Every Saturday at Theatretrain is slightly different but I’d like to give you an idea of the sort of things that happen during our sessions.
Our classes always start on time so students begin to arrive 10-15 mins before hand. I am at the door ready to greet everyone. I love this bit!
And so we begin!
The first thing that happens is that I announce which group starts with which subject. I rotate this each week so each week the kids start with a different subject to keep them on their toes.
The room goes quiet as I announce, followed by an excited rush of students as they head to their first class of the day.
Each class begins with warm up exercises to get both the body and mind ready for the class. In dance this would involve stretching the muscles. Singing warm ups include vocal exercises. Drama it could involve focus exercises or exercises to introduce the work to follow.
The class may end with a cool-down, which can involve exercises to gradually slow the body and mind down after the session. For example, in a dance class, this might involve stretching and deep breathing exercises.
Once the first hour is complete the groups rotate. So whoever had dance moves to drama, who ever had Drama moves to singing and whoever had singing moves to dance!
And the new class begins. The second class is usually 5mins shorter to allow the students a break before the 3rd hour begins.
After 3 hrs of singing dance and acting, most of our students have flushed faces and have huge smiles on their faces. Parents are waiting to collect their child and I stand by the door to wave everyone off and to ensure each child is reunited with their parent/guardian.