We started teaching our drama classes to kids from the age of 5 to 19 in early September and 7 weeks later, I can safely say we’ve got off to a great start! All the students seem to be really enjoying themselves – they keep coming back every week, which is usually a good sign! – and it’s going to be fun presenting a showcase towards the end of term of all the hard work and fun that’s been taking place. I lead the class with the little ones in and though I was slightly daunted in the beginning, I’ve now really got into the swing of it and really enjoy the energy and excitement these kids bring to class every week. There’s nothing quite like the sight of a room full of kids enthusiastically hopping round the room as kangaroos! The older kids are also absolutely brilliant, whether they’re throwing themselves into an improvisation exercise or rehearsing a musical number. It’s wonderful to witness so much passion for performance.
We do still need to fill up one class, 9-12 year olds, but the demand for 5-8s and 12-19s musical drama is so high that we’re going to be introducing a couple of extra sessions so that new kids can sign up for next term. Times still to be confirmed, but we’ve decided on dates:
5, 12, 19 & 26 January
2, 9 & 16 February
No classes on 23rd Feb (half term)
2, 9, 16 & 23 March.
Unfortunately for us the Oasthouse Theatre where we’ve been teaching is going to be unavailable for a few weeks in January and February as the community theatre group there will be using it for their annual pantomime, but we’re on the cusp of sorting out an alternative temporary venue for those first few sessions. I won’t say any more now in case I jinx it!
Meanwhile we’re finally making some real progress with setting up the performance side of this theatre company. We’re going to be doing a little bit of TIE at a school locally early next year, which should be fun to write and rehearse. We’ve also drastically narrowed the field of plays we’d like to perform and this week will be emailing professional theatres about dates of hiring (and cost…), and applying for performance rights. We definitely want our first full production to take place next year, so let’s get on with this thing!
In other news, we had great fun last Saturday doing a photoshoot with our very good friend Tony Whitmore, who last year set up his own wedding photography business. He obviously specialises in capturing special moments at weddings but was kind enough, and is certainly talented enough, to capture a few shots of three actors as well! We’re really looking forward to seeing the photos and using them for publicity in the near future. Obviously we’ll be showing a few of them off here! In the meantime, I highly recommend that you visit http://tonywhitmore.co.uk/weddings if you live in the south/south-east of England and need some excellent photos taken of a special occasion.
There’s lots of other theatre-related things keeping us busy at the moment and soon we’ll let you know about those too. Lots of promises for the future in this post, aren’t there? So you’d better stay tuned!