Quiz Night – Sat 25 Feb

Quiz Night – Sat 25 Feb

It’s back! By popular demand, for one night only (until the next one) – our legendary QUIZ NIGHT!

Saturday 25th February, 7.30pm, right here in our glorious studios.

Tickets are just £7 per adult, with proceeds going towards the next phase of building work. Bring a whole team, or just yourself – we’ll create teams on the night as necessary. Bring your own drinks and nibbles, and come prepared for a fun night with friends!

Contact the office for more details or to book in: 01268 906470

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.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Well done to our Singers, performing at the Rayleigh Lights switch-on this week, and to all those involved in making the various items we were selling there – raising almost £90 for Equal People Performing Arts.

We now have TWO wonderful Christmas Hampers to raffle, with tickets available from Reception.

The winning tickets will be drawn on the last Saturday of term – 17 December.

Speaking of Term Dates, 17 December is the last day of normal classes this term, and we’ll be back on Monday 9 January (so the first Saturday back would be 14 January). There will be a revised timetable from January.

Penni and the Staff ask that rather than buying gifts for Christmas, you consider a donation to the Charity instead… the completion of the building means far more than even wine and chocolates!


When will we learn – ambitious about autism

When will we learn – ambitious about autism

Did you know…

  • over 1000 parents are forced to take legal action every year to get the right support for their child;
  • 42% of classroom teachers say their training doesn’t prepare them to meet the needs of children with autism;
  • 45% of children with autism have been sent home illegally, or denied a full education;
  • 80% of children with autism experience anxiety every day about attending school;

And did you know that some of our students are featured in the Ambitious about Autism campaign – they did a grand job as always!

You can find out more about the Ambitious about Autism campaign, and get more involved at https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/when-will-we-learn-campaign

See the campaign trailer here:


Additional Show Rehearsals

Additional Show Rehearsals

Students are doing a fantastic job preparing for the show, with 86 registering on the show registration days!

As usual though, we’ll need a few additional rehearsals to help bring it all together. Dates and times below, but if you have any questions or concerns, let us know.

Please bear in mind that pre-show can be a stressful time for Penni, so questions may be best being directed to someone else on the team – thank you 🙂

Tuesday 25 October

1.00pm – 4.00pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap
Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern

Wednesday 26 October

10.00am – 12.00pm Full Company (Opening & Finale)
12.00pm – 1.00pm Junior & Senior Dancers (Into the Disco)
1.00pm – 2.30pm Senior Dancers (Sound of Silence)

Saturday 29 October

  9.30am – 11.00am Babies, Primary, Grade 1&2 (not grade 2 tap)
 11.00am – 12.00pm SEN Musical Theatre
 12.00pm – 4.00pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap
Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern

Sunday 6 November

11.00am – 2.00pm Full Company (Opening & Finale)
 2.00pm – 3.00pm Junior & Senior Dancers (Into the Disco)
 3.00pm – 4.30pm Senior Dancers (Sound of Silence)

 Sunday 13 November

 9.30am – 12.30pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap; Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern
Junior & Senior Drama
 12.30pm – 4.30pm Full Company (full run through)

Saturday 19 November

3.00pm – 6.00pm Full Company (full run through)

Sunday 20 November

9.00am Dress & Technical Rehearsal
2.30pm Matinee Performance
6.30pm Evening Performance

There will be a £5 rehearsal fee for each session. 

Letter from Penni – September 2016

Welcome back!
This term is going to be a very busy one with preparations for our next show so here are the details that you will need:

Show – ‘Sunshine in my Pocket’
This year we are holding our show at the Towngate Theatre Basildon. We are all very excited about using this venue, as it will be a great opportunity for all the students. The opportunity to perform in a fully professional environment will enable us to show off the hard work of the students and staff to its best. The shows will be on 20th November 2016, and we will be holding a dress rehearsal in the morning, and then a matinee and evening performance on the same day. This is slightly different from the shows that usually take place at SEEVIC, as we only have the theatre for one day. We hope that this will encourage some of the younger students to take part, as we realise that a show stretching over several days can be very tiring for the younger students.

Show registration days are:

  • Saturday 17th September 10am – 2pm
  • Tuesday 20th September 5pm – 7pm

To take part in the show you must attend one registration session. Students will be measured for costumes, and you will be able to order uniform and good luck boxes. ALL students taking part in the shows MUST have a Mushroom Theatre Company T-shirt. As usual, we will be looking for adult backstage support and parents/carers will be able to register their availability for this at registration.

Tickets will need to be purchased directly from Towngate Theatre and will be priced at £16 each with concessions for children and OAP’s.
The class teachers will be emphasising the importance of attending as many classes as possible during the next term, as there is a huge amount of work required to prepare for the show. We would appreciate your help in stressing the importance of excellent behaviour in classes so that we can ensure that every student has the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability.

Students will be required to attend rehearsals on the Tuesday & Weds of October half term times TBC.

T-shirt/Hoodie Orders

We will be collecting orders for uniform from now onwards, but please bear in mind that we cannot order individual items, so please do not leave it until the last minute to order uniform for the show.

Costume Help Needed

All our costumes are handmade by Nanny Pat, this is how we keep the cost so low, as we are sure you will understand this is a very time consuming process. So, if you are able to use a sewing machine or are able to help out with hand sewing please let us know as soon as possible.

There will be further information to come, but I think that’s all for the moment!!

Many thanks, Penni


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