Performing Arts is a high-energy class oriented around musical theatre performance. Tuition focuses primarily on dance; various styles and eras of dance are explored in any one academic year and every student will be a part of numerous choreographic performances. Singing and acting is also included.
All students work towards the presentation of a major show each year. Performing Arts students have performed in many venues in recent years including The Alhambra Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre, York Theatre Royal, London Festival Hall, Bingley Arts Centre, The Millennium Dome, The Kurhaus Theatre and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Some students have performed abroad and / or before Royalty.
Students have the opportunity to audition for principal roles in the chosen show early in the year before main rehearsals begin. The auditions for named parts will usually consist of either a solo song, script reading, group dance audition or a combination of the three. Once the cast list has been finalised work on the show begins, continuing through to the performances. Acting work becomes a part of some classes and all students will take part in group singing in their respective classes. Additionally, younger classes will explore verse / choral speaking throughout the year. Shows are guided by a creative team of an industry professional director, choreographer and musical director.
As the show approaches, students are invited to attend both Monday and Thursday classes at no extra charge, and some additional rehearsals are held on Sundays or other weekday evenings.
Skills that will typically be covered in Performing Arts include:
Dancing | Singing | Acting | Verse Speaking
Classes run on Monday and Thursday evenings at the Old Bell Chapel, Idle, and are organised as follows:
PA1 or PA5 - Ages 3 to 7, 5.30pm-6.30pm (known as the Reds)
PA2 or PA6 - Ages 7 to 11, 6.30pm-7.30pm (known as the Blues)
PA3 or PA7 - Ages 11 to 14, 7.30pm-8.45pm (known as the Purples)
PA4 or PA8- Ages 14 to 20+, 8.45pm-10.00pm (known as the Blacks)
(Girls) Class catsuit (Red / Blue / Purple or Black), Stage 84 t-shirt, Stage 84 hoodie, black socks, black jazz shoes / character shoes / dance sneakers.
(Boys) Black, plain jogging bottoms (all ages), Stage 84 t-shirt, Stage 84 hoodie, black socks, black jazz shoes / dance sneakers.
Leg-warmers for girls and knee pads are optional extras. Further information here.
Performing Arts offers young people of every age and ability the opportunity to perform at a major regional theatre, be trained by industry professionals and learn new skills. Many Performing Arts students also attend additional classes at Stage 84, including Contemporary Dance, Freestyle Dance, Acting, Speech & Drama and Singing. All students have the opportunity to be represented by the School for potential work in professional television, film, radio and theatre productions.
If you are interested in joining a Performing Arts class at Stage 84, please navigate to our Contact page for contact details.