Sunday, 7 August 2016

You found us! Tenterden's best kept secret!

Faeries : The Quest for 
The Purpley Sunflower 
The Sinden Theatre : July 2016


The Academy – Tenterden's brilliant Saturday morning stage school re-opens on Saturday 3rd September

The Academy welcomes all children, whatever their ability, into a caring and nurturing environment; one that is sure to develop theatre skills and improve self-confidence. 


We guarantee your child a unique theatrical experience and the opportunity to make new friends
– and it's a great way to have fun!

Located at The Sinden Theatre studios, we have 4 separate age groups – each with professional tuition in singing, dancing and acting. 


Joining us?
If you'd like to join in the fun, or book a free try-out, contact us on 01580 761359, or email : theacademystageschool@gmail.com

Fees 

Fees are the same for each term, regardless of the number of weeks

Topaz Group (6–8yr olds) : 9.30am – 12 noon : £80 per term
payable at the start of each term, cash, cheque or online,
or by Monthly Standing Order at £40 per month from Sept 2015 to August 2016

Main school (8–15 yr olds) : 9.30am – 1pm : £130 per term
payable at the start of each term, cash, cheque or online,
or by Monthly Standing Order at £65 from Sept 2015 to August 2016


Term dates
T1 : 03 Sept – 22 Oct / 8 wks   
T2 : 05 Nov – 17  Dec 
/ 7 wks   
T3 : 07 Jan – 11 Feb 
/ 6 wks   
T4 : 25 Feb – 01 April 
/ 6 wks   
T5 : 22 Apr – 27 May 
/ 6 wks   
T6 : 10 June – 22 July 
/ 7 wks
 

Show dates
Saturday 25 February 2017 : special anniversary concert with Cranbrook Town Band
Sat 01 & Sun 02 April : Lilliput Cove
– a drama and dance showcase

Sat 15 & Sun 16 July : End-of-Year Show

What The Academy offers

>      a regular 40 weeks each year, in 6 terms to match Kent schools.
>      3.5 hours every week – 140 hours a year – equivalent to just over £5 per hour.
>      4 separate age groups, but with opportunities to work with different ages.
>      unrivalled self-contained, safe environment – with free car parking.
>      a massive purpose-built dance studio, mirrored on two sides.
>      2 huge built-for-purpose ‘black box’ rehearsal rooms.
>      individual space for our 6 – 8 year olds, our amazing Topaz group.
>      residency at the only theatre in The Borough of Ashford.
>      the Sinden’s professional technical crew and management.
>      2 unique shows a year, devised and written specifically for your children.
>      additional on-stage experiences (charity shows, Tentertainment etc).



Faeries : The Quest for The Purpley Sunflower : The Sinden Theatre : July 2016

Monday, 29 February 2016

Our 10th anniversary : FAERIES

Our 10th anniversary production is another original musical, 'Faeries'.
It's on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 
at The Sinden Theatre in Tenterden.

Membership of all our groups is currently full and the show is fully cast. 
However, you're welcome to join our waiting list.

Come my goodly people, to a world often scary.
A world of Goblins, Evilish Elves and Rainbow-Faeries.
A world incomprehensible to thou ludicrous Newmans.
A nocturnal world filled with magical inventions.
By some fairly faery miracle, these faeries are born;
At the tilly age of seven and at an odd-day’s dawn.
Faeries only groweth to fourteen plus one;    
A little bit weird, but tis what must be done.
From then they’re immortal and do liveth forever;
But one thing eludes them, in their endeavour.
To do what they wanteth from Monday to Friday
To ne’er be sensible or keepeth their rooms tidy.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

10th Anniversary : The Park : 30 + 31st Jan 2016

Ever sat in a café, on your own, reading a magazine or pondering over the menu? Only you’re not reading, are you? You’re listening-in. Eaves-dropping on private conversations. Don’t worry, it’s natural. We can’t help it. Whatever they’re talking about, it’s not our concern, is it? Are they angry? A bit too excited? Got the giggles – or sounding rather sad, we can do nothing about any of it. Except listen. We have no idea who they are, where they came from, why they’re upset, or why they seem so much happier than we are. They get up and leave – and we’ll never know if she did give him a piece of her mind, whether they got back together, or what happened next. No happy endings. No conclusions. With kids, it’s much the same, only they don’t hang about in cafés as much. But what if you were a tree? That’s right – a tree, in a park, in the picnic area – where all sorts of people come and go; a perfect place for you to listen in. Nobody knowing you’re there (being a tree that is.) So – who was the old man? Was that really a magic ring? Are there pirates in the park? Are girls better than boys? How did she lose the ring? What’s it like to fall in love? Why kill a squirrel? And why would you write your own story? These are their stories. And we’ll be listening-in. In The Park.

The Park is a full length drama, especially written for The Academy’s 10th Anniversary year. 

The Sinden Theatre. 30 & 31 January 2016

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Helping your child grow in confidence

New school year starts Saturday 5th September

Tenterden’s brilliant Saturday morning stage school re-opens on the 5th September with a special Open Day. 

The Academy welcomes all children, whatever their ability, into a caring and nurturing environment that is sure to develop theatre skills and improve self-confidence. 


We guarantee your child a unique theatrical experience and the opportunity to make new friends
– and a great way to have fun!

Located at The Sinden Theatre studios, we have 4 separate age groups – each with professional tuition in singing, dancing and acting.


Fees 

You are welcome for a free try-out at any time. 
Fees are the same for each term, regardless of the number of weeks

Topaz Group (6–8yr olds) : 9.30am – 12 noon : £80 per term
payable at the start of each term, cash, cheque or online,
or by Monthly Standing Order at £40 per month from Sept 2015 to August 2016

Main school (8–15 yr olds) : 9.30am – 1pm : £130 per term
payable at the start of each term, cash, cheque or online,
or by Monthly Standing Order at £65 from Sept 2015 to August 2016

Term dates
The Academy is open the day after Kent Schools break-up and closed the weekend before they go back (at the end of the break).


T1 : 05 Sept – 24 Oct / 8 wks   
T2 : 07 Nov – 19  Dec 
/ 7 wks   
T3 : 09 Jan – 13 Feb 
/ 6 wks   
T4 : 27 Feb – 26 March 
/ 5 wks   
T5 : 16 Apr – 28 May  / 7 wks   
T6 : 11 June – 23 July 
/ 7 wks
 

Show dates
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 February 2016
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July 2016
+ Tentertainment : Sat 2 July 2016


What The Academy offers

>      a regular 40 weeks each year, in 6 terms to match Kent schools.
>      3.5 hours every week – 140 hours a year – equivalent to just over £5 per hour.
>      4 separate age groups, but with opportunities to work with different ages.
>      unrivalled self-contained, safe environment – with free car parking.
>      a massive purpose-built dance studio, mirrored on two sides.
>      2 huge built-for-purpose ‘black box’ rehearsal rooms.
>      individual space for our 6 – 8 year olds, our amazing Topaz group.
>      residency at the only theatre in The Borough of Ashford.
>      the Sinden’s professional technical crew and management.
>      2 unique shows a year, devised and written specifically for your children.
>      additional on-stage experiences (charity shows, Tentertainment etc).


Thursday, 7 May 2015

All you've ever wanted to know about The Sonic Banana Cabaret!

Our End-of-Year Show has become an End-of-the-Pier show – with our summer showcase set at the seaside! We’d love you to join us, dressed for the beach (no, not in your bikini!) – but shorts, sandals, colourful shirts, vests, big straw hats and sunglasses!

We’re concentrating on fun and music – no heavy dramas and no weepies – and we’re pushing the boat out, in cabaret-style – with tables and chairs around a seaside pier! Our ‘Lighthouse Bar’ will be in the room – so no need to wait for the interval to get a drink! There’s a limited number of tables which seat 4–6 – so book yours soon!

Performances : to accommodate our film crew, we’ve had to re-schedule the show to 7.30pm on Saturday 18th July – with a matinée at 3pm on Sunday 19th July. Dress Rehearsal will be during our normal Saturday morning (18th), extended to 2pm, for all age groups.

Box Office : Tickets are £10 for adults and £7.50 for children (sorry, no concessions). Cabaret tables are for up to 6 people and may be shared, so please book early. Book with us on 01580 715831 or email us at: theacademystageschool@gmail.com – with details of adults/children and which performance.

Production Fee : Most of the ticket money goes on theatre hire and staffing the event. We recycle a lot of our costumes, but there’s always something more needed; so to help with these costs and the staging of the show, we need to ask for your help again, with a  £15 production fee. Soon as possible, but please keep it separate from any term fees, or our accountant will shoot us!

Awards : The week after the show (25th July) it’s our Academy Awards event. We’d like to invite you along at 12 noon, to round off the year with our Awards, Reports and Certificates – maybe some surprises! It’d be really useful if you’d let us know if you’re planning to stay with us next September.

Tentertainment!  But before all that, we’re at this year’s Tentertainment – Tenterden’s own music festival in the park – on Saturday 4th July; we need to meet at 9am to get ready for a 10am performance, when we’ll preview songs from Sonic Banana, and hopefully, a reprise of our LesMis set.

Thankyou for lending us your wonderful children every week, and to all the lovely volunteers who are going to help with the show (even if they don’t know it yet!)
We’ll moving in and setting up at 4pm Friday 17th July. Anyone? 













Tuesday, 17 February 2015

WORKSHOPS : SAT 28 FEB

Here's an opportunity to find out what fun you can have at our Saturday morning stage school! Come along at 9.30am and spend three and a half hours with us – singing, dancing and acting.  
You'll quickly make new friends and have a great time at these Free Workshops – all you have to do is book yourself in. Email us at : theacademystageschool@gmail.com
or call the academy on 01580 715831

This special event is on Saturday 28th February, (if you can't make that date, contact us and we'll fit you in some other time!)
Our studios are behind The Sinden Theatre in Tenterden, in the grounds of Homewood School, Ashford Road, TN30 6LT

The Academy is an independent Saturday morning stage school, teaching singing, dancing and acting to 6 –14 year olds. 
We have 4 groups; Topaz are 6–8 yrs old and work from 9.30am till 12 noon. Fees are £80 per term, 6 terms a year. Amber are 8 – 10s, Ruby are 10–12s and Sapphire the over 12s; these groups stay till 1pm. Their fees are all £130 per term, 6 terms a year.
The Academy welcomes all-comers; you don't need exams, qualifications or experience – just your enthusiasm will do! We present two shows every year and create new experiences for our students.


Monday, 19 January 2015

The Academy Stage School's Valentine Showcase
Out of Love
2.30pm and 6.30pm
Sunday 15th February 2015


This show is not about romance, but it is about love; the love of each other, the love of ourselves, our children, the love of food, the love of fun, and the never-ending quest for love, in almost every song. With this show, we also have everyone doing what they do – out of love. 

 
Come and see this talented group of young performers; if you join the Academy afterwards, you get your ticket money back!

Tickets : £10 adult / £7.50 child
Box office : 01580 715831
or email : theacademystageschool@gmail.com

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Method in our Madness

Studying the theories of Stanislavski; the kids at The Academy are having fun this term learning the theories of method acting. You'll see the results in our February show!






Amber group 
with mixed 
emotions



Incredible Hulk 
lookalike!
Sapphire getting 
their heads round 
Stanislavski








Left : Oscar 
explains it all to 
Topaz group

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Academy's Year

Topaz : 9.30am – 12noon
>  3 classes of about 40 mins each
>  40 weeks each school year
>  6 terms a year       
>  £80.00 per term

Main school : 9.30am – 1pm
>  3 classes of about 60 mins each
>  40 weeks each school year
>  6 terms a year       
>  £130.00 per term

Term dates 2014/15
T1  06 Sep – 25 Oct    8 weeks   
T2  08 Nov – 20 Dec    7 weeks   
T3  10 Jan – 14 Feb    6 weeks   
T4  28 Feb – 28 Mar    5 weeks   
T5  18 Apr – 23 May    6 weeks   
T6  06 Jun – 25 July    8 weeks


Show dates
14 / 15 February 2015
27 / 28 June 2015

Monday, 28 July 2014

'Alice!' – on the hottest, sweatiest day of the year

Doing an extra long dress rehearsal and two full-length shows on the hottest weekend of the year was a crazy, exhausting experience – but somehow, The Academy gang pulled it off! These pictures speak for themselves – and below, our audience have their say too!











Amazing show! Lovely to see all your hard work and that of the children had spectacular results.

Extremely clever the way the Beatles songs were matched perfectly with each scene. 

All the children did brilliantly and expressed so much talent – thanks to the teachers and extreme dedication and your relentless work...

We thank you so much for giving these children the opportunity to enjoy and perform such a wonderful production of Alice. 

Just wanted to say how wonderful we thought 'Alice' was and how amazingly it was produced, from the stunning set and costumes down to the beautiful little programme.

The kids are so lucky to have the chance to be involved in such a professional production and we are lucky to be able to watch them perform and enjoy themselves so much.

Just wanted to congratulate you on another stellar show. You took on a very ambitious project and pulled it off with gusto!  

 
The staging, costumes and script were fantastic, I overheard many of the audience commenting on how impressed they were.

The use of the ‘shadow’ curtain provided some very memorable and powerful images and the inter- linking of the four Alice’s worked extremely well. 

Of course, what really matters is whether the young actors enjoyed themselves, they clearly did, the beaming faces and pride leaving the stage door spoke for themselves.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Wonderful Alice!

We are very busy working on the most ambitious production we've ever done. Our adaptation of 'Alice!' has taken many months of work, developing a script suitable for our gigantic cast. 

Over 50 players, more than 60 characters, 30 scenes, about 130 costumes – and 21 songs and dances!

We have combined Lewis Carroll's famous story with the sound of The Beatles in a 2-hour spectacular – scheduled for the end of the school year, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July.

With some ambitious staging and presentation tricks, 'Alice!' promises to be a wonderful experience for everyone involved!


Here's the important dates:

Saturday 12 July : 9.30 – 2pm
An extra hour (all groups) for our on-stage run-thru in costume

Saturday 19 July : 9.30 – 3pm

You’ll need a packed lunch for the technical & dress rehearsal (no admittance to auditorium while rehearsal in progress please)

A restful afternoon at home and return at 6pm to get ready for the
7pm performance
/ pick-up at Stage Door 9.30pm

Sunday 20 July : 2pm
 

Get ready for the 3pm performance / pick-up at Stage Door 5.30pm

Saturday 26 July : 9.30 – 1pm
 

Parents and families are welcome to join us at Noon for The Academy Awards


Monday, 25 November 2013

My Academy – My Show!

What's different about 'My Show' is that all the songs and dances have been chosen by the kids themselves! They're also helping choose what to wear and will have a say in the staging too!

We asked them what they wanted to do and they weren’t short of ideas; in fact they had so many good ideas, we’re having to do the show in two parts!

The first show at 7pm Saturday 1st February; it's an all-singing, all-dancing special with the unique bonus of several solo performances. 

The second part is at 3pm Sunday 2nd February; this is their drama showcase, showing four separate productions, including a mini-musical 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory'!
   
Naturally they chose some of their favourite songs, but some are quite new to them. Helen and India shortlisted their ideas and they voted on which songs to do. 

In Dance, it was a new approach with our new team, Emma-Lou and Lauren. They offered a choice of genre, and you’ll see, most of them are pretty lively!

Sadie and Pinny have had their work cut-out with a mixed style of comedy and one a bit more serious! Last year we worked mostly from improvisations – but for ‘My Show’, they’ve chosen scripted work from modern writers.

Topaz chose ‘Charlie’ (their Captain’s idea!) So Vicki and Frankiee followed our ‘Wizard of Oz’ idea, shortened the whole thing down, and are pleased to present their own little show – within a show!

We thought that ‘My Show’ was a great opportunity for some solo performances. These songs and dances will be their own work, not produced in classes, but worked on at home, by themselves.

‘My Show’ is their show! But they'd love to share it with you!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Our fantastic professional team

The Academy Team are all experienced professional specialist teachers and Assistants; they all have a lot of real-life onstage experience. Here's who we are!

Principals  David & Jill Waters    
lifetime experience in theatre
founders, Masquerade Theatre Company : masquerade.uk.com
producing / acting / writing / directing / stage design / set building / lighting / sound
costume design + making / props-making / graphic design / coffee-making


The Academy Tutors 

Acting Mignon Brian    
The Sydney School of Acting / BSc (hons) Social Science
professional tutor / writer / director / actor / radio presenter

Singing Vicki Tinkler     

The Brit School graduate / Distinction
singer / dancer / actor / director / all-rounder

Dancing Natalie Bond      

BA Hons : Dance
professional dancer / choreographer / contemporary / ballet / modern / jazz / street 


Topaz Laura Beasley
Performing Arts Degree, Canterbury University
semi-professional performer / singer / actor / dancer / musician


and their Assistants
Acting Jill 'Pinny' White
lifetime experience in theatre
acting / writing / direction / set-building / props-making / costume design + making
 

Singing India May Waters
open-mic singer / busker / student
10 years part-time musical theatre school 


Dancing Georgie Tedora
dance graduate / Greenwich University / K College
10 years part-time musical theatre school / dance fanatic

Topaz Monika Green    

BA Performing Arts Degree
singer / actor / musical theatre performer

Monday, 5 August 2013

FREE TRY-OUTS at Tenterden's best-kept secret

If you'd like a free trial at The Academy, give us a call to let us know you're coming – then come along to The Sinden Theatre at 9.30am (use the Stage Door). The Sinden is at Homewood School, Ashford Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6LT

Our 6 to 8 year olds (Topaz) meet from 9.30 to 11.30am every Saturday in term time, 40 weeks of the year.They have three half-hour classes in singing, dancing and acting – with plenty of time spare for socialising and games. 6 terms per year : £63.00 per term.

For the over 8's, it's 9.30am to 1pm, with a full hour in each class, with specialist Tutors and Assistants for each subject. There's plenty of time built-in for socialising and making new friends.
6 terms per year : £126.00 per term.


The Academy has been established over 7 years; 
we have a lot to offer you:

>  a regular 40 weeks each year, in 6 terms to match Kent schools.
>  3.5 hours every week – 140 hours a year – equivalent cost of £5.40 per hour.
>  4 separate age groups, with opportunities to work with different ages.
>  unrivalled self-contained, safe environment – with free car parking.
>  a purpose-built massive dance studio, mirrored of two sides.
>  2 huge built-for-purpose ‘black box’ rehearsal rooms.
>  plus additional space for our Topaz group. (6–8s)
>  residency at the only theatre in The Borough of Ashford.
>  the Sinden’s professional technical crew and management.
>  2 unique shows a year, devised and written specifically for your children.
>  additional on-stage experiences (charity shows, Tentertainment etc).

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Come and join in the Fun!

Another new school year starts on 7th September, so now's the time to book your place. If you're not already an Academy Star, then contact us now on theacademystageschool@gmail.com

Next year, we’re planning the most challenging and ambitious project we’ve ever done. It’s a major musical show – based on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – and we’re already working on it! 

It’ll be very special, with fabulous modern music and some amazingly weird, scary characters! We'll also have a new dance team with some exciting new choreography!

We’ll also be presenting a showcase called ‘My Academy – My Show!’ For this one, you will choose what’s in it. Each group will work together with the teachers – to choose your own songs, your dances and your acting – and that can be drama, comedy, Shakespeare – whatever you want to do! 

You'll also have a say in what you wear, how it looks – lighting, settings – everything. It’s your show!

 


Musical Mayhem – our week-long summer school

This is Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August, on-stage at The Sinden Theatre. On Friday evening we'll be showing friends and families what they've been up to all week. There'll be some photos in the Kent Messenger next week.

TENTERTAINMENT!

We had a great time opening the show on Saturday's Tentertainment! (6th July). We presented 10 songs and 3 dances and got the day off to a great start! And a whole new experience for 40 enthusiastic young performers!

The Senses : our end-of year show






Our summer show was a showcase inspired by The Senses. With songs, dances and sketches about seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting, a mix of comedy and original drama! 
Highlight was 'The Tasting Game' – a spoof of a TV gameshow where we blindfolded members of the audience and asked them to identify weird and wonderful tastes! Some scary moments there!
Some very original dances and some great ensemble songs in this show : One Day Like This, Something Inside So Strong, Aint Got No / I Got Life and When I Grow Up (from Matilda)
This year we did a Sunday matinée performance, which gave a lot more people the opportunity of seeing our work.