MTC Team hopes you had a great Summer and are looking forward to the next few months of Show Preparation and somewhere in the middle of that … Christmas!
We had a very busy Summer holiday of workshops, the busiest we have ever had. Carnival week was a massive success culminating in us winning First place in our Class on the night and then subsequently winning the vote for Best Overall entry! So well done to everyone who helped and everyone who took part.
Our new timetable launches this week and I ask you to bear with us as we settle in to the new arrangements, but for those of you who are wondering, we needed to change the Modern classes to during the week as we could not fit them all in on Saturdays and whilst we were doing that we thought it best to streamline the other classes at the same time.
The show is booked for:
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January at The Towngate Theatre Basildon.
- Weds 25 October
- Sunday 10 December
- Sunday 17 December
- Weds 27 December
- Thurs 28 December
- Friday 5 January
- Saturday 6 January
- Sunday 7 January
Children will be needed all day or part of the day depending on what we need to cover on that day.
Show registration dates are:
- Saturday 7 October 10.30 – 12.30
- Saturday 14 October 2pm – 4pm
You MUST come along during one of these times if you wish to take part in the show, otherwise we will assume you do not wish to. This will not affect your child’s attendance, as we will all learn the show pieces anyway.
There will be additional costs involved in the show, but we do try to keep these to a minim.
We are also very lucky to have secured tickets to see Lee Mead in Panto at the Cliffs in Jack and the Beanstalk, front row, opening night Saturday 16 Dec Evening performance at a reduced cost of £28.50, these will be sold on a first come first served basis, please let us know asap if you would like some tickets.
Hope you all have a fabulous half term.
Penni and the Team x
School Holidays are over, and we’re back with a new Timetable!
Just a few quick reminders and notices to kick-start the term though…
You will have received a “Personal Information Form” over the Summer – please return ASAP, or pick a new one up.
It includes several new questions, which help with funding applications and planning, but have a chat with us if you’re unsure about anything on the form – there are no trick questions!
Class Fees should be paid via Standing Order please – you set this up with your Bank yourself, and you remain in full control of this. Payments are due by the 5th of each month.
Show Registration dates have been set. The Show (13-14 January 2018 at Towngate Theatre, Basildon) is entirely optional, but everyone is welcome to take part, and classes will continue as usual for those that choose not to. Anyone wanting to be in the show though MUST attend ONE of the sessions:
• Saturday 7th October 10.30am -12.30pm
• Saturday 14th October 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Our Fundraising Team are always looking for new ideas (and offers of help) – please contact Steve to chat about this more.
The Studios are available for hire – whether that’s for other arts/exercise classes, parties, meetings, interviews… contact us for info.
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.
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!
We have an exciting fun-filled summer programme lined up this year, with Workshops every Tuesday and Thursday and Carnival Week 14-18 August.
As usual, the workshop days run from 10am to 3pm, and children should bring a packed lunch. The workshops are usually £15, but we have funding through Short Breaks for children who have additional needs ad a statement at school, reducing the cost for them to just £7. If you are uncertain about eligibility please contact us.
Carnival Week runs from Monday 14 August to Friday 18 August, 10am-3pm, and we then join the procession along Southend seafront on Saturday evening. The cost for the week is £80 (£10 deposit required ASAP). Short Breaks workshops will still run on the Tuesday and Thursday for those not doing the full week.
||Charlie & Choc Factory
||Beauty & the Beast
|w/c 14 August
||Carnival Week (Aladdin)
You can book onto workshops at the Studios or online via the form below.
Places are only confirmed once payment has been received.
Tickets are now available for our Summer Showcase. taking place at Holy Trinity Church Rayleigh on Saturday 17 July.
Our Singing and Drama classes (both Junior and Senior) have been working hard on this over recent weeks, and will be performing twice – 2.30pm and 6.30pm – to parents and friends of MTC, as well as the Friends of Holy Trinity.
Tickets are £5 each and available now from reception.
Contact us for further information.
Half-term’s approaching which means Short Breaks Workshops:
- Wednesday 31 May – Lion, the With and the Wardrobe (note – you do not need to bring yours)
- Thursday 1 June – Lion King workshop
Workshops run 10am to 3pm. Packed lunch required.
We’re preparing the details now, but there will be Workshops every Tuesday and Thursday through the Summer.
Carnival Week: 14-19 August
A whole week of activities with an Aladdin theme, leading up to us joining the carnival procession along Southend seafront on the Saturday evening.
MTC Show: 13-14 January 12018
Get the date in your diary now for our annual-ish extravaganza of excellence. Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January at The Towngate Theatre Basildon
We’ll be holding rehearsals both for exam students and for the Showcase on Tuesday 30 May.
All sessions will be £5 per hour.
| 9.00 – 9.30
|| 9.00 – 10.00
||Grade 3 Modern
| 9.30 – 10.00
|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
|| 4.30 – 6.00
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.
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 😉