December News Update

In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is just round the corner and so here are a few reminders:

Show Timetable

From 3 December all Modern classes will move onto Saturday and the timetable will alter as follows:


  • 4.30 – 5-15
    Grade 3 Ballet
  • 5.15 -6.15
    Grade 4 Ballet
  • 6.15 – 7.15
    Grade 5 Ballet


  • 9.00 – 9.45
    Primary, Grade 1, 2 & 3 Modern
  • 9.45 – 10.30
    Primary, Grade 1 & 2 Tap
  • 10.30 – 11.15
    Primary. Grade 1 & 2 Ballet
  • 11.15 -12.15
    Additional needs MT (Followed by tap)
  • 12.15 – 1.15
    Grade 3,4,5 & 6 Tap
  • 1.15 – 2.15
    Grade 4,5 & 6 Modern
  • 2.15 – 3.15
    Grade 3,4 & 5 Ballet

You will notice that many of the classes are longer than usual and we have not charged you for this.

All modern classes now take place on Saturday. This timetable will continue until after the show.

Christmas Raffle

We have two beautiful Christmas hampers to raffle and two front row tickets to Southend Panto. One hamper is all chocolate worth £25 and one is Christmas food worth £45. We will be selling tickets from 1st December at £1 a strip.

Last Class Viewings

You are invited to watch your child’s last classes of the term for £1 per class per person. All proceeds to Charity.

Staff Presents

We love your appreciation at this time of year (or any for that matter!) but as you know, our charity Equal People Performing Arts enables us to carry out our valuable inclusive work and so we would much rather you put the money you might have spent on a present for us towards this worthy cause. From the beginning of December there will be a post box in reception for you to put them. Don’t forget to put your name on it so that we can thank you.

Christmas Outfit week

Students can wear their Christmas outfits to class for a £1 donation to our charity during the last week of term. 17th to 22nd December.

Show Registration

  • Thursday 13th December – 5pm  till 7pm
  • Saturday 29th December – 10am till 12pm

End of term

Term ends on Sat 22nd December. Classes re commence on Monday 7th Jan.

Carnival 2019

Carnival Week is 12-17 August. The theme will be ‘Mamma Mia’!

Have a fab Christmas and a very Happy New Year

Penni and Team

PS Don’t forget to get your Ball tickets before Christmas to get them at the discounted price.



Tuesday 4th September – Saturday 20th October (7 weeks)

half term: Monday 22nd October – Saturday 27th October 

Monday 29th October – Saturday 22nd December (8 weeks)


Monday 7th January – Saturday 16th February (6 weeks)

half-term: Monday 18th February – Saturday 23rd February

Monday 25th February – Saturday 6th April (6 weeks)


Tuesday 23rd April – Saturday 25th May (5 weeks)

half-term: Monday 27th May – Saturday 1st June

Monday 3rd June – Saturday 20th July (7 weeks)

Note – all dates are inclusive

Roadworks and Class Changes – May 2018

Roadworks and Class Changes – May 2018

As you may have already seen, Essex County Council has decided to undertake roadworks along Brook Road. What they forgot to tell anyone though, is that they will actually be closing the road completely overnight (from 7pm) for two weeks, starting Monday 30th April.

Obviously this will have significant impact on many of the businesses in the road, including us, and means Penni is having to re-jig classes a bit!

Tuesday nights it only affects Grade 5 Ballet pick up. We suggest you park in one of the side roads (Wyburns Ave or Woodlands Close) and walk through the alley to us. These two roads are just off Daws Heath Road.

Wednesday and Thursday classes will finish by 6.30pm to allow everyone time to get out before they shut the road.

Classes that would usually take place after 6.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday will be moved to Saturday afternoon,
so Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd moves to Saturday 5th; Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th  to Saturday 12th, as below:

  • 3.15-4.15pm – Senior Dance (Call 1 & 2)
  • 4.15-5.15pm – Senior Street and Junior Drama
  • 5.15-6.15pm – Senior Drama

We realise this is as frustrating for you as it is for us, but this is the best way we can find to ensure everyone gets their classes.

As far as we know, this will only be for two weeks, but if we hear otherwise we will, of course, keep you informed.

Thank you for your understanding!

Easter 2018 at MTC

Raffle, Holidays and Workshops – all you need to know as you prepare for the Easter holidays.

We currently have an Easter Raffle available at the Studios. Tickets are just £1 a strip. Thanks to Leah for providing the wonderful hampers. We’ll draw the raffle on Easter Saturday.

Having had to cancel some classes recently due to the snow, we’ll be having a couple of extra sessions during the Easter holidays (Saturday 31 March and Thursday 12 April). PALS will meet as usual (except Easter Monday), and we have Short Breaks Workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is also a “Greatest Show” workshop (open to all) on Friday 13th April.

Got all that? No, me neither… let’s try another way…

Friday 30 March Closed
Saturday 31 March Normal Classes (snow day replacement)
Sunday 1 April Closed
Monday 2 April Closed
Tuesday 3 April no classes; Short Breaks Workshop
Wednesday 4 April no classes; PALS as normal
Thursday 5 April no classes; Short Breaks Workshop
Friday 6 April no classes
Saturday 7 April no classes
Sunday 8 April Closed
Monday 9 April no classes; PALS as normal
Tuesday 10 April no classes; Short Breaks Workshop
Wednesday 11 April no classes; PALS as normal
Thursday 12 April Short Breaks Workshop
Normal Classes in evening (snow day)
Friday 13 April Greatest Show Workshop Day
Saturday 14 April Normal Classes
Sunday 15 April Closed
Monday 16 April back to normal


Show DVD

All Media Works are recording the show again for us at the weekend, and parents will be able to buy a DVD for £20.

Orders can be placed on their website using code MTC (case-sensitive) or by completing an order form from us and posting it to them with a cheque.

Final show update!

We’re almost there!

Tomorrow is a Dress Rehearsal at the Studiosplease bring all the costumes that you already have. We know there may be a few odd things outstanding, and that’s partly why the dress rehearsal is earlier than usual this year.

Next Friday, 12 January, is a full run-through at the Studios. We’ll be running this as close to possible as to how it will be at the Theatre. Costumes will not be needed for this, but also please note that parents will not be able to wait in reception during this time.

Performers will need a drink and snacks (or packed lunch) for these, and also the days at the Theatre but please remember the following:

  • no food that could stain either their costumes or their faces (eg chocolate, wotsits);
  • no chewing gum or dark-coloured drinks (eg coke, blackcurrant);
  • NO NUTS – we have children with severe nut allergies. This includes peanut butter.
  • Please ensure that they have plenty of water!


At the Theatre next weekend, all children should be dropped off and collected from the Stage Door at the rear of the building, where they will be signed in and out by Pat Mitchell. Any medications that they need MUST also be checked in with Pat and not left in their bags (or boxes – a plastic box is ideal for keeping their costumes in).

Some of the performers spend more time than others backstage in the dressing rooms. They may want to bring a book, cards, or colouring to help fill the time – but please send pencils rather than felt pens… and certainly not Sharpie markers (we’d like to give you all back your costume deposits and not have to keep it for ink and food stains)!

Children should arrive at the Theatre with their hair and makeup already done. No earrings or nail varnish please (plaster over earrings if they cannot be removed).  We’d prefer it if they did not bring phones/tablets etc as we cannot be responsible for gadgets as well as children, props and costumes. If they do bring them it is at their own risk. We’re going to be reminding them about the appropriate use of photographs and would prefer that none are taken backstage, but at the very least we must insist that they are not shared on social media without the express permission of all the children’s parents.


There will be a strict no photo/video rule for the audience. We’ll be taking some photos at the dress rehearsals, and Saturdays performances will be recorded for an official DVD. We have children in the Show who are not allowed to be in any photos for a variety of reasons, so we do have to be quite strict about this.

We also have to be strict with backstage access. No one will be allowed backstage unless they are on the official helpers list (similarly, no parents will be allowed to stay at the Studios on Friday unless expressly asked to), and no children will be allowed out between performances other than for the lunch break on Saturday (12.30-2.30pm) when everyone must leave the Theatre.

Oh, one more thing we have to insist on…. ENJOY THE SHOW!

Reminder – Timings for rehearsals and classes are on the website, and costume list can be found here.
I’ll be chasing outstanding costume fees tomorrow… if you settle up in the morning it saves me a job!
Costume deposits will be returned the week after the show once costumes have been checked back in.