stop and beyond.