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.
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.
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
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.