SEDGEFIELD SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
Making a Difference
Programming and community engagement are at the core of The Vocal Room's strategy and we are delighted to announce that we are going to be involved in the running of Sedgefield School of Performing Arts from September 2018!
Sedgefield School of Performing Arts provides training for children aged 3 to 6 years who love to sing, dance and act.
SSPA is currently taking expressions of interest for an additional afternoon class for 3-6 year old children. We are also accepting expressions of interest for older children who would like to train with us in the autumn term (Starting September 2018).
Please contact us to ask to be added to our list.
3-6 YEARS CLASS
The current 3-6 years old class is held at Sedgefield Community College on Saturday mornings.
Sessions are 90 minutes long and include a 10-minute comfort break (so please don't forget to pack a healthy snack and drink!)
The class runs from 10:00 am until 11:30 am. Registration is from 9:50 am (This class is fully booked but fortunately, we are taking expressions of interest for another class. Please contact us to add your child or children to the list).
Sessions are designed to encourage students to explore and develop their performance, and creative skills. Children learn effective communication and teamwork skills through the arts and this is encouraged through creating stories and play.
Classes are designed around a termly theme with a weekly sub-theme as the focus.
At the end of each term there will be an in-house showing of work or performance for family and friends. This is part of the training; performance skills are life skills and it is a chance for the students to showcase what they have been working so hard on.
Fees can be paid on a monthly or termly basis via Direct Debit.
£50 per month (for three months) Paid before the first session of each month.
£135 per term (discount of 10%) Paid before the first session of each term.
A 25% discount is available for siblings of a full fee-paying student.
Fees are inclusive of all sessions, workshops and master classes.
Fees are Membership based and no refund is available for non-attendance.
If a session needs to be cancelled by the SSPA, the time will be made up.
For health and safety reasons, we request that the uniform is adhered to.
*We will not be able to teach your child if they are not in trainers or dance shoes. The purple T-shirt helps others identify the group incase of emergency.
SSPA will provided your first T-shirt.
SSPA PROGRAMME LEADER
Lucy is a professional actor represented by one of the most respected and the most longstanding agent in the North East, Janet Plater Management.
Lucy has completed the 1 year professional standard acting training programme called Project A at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle (2015-2016).
She began acting, singing and dancing when she was 15 and performed regularly with her local amateur dramatics group, where her favourite role was Nancy in Oliver.
Lucy has now worked professionally within the industry for 2 years. She has performed in pantomimes and summer shows at Intu Metrocentre, in educational pieces across the region and also short comedy films. She is currently working on a show with The Customs House in South Shields called Is This Your Story, a theatre in education piece funded by South Tyneside Council.
Lucy has taught dance and drama in the region for 3 years. She has worked at two separate youth theatres and has experience working with young people aged between 3-11 years old.
Lucy said, "I absolutely adore teaching and I am so looking forward to taking on a more senior role at SSPA".
SSPA ASSISTANT TUTOR
Megan is a professional actress based in the North East. She has completed the 1 year Foundation Course in acting and Musical Theatre (2015-2016) at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. The lead patron at LIPA is Paul McCartney. Following that, Megan studied at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle (2016-2017) on the 1 year professional acting training programme entitled 'Project A'.
Megan has always had a passion for the performing arts for as long as she can remember. She has danced since the age of 3 years old, training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. She began acting and singing classes at the age of 8. Megan has now worked professionally within the industry for over a year. She has performed in various plays, pantomimes, and community theatre shows at many venues throughout the UK including Hull Truck Theatre, Alphabetti Theatre (Newcastle). She has just returned from a three month U.K. community theatre tour and is due to appear as Fairy Godmother in Cinderella this Christmas at The Garden Room Tennants in Leyburn.
Megan has taught dance and drama around the U.K. and abroad for 5 years. She has worked at various schools, youth theatres and has experience working with young people aged between 3-16 years old.
SSPA SUPPORT TUTOR
(POSITION CURRENTLY FILLED)
The SSPA Support Tutor role is a volunteer position for a young person between the ages of 14-17 who has an interest in the arts and teaching. The assistant must reside in Sedgefield or one of the surrounding villages. The assistant will be with us for 1 full term, perhaps for the long term should they desire. The assistant will receive training and guidance and have the opportunity to learn from our industry specialists. This role will help boost a CV or give the assistant tutor exciting content for a university application form. We will also supply references for future work.
*We are very excited to announce that the assistant role has been filled already for the autumn term 2018!
SSPA AUTUMN 2018
Week 1 - Sat 8th September 2018
Week 2 - Sat 15th September 2018
Week 3 - Sat 22nd September 2018
Week 4 - Sat 29th September 2018
Week 5 - Sat 6th October 2018
Week 6 - Sat 13th October 2018
Autumn half-term 2018 (Week 1/2) - Sat 20th October 2018
Autumn half - term 2018 (Week 2/2) - Sat 27th October 2018
Week 7 - Sat 3rd November 2018
Week 8 - Sat 10th November 2018
Week 9 - Sat 17th November 2018
Week 10 - Sat 24th November 2018
Week 11 - Sat 1st December 2018
Week 12 - Sat 8th December 2018
HISTORY AND HOW THE VOCAL ROOM ARE INVOLVED
SSPA was founded in September 2017 by a local actor and teacher, Robyn Kinnersley. The school has been running very successfully for one academic year.
Like a lot of bright, young, talented creatives, Robyn decided to make the move to London in the summer of 2018 to further her career and training. The Vocal Room became aware that Robyn was looking for support to keep her vision alive and build on the fantastic training programme that she had created with her friend and teaching partner Lucy Walton. That's where we come in.
Firstly, we are over the moon that Lucy has decided to take over the leadership role at SSPA and Megan Robson will be taking the role of Assistant Tutor from September 2018. Both Lucy and Megan have so much to offer the young people at SSPA, in addition to having a passion for teaching in the performing arts, they are both also professional actress in their own right. If you haven't done so already, you can read more about Lucy and Megan here.
The Vocal Room aim to invest heavily in supporting local creatives. Additionally, we want to harness talent and create opportunities here in the North East. We embrace the fact that our tutors are professional actors. Facilitating the chance for our tutors to attend acting auditions and work within the industry is a positive thing. We are helping to promote excellence in the area by allowing them to work and share their professional expertise and experience, which will in turn raise the standards of teaching. The tutor will continue to make professional contacts and bring industry standard knowledge right back into the school.
On occasion, tutors may be absent, working away in a professional context. In this instance; 1. you will be informed as soon as possible and 2. Hannah or Pippa will cover the class and work with the students on their project.
SSPA Support Tutor Role
We have created an opening for an support tutor, a volunteer position for a young person who has an interest in the arts and teaching and who resides in Sedgefield or one of the surrounding villages. This position has been filled for the autumn term 2018. For more information click here.