April 19, 2023

What Happens in a Theatretrain Session?

Ever wondered what goes on in a Theatretrain session? While each session varies there are certain elements that happen each week.

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.

Arrival

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!

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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.

Minis

Warm Up

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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.

Skill Building

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The class may then move on to skill-building exercises that focus on developing specific techniques or skills. For example, in singing this might involve practicing scales or singing/performance techniques. In dance this might involve learning a new movement/performance technique.
 
Depending on the class, kids may learn material in preparation for an upcoming performance
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Creative Work

There usually is time devoted to improvisation or creative work. For example in drama they may work on creating scenes using the techniques they have learnt. In dance they may create movement sequences themselves. In singing they may create their own movement or staging to  enhance their performance.
 
Throughout the sessions, there are also be opportunities for collaboration, questions and discussion. The specific format of the class may also vary depending on the age group and skill level of the participants.
 

Cool Down

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.

All Change!

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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.

Home time

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.

Theatretrain, a nationwide provider of weekend theatre schools for young people aged 4-18, specialises in weekly classes in acting, singing, and dancing. An emphasis is placed on learning valuable life skills such as confidence, empathy, courage, and resilience. If you know a child who loves to dance, act and sing or could do with a little confidence boost why not visit to find out what our performing arts classes can offer your child at one of our 80 locations across the UK.

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