Our Creative Learning program
Centrestage is for anyone- regardless of age, background or experience. Everyone can participate in the arts at Centrestage. All classes and activities work towards performances staged in the Centrestage Theatre and all productions are created in-house, with all performers coming from members of our diverse community. Please see the diverse range of classes we offer below or simply call 01563 551505 or email a member of the team for more information.
Centrestage offers music theatre classes for all ages, making up a large proportion of our class timetable. In addition to our large scale productions, all music theatre classes work towards regular themed cabaret performance through out the year, which gives each participant the opportunity to perform solo regardless of age, background or experience. There is no audition to join any class. Each of our Music Theatre classes have the opportunity to stage at least one full musical per year. Recent productions have included The Witches of Eastwick, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anything Goes, Chess, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Aladdin, Mulan, Rent, A Christmas Carol and Les Miserables. Participating in these productions instills all company members – on and offstage – with confidence, self belief and continuous improvement from an early age as they grow and develop, not only as performers, but in their personal development as individuals. Each Music Theatre company, regardless of age, stages their own fully cast musical at a time most appropriate to them in the annual production calendar. Click and download OUR ACTIVITIES for days and times.
Gospel & Soul Choir
Since 2006, the Gospel and Soul Choir has been an integral part of our class timetable and has become one of our most popular classes. The Gospel and Soul Choir is comprised of individuals from all walks of life and embodies a true community atmosphere as members enjoy harmonising to a wide range of Gospel and Soul favourites every week. The ability to read music is not at all necessary. All that is required is a love of music and a sense of humour! Repertoire includes Oh Happy Day, Something Inside So Strong, You Raise Me Up, Proud, Lean on Me and This Little Light of Mine and new material is added at most rehearsals. Click and download OUR ACTIVITIES for days and times.
Boys 2 Men
Boys2Men meets on Monday evenings and is for men aged from 14 years with no upper age limit! The ability to read music is not at all necessary as the group works together to create their own unique sound in an atmosphere of camaraderie and good humor. Boys2Men deliver regular performances at Centrestage and are in great demand for a wide range of community events. Their repertoire includes anything heard regularly on Radio 2! Click and download OUR ACTIVITIES for days and times.
Dance is a major part of the curriculum at Centrestage, with a wide range of styles and classes being offered to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. There are a large range of classes and styles available including street dance, lyrical hiphop, tap, street tap, Broadway, world dance, boys’ street dance and contemporary styles. The main emphasis within our dance classes is the development of confidence and performance skills, with all classes performing in at least two dance showcases annually. Our dancers also regularly perform at other events, both within Centrestage and in the wider community. Another unique aspect of dance at Centrestage is that our classes are all involved in annual full -scale dance productions and original devised performances. Click and download OUR ACTIVITIES for days and times.
We believe that children are never too young to start gaining the social benefits of active participation in the arts. Teeny Talent is aimed at children aged from 2-4 years and parents can elect to remain with their little ones or enjoy some time to themselves as the children explore their creativity through music, storytelling, movement and arts and crafts in a fun, exciting and nurturing environment. Wriggle & Rhyme is our class for babies and toddlers aged from birth to 2 years where children and parents sing and play together in a creative and social atmosphere. Both Teeny Talent and Wriggle & Rhyme run at various times during week days and children can come to any or all sessions without pre-booking. Click and download OUR ACTIVITIES for days and times.
Our Acting classes encompass a wide range of text-based and improvisatory activities, allowing participants the opportunity to learn skills from a diverse selection of materials. Specialised techniques such asactingthroughsong, actingforfilm, stagefightinganddialectare delivered at stages appropriate for the participants and class members are encouraged to reflect on how skills learned are transferable to real life situations within school and work environment. Click and download OUR ACTIVITIES for days and times.
There are a range of adult fitness-based classes, including Zumba Fitness® and Adult Tap Fit at Centrestage. There are various sessions throughout the week, all of which run without pre-booking and anyone can drop in at any time. Click and download OUR ACTIVITIES for days and times.
None of our shows could happen without the time, talent and dedication of the members of our Technical Theatre classes. This class develops knowledge of the theatre and its technology, including sound, lighting, set design and set building. Participants learn theory concepts and practical skills as they work towards assisting the technical crew in live Centrestage performances. Click and download OUR ACTIVITIES for days and times.