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Theatre Friday »'Theatre Friday' started in November 2011 and gives pupils the chance to explore both drama and singing. The sessions allow pupils to combine the arts for performances and displays. When combined with dance pupils can then achieve the ultimate triple threat.
'Theatre Friday' pupils perform regularly throughout the year developing performance skills whilst having great fun! The sessions are led by two highly experienced teachers: Audrie Woodhouse and Em Whitfield -Brooks.
Our drama teacher Audrie is an accomplished and sensitive teacher who strives to draw the best and most individual performance from her students. Incorporating her knowledge as a performer and reinforcing her work with academic theories, she has the tools and ability to both nurture the rawest talent in the youngest performer and provoke the most accomplished actor to exceed their expectation. As well as a varied portfolio of teaching expertise, she specialises in Mask and Physical Theatre. In this field she is proud to have worked with practitioners such as John Wright, Toby Wilshire, Luke Dixon, Emily Grey and Gregory Doran, and companies including Trestle, NTC. Furthermore, she has worked for The Royal Shakespeare Company as Mask Consultant.
For some drama is a hobby whilst others aspire for a career in the arts. Whatever your child desires Audrie will inspire confidence, build self-esteem, encourage communication and teach acting skills that can stay with your child forever. Classes are fun, challenging and taught with integrity.
Em has worked at the Sarah Louise Ashworth School of Dance since 2008 as our singing teacher. Her work with the children focuses on a blend of healthy vocal technique, a broad range of repertoire and the sheer joy of singing in a group. Her sessions are always fun and always contain important learning for children about how to care for their voices and how to find the clearest strongest sound without strain. It is easy to push - and damage - a child's voice, so vocal health is a fundamental part of each class.
The importance of breathing and posture, listening for tuning and accuracy, and working in a team to bring the strongest sound and expression to material are all factors that are part of every lesson. If a child can use his or her singing voice confidently, even if singing is not part of a long term or career plan, there is so much benefit to other areas of life for that child. Also, if young dancers want a career on the stage, a confident singing voice will help them get much further in an audition situation. With Em the very youngest children learn from the start that the skills we need for singing are not only transferable but make us feel more confident about our place in a group, and better able to express ourselves with ease.
Theatre Friday Timetable - All 'Theatre Friday' classes take place at the Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall
Classes are £4.00 per 45 minute session or £7.00 for both Drama & Singing.