Carnival 2017

Carnival 2017

A group of 40+ children/young people have spent all week making all the decorations for the float from recycled materials gathered from parents, family and friends.

This is an integrated group of disabled and non-disabled children/young people working together to bring you the float that you see today. The unique project enables parents/carers to have some respite from caring from sometimes severely disabled children, and also allows the children to participate in activities with their peers away from their parents, in a safe and social environment.The dancers have worked on the dances this week learning one each day until they are put together to form the complete routine.

We have participated in the Southend Carnival for many years, and it is an event that the students look forward to every year – with planning beginning some months before the event. We are supported by a fabulous group of staff and parents who willingly give up their time during the week to help the children and make the costumes to make this a project that the children can be proud of.

New Timetable from September

New Timetable from September

The growth of the Special Needs Musical Theatre class and the continued successes of many Students in the ISTD exams means we have to squeeze more classes into the week: a great problem to have!

The new timetable along with a class list has been on display at the Studios for a few weeks, and is now available online.

Several classes have had to be moved to accommodate changes and progression, but we have tried to minimise the impact where possible, and to keep classes together where the same children are attending.  Massive thanks to Conor and Ellen for all their help!

View Timetable

 

Half Term Rehearsals – Tues 30 May

We’ll be holding rehearsals both for exam students and for the Showcase on Tuesday 30 May.

All sessions will be £5 per hour.

Studio 1

Studio 2

Time Class Time Class
 9.00 – 9.30 Primary Modern  9.00 – 10.00 Grade 3 Modern
 9.30 – 10.00 Primary Tap
10.00 – 11.00 Primary Ballet 10.00 -11.00 Grade 2 Tap
11.00 – 12.00 Grade 2 Ballet 11.00 – 12.00 Grade 1 Tap
12.00 – 1.00 Grade 3 Ballet 12.00 – 1.00 Grade 2 Modern
 1.00 – 2.00 Grade 4 Tap
 2.00 – 3.00 Grade 3 Tap  2.00 – 3.00 Grade 4 Modern
 3.00 – 4.00 Grade 4 Ballet  3.00 – 4.30 Junior Drama
 4.30 – 6.00 Senior Drama

 

One Step Beyond

One Step Beyond

Equal People Performing Arts have been commissioned to run four ‘One Step Beyond’ Workshops during the Spring of 2017. These workshops are aimed at helping the unemployed get into work, training or volunteering.

Using Drama exercises and techniques, the workshops look at the first impression that candidates give when attending an interview. Using confidence-building Drama games and role play, the candidates look at the positive ways to overcome nerves and insecurities.

We also give advice on CV and letter writing and following up applications.

The afternoon is spent in mock interviews with local employers, who give constructive feedback to the participants in a non-threatening environment.

The workshop days have been delivered by our preferred provider, Mushroom Theatre Company, and have received positive feedback from participants and local businesses alike.

“I found the day very interesting and it gave me some interesting tips and tricks” (participant)
“The day was excellent. I found it very informative and inspiring. It gave me a massive boost to my confidence” (participant)
“An absolute pleasure and privilege to be involved in this project. The first ‘candidate’ was so positive and outgoing that I actually stopped to ask if she was serious when she mentioned being nervous and having anxiety issues! The morning session had certainly made an impact! So much more that could be achieved with the project if more time and money were available to help these young people.” (local business owner)

A private Facebook group has been setup to provide an opportunity for ongoing peer support. Participants can contact us for more details.

 

Update to Term Dates

MTC will be closed on Saturday 18 February… the previously published Term Dates said otherwise, but Invoices are still correct.

Apologies for any confusion! We’ve also updated the online Calendar for you 😉

End of Term Arrangements

As we come to the end of a busy term, we would like to invite you to come and watch your child’s class next Saturday, 10 December. Although you may have already seen them recently in the show, we are sure you would also enjoy seeing the work that goes on in class each week. We would appreciate a £1 donation to Equal People Performing Arts.

The following Saturday, 17 December, is the last week before Christmas.

Ballet, Modern and Tap students that usually attend on a Saturday morning should come 9.00am – 10.30am (even f they usually come for part of this time) so that they can have  bit of a party altogether.

SEN Musical Theatre will have a party at their usual class time: 11.00am-12.00pm.

Students attending Saturday afternoon will take part in free work instead of their usual syllabus work.

Classes resume from Monday 9 January(so the first Saturday back would be 14 January). There will be a revised timetable from January. Invoices for Jan-Feb classes will be sent out ready for the start of term, and all those parents currently paying weekly will receive a half-termly invoice.