Our activities are for all ages and participants can join at any time in the year. There is no audition to join any class and most activities work towards regular performances in the Centrestage theatre, our fully operational training theatre which seats audiences of up to 300 capacity.
Centrestage offers music theatre classes to all ages from 4 years to adult. In addition to full scale productions, company members also participate in the cabaret performances staged regularly at CS.
Recent productions include Starlight Express, Sunshine on Leith, The Witches of Eastwick, Les Miserables, Seussical and Loserville.
There is no audition to join any company.
Dance is a major part of the Centrestage curriculum, with all dancers, of all ages, performing in at least two annual productions. Recent productions have included “An Ogres Tale”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Elf”, “ A Wizard’s Tale” and “Happy Feet”.
Dance styles offered include Street Dance, Lyrical Hip Hop, Street Tap, Dance Theatre and Adult Tap and we also offer "Bounce", a Street Dance class purely for boys aged 6-9 years.
A large number of boys participate in all dance and music theatre classes.
No audition is required to join any class.
For those folks who just enjoy singing, we have many different vocal groups covering all ages and styles of singing. Again no audition is ever required to join and we are always delighted to welcome new members to all groups at any point in the year.
Gospel & Soul Choir
Our Gospel & Soul choir is one of our most popular Centrestage groups and is a community of all ages, singing everything from “Oh Happy Day”, “Proud” to “Proud Mary” and “Lean on Me” at their Friday night rehearsals. Classes are completely informal and the ability to read music is not required. A sense of humour definitely helps!
Our all male vocal group “Boys2Men” meet on Monday evenings with a lower age limit of 14yrs and no upper age limit! Boys2Men perform regularly at Centrestage and the only requirements are a good sense of humour, a check shirt and a love of 80’s rock!
Our Chicks and Hens, from girls to grannies, meet every Friday evening, just before Gospel choir, to sing everything from Cher and Gloria Gaynor to Bonnie Tyler and the Spice Girls. This is a completely informal group who perform as part of cabaret nights at Centrestage and there is no requirement to be part of the performances. Just come along and get involved!
Choral group members work towards regular public performances of Classical, Popular, Music Theatre and Scottish SATB repertoire and is open to all ages. Again, there is no audition to join the choir. Choral group allows members the opportunity to socialise through their shared love of music and most importantly enjoy refreshments and Aunt Moira’s famous shortbread included as part of every rehearsal!
Our acting companies encompass a wide range of text-based and improvisatory activities, allowing participants the opportunity to learn skills from a diverse selection of materials. Both Primary and Secondary Acting classes work towards plays and showcases of work.
The CS Actors are one of Centrestage’s most popular adult companies and their most recent productions have included “Acorn Antiques”, “Stepping Out” and “Calendar Girls”.
No audition is required!
We believe that children are never too young to start gaining the social benefits of active participation in the arts.
Our tiniest members, aged from 0-2yrs, can come along to Wriggle and Rhyme, where children and parents sing and play together and explore their creativity through music, storytelling, movement and art in a fun, stimulating and nurturing environment.
Our 2-4 year olds can attend Teeny Talent and Teeny Tap and parents are welcome to remain in the class or to enjoy some time to themselves in the Centrestage café whilst their wee ones enjoy their favourite songs, dances and acting games.
All pre-school classes run at various times throughout the week and children can come to any or all sessions without pre-booking.
Centrestage offers a wide variety of vibrant vocal, dance and acting ASN classes encompassing a diverse range of materials for all abilities and skill levels. All classes give participants the opportunity to socialise and meet new friends throughout the term and each class works towards two performances every year, performed in front of an audience in the Centrestage theatre.
Our Rising Stars class for all ages 6-12 years takes place every Thursday evening.
There are 4 different types of Aspire classes - Aspire2Create (Tuesdays), Aspire2Dance, Aspire2Act and Aspire2Perform (Thursdays).
All parents are welcome to attend the class or can enjoy a coffee and a chat with other parents in the Centrestage café.
Behind the scenes
None of our productions could take place without the time, dedication and talent of our Technical Theatre class. This class, which meets on Saturday mornings, develops knowledge of the theatre and its technology, including sound, lighting, set design and set building. Participants learn theory and practical skills as they work towards assisting the technical crew in live theatre performances.