Performing Arts Classes

Let your child explore the performing arts at Sonnets Theatre Arts School. Learn how to improvise, work as a team, develop a valuable skill set and most of all have fun performing a wide variety of performing arts techniques.

What will my child gain from performing arts classes?

Drama, singing and dance classes provide an array of techniques for your child to develop social skills and confidence. The Performing Arts require focus and concentration and the story telling and interpretation of stories through drama compliments reading, and children are learning in a fun and practical environment .
Pupils will learn how to articulate, present themselves and feel confident to stand and perform in front of an audience and most of all have fun!

 No Auditions

Sonnets Theatre Arts School does not require an audition to join its Drama, Singing and Dance classes, all abilities, no matter how talented are welcome.

Class Locations

Classes run in Andover, Salisbury and Newbury, with a Drama Only class running in Marlborough. You can now register interest for a NEW Saturday morning class opening in Romsey in September 2017.

Register you interest in a space in any of the classes incuding the new class in Romsey for September 2017 here.

Annual Presentation on a Professional Stage

All pupils get to perform on stage at the end of each year at our annual presentation. There are no extra rehearsals for this performance, it is a variety performance of clips from classes. Drama pieces are sometimes also shown in class at the end of term.

LAMDA Acting Exam Assessments

Assessments are required for the LAMDA Acting Classes. Typically children are approximately 9 years old to start taking grades. LAMDA Acting Examinations go right up to A Level standard and you also gain UCAS points for University. A fantastic extra skill to add to your University application or CV.
David Phaure, Sonnets Director and LAMDA Drama Coach has over 9 years experience of coaching Acting and Verse and Prose examinations.

School Holiday Musical Workshops

Keep an eye on this website for Sonnets popular school holiday musical workshops. Children taking part in holiday workshops work towards a musical production of drama, singing and dance for parents to come at watch at the end of the course.  These will run in Salisbury, 9.30am-4pm,  Monday 21st August – Thursday 24th August 2017. It is £150 per child, with a £50 non refundable deposit payable, the balance is due on the first day of the workshop.  Register for a place here.

Kids Will Rock You Drama Singing & Dance
Kids Will Rock You
Drama Singing & Dance

Minis Classes 4-7 yrs

Sonnets Minis 4-7yr olds
Sonnets Minis 4-7yr olds

Sonnets Minis classes are an introduction to the performing arts, STAS foundation stage for children aged 4-6 year olds. Consisting of 3 key performing arts disciplines of Drama, Singing and Dance, it is a fast moving class to keep young children engaged and focused.

Pupils will develop confidence through drama games and exercises They will be creative and use their imagination developing characters from a story, having ideas and sharing them with the class. They will learn to articulate and project their voice, using tongue twisters and verse and prose.

The singing and dance in class is to pop music and musicals, it is all about musicality skills (timing and counting to the beats of the music) the mini’s class are not expected to read music or song sheets.

The pupils grow in confidence, self belief and are part of a team at Sonnets and most of all have a lot of fun.

Classes run at:

Andover
Venue: John Hanson School
Day: Saturdays
Time: 9.30am-10.30am
Fees: £96 per term (£24pm)

Salisbury
Venue: Sarum Academy
Day: Saturdays
Time: 2pm-3pm
Fees: £96 per term (£24pm)

Book a taster class today

Main School 7-15 year olds

Drama Classes
Children’s Drama classes for 7-16 year olds are structured to instruct pupils in 4 key areas:

1. Mime: Acting without speaking. This is generally acting without props and trying to tell a story and express feelings relying on your body stance and facial expression.

2. Improvisation: Acting without a script and with only a small amount of direction. It is spontaneous acting using your imagination to captivate your audience. It gives children the confidence to perform with little or no planning, children learn to develop their own characters and stories.

3. Confidence & Projection: Learning to stand up tall and speak with confidence when acting, so everyone can hear you, when on stage or making a speech or presentation.

4. Emotions: How to express our feelings when acting. Props may be used, such as a colour, objects, stories, pictures or an attitude. Emotions make a performance more realistic and interesting. The inflection in our voices can show emotion, as well as using our body moves.

5. TV/Film/Radio: children learn how to act for the camera, use there voice for radio and get the opportunity to use the equipment in class.  David Phaure is trained in the recorded arts and is the lead instructor for this part of the syllabus.

Dance Classes
Children’s Dance classes give them the opportunity to explore dance as a discipline and learn fun routines to pop music and musical theatre.

There is no fixed style of dance and often in our shows you will see a mixture of styles within a musical mash up from street to Modern dance.  Sonnets ethos is to encourage creativity and imagination from our pupils and in senior dance classes they can also work on their own choreography skills as part of their development.

A typical class will be in the following structure:
1. Warm up routine and Isolations
2. Performance piece
3. Cool Down and stretch

Classes are taught by trained Dance Professionals.

Singing Classes
Children’s Singing classes cover material from pop songs to musicals and the class is accompanied by the piano or guitar.

A typical class structure will be:
1. Vocal warm up,
2. Vocal training exercises and articulation
3. Vocal Singing techniques
4. Learning/practising songs, in groups, solo and pairs.

Each term classes usually learn to sing 2/3 new songs.  They will sometimes perform songs that our Singing Coaches have composed and written, like the song for Children in Need by David Phaure, click on the link to listen.

Sonnets Theatre Arts School has a mobile recording desk so we will occasionally use microphones in the class and record their singing and cut to CD.  A chance to be a Sonnets pop star!!!

4.30pm – 5.30pm Wednesday – Drama Only – Marlborough – age 9+
4.40pm – 6.40pm Friday – Park House School, Newbury – age 6-9
4.40pm – 6.40pm Friday – Park House School, Newbury – age 9-5
10.30am – 12.30pm Saturday – John Hanson School, Andover – age 7-9
10.30am -12.30pm Saturday – John Hanson School, Andover – 10-15
3pm – 4.30pm Saturday – Sarum Academy, Salisbury – age 7-9
3pm – 4.30pm Saturday – Sarum Academy, Salisbury – age 10-15

Book a FREE taster class today.

2 hour classes are £160 per term (£40pm)
1.5 hour classes are £128 per term (£32pm)

For information on fees and how to pay click here.

LAMDA Acting Exam Class

LAMDA Acting Exam Class is a small class focusing on plays with the opportunity to take acting exams.

Age Group: age 9 years+.

Term length: 10 weeks

Locations: Andover, Salisbury, Marlborough and Newbury.

The grades can be performed as solo, a duologue or combined.

Grades 1-5 you act 2 pieces one from the LAMDA Anthology and one of your own choice.

Grade 6 you act 2 pieces, one contemporary (1980-present) and one classical (1800-1960) all plays must be read in full to answer questions and have a full understanding.

Grade 7 & 8 you act three pieces, contemporary, classical and before 1800, must read all plays in full.

The exams are structured in levels:

Entry – Entry Exam

Level 1 – Grades 1, 2 & 3

Level 2 – Grades 4 & 5

Level 3 – Grade 6 (Bronze Medal), Grade 7 (Silver Medal) & Grade 8 (Gold Medal) (equivalent to AS and A Levels and you gain UCAS points.

LAMDA Acting Exam Classes run in Marlborough, Andover, Newbury and Salisbury.
Book a taster class online today.

If you go to the following schools: Farleigh Preparatory School, Hampshire Collegiate School or Leaden Hall School. David Phaure is the LAMDA Coach so please contact us if you would like the coaching at school.

Book free taster classes

We offer a no obligation 2 weeks of free taster classes to allow your child (ren) to try a Sonnets class before they decide to join in the first half of each term.

It is easy to book, you just complete the online booking form and your child will have a place in the next class at your chosen location .

If your child wishes to continue after the free taster classes, drop the registrar an email at sonnets_tas@yahoo.co.uk and a registration form and balance of fee’s for the term will be emailed on receipt.

The Sonnets Team look forward to welcoming you to our school.