Alterations to Saturday Timetable from 18 November

To enable us to put the dance routines together we are combining the classes on Saturdays until after the show.

Even if your child is not in the show they will still be included in the show work as part of their Dance Education.

From Saturday 18th November the Saturday timetable will be as follows:

Time Class/Groups Dance Name
9.00am – 9.45am Primary & Grade 1-3 Modern* Morning Person
9.45am – 10.30am Primary & Grade 1-2 Ballet Rainbow ballet
10.30am – 11.15am Primary, Grade 1-2 & SEN Tap Mambo no 5
11.15am -12.15pm SEN Musical Theatre & PALS
12.15pm – 1.00pm Stretch and Tech
1.00pm – 1.45pm Grade 3-6 Tap Boots
1.45pm – 2.30pm Grade 4-6 Modern* Egyptian
2.30pm – 3.15pm Grade 3-5 Ballet Feathers & Birdcage

*These classes will replace any modern classes attended during the week.

Tickets should go on sale around the beginning of December, we will let you know as soon as the theatre tell us.

You will soon receive your costume lists, and any things you need to purchase will be on there.

Show Rehearsal Schedule

Show Rehearsal Schedule

Please find below a schedule of additional rehearsals for the Show. We do realise that some of you may not be able to make all the rehearsals but are grateful to those of you who have managed to juggle things around a little to squeeze everything in. We know it’s not always easy, but these additional rehearsals will help ensure that all students are able to truly do their best in the show.

Closer to each rehearsal we’ll take a note of who isn’t going to be able to attend – please don’t drown Penni in “we can’t make that one” messages right now! For now, we want to just get this information out so that you know what’s going on when.

As you know, we are also updating our database currently, and as soon as all the students participating in the Show have been added (some of you still haven’t returned your forms!) we’ll be able to update you via email if anything changes.

 Date Time  Class/Group
Sunday, 10 December 10.00am – 11.30pm Junior Dance
Grade 3-5 Ballet
Grade 3-6 Tap
Grade 4-6 Modern
11.30am – 1.00pm Full Company – Opening & Finale
1.00pm – 2.00pm Junior Street
Selected Piece
2.00pm – 4.00pm Senior Dance 1&2
Sunday, 17 December 10.00am – 11.00am Special Needs Musical Theatre
Junior Dance
Primary Ballet
Primary Modern
Grade 1-2 Ballet
Grade 1-2 Modern
Infant Musical Theatre
11.00am – 12.00pm SEN Tap
Primary Tap
Grade 1-2 Tap
Selected Piece
12.00pm – 1.00pm Junior Drama
1.00pm – 2.00pm Full Company – Opening & Finale
2.00pm – 3.00pm Senior Dance 1&2
3.00pm – 4.00pm Junior Singing
Senior Singing
Wednesday, 27 December 9.30am – 10.30am Primary Ballet
Grade 1-2 Ballet
10.30am – 12.30am Special Needs Musical Theatre
10.30am – 11.30am Infant Music Theatre
11.30am  – 12.30pm SEN Tap
Primary Tap
Grade 1-2 Tap
1.30pm – 2.30pm Junior Street
Senior Drama
2.30pm – 3.30pm Full Company – Opening & Finale
3.30pm – 4.30pm Junior Drama
Senior Street
 Thursday, 28 December 10.00am – 11.30am Junior Dance
Grade 3-5 Ballet
Grade 3-6 Tap
Grade 4-6 Modern
11.30am – 1.00pm Full Company – Opening & Finale
1.00pm – 2.00pm Junior Singing
Senior Singing
Selected Piece
2.00pm – 4.00pm Senior Dance 1&2
Friday, 5 January 4.30pm – 7.30pm Full Company with props
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 6.00pm
Saturday, 6 January 10.00am – 4.00pm Full Company with props
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 1.00pm
Sunday, 7 January 10.00am – 4.00pm Full Company – Dress Rehearsal
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 1.00pm
Friday, 12 January 4.30pm – 7.30pm Full Company – final run through at MTC
* Primary, Grade 1-2 & Infants until 6.00pm


There will be a £5 rehearsal fee, but to help keep costs down this is only payable once per day, so if you are in 3 sessions on one day there will just be a single charge of £5.

Senior Dance also have an additional rehearsal on Mondays, 6.00-7.30pm,

Half-term Show rehearsal

Half-term Show rehearsal

Rehearsals on Wednesday 25 October:

  • 10am-11am – Junior Dance
  • 11am-12pm – Senior Street
  • 12pm-3pm – Senior Dance (1& 2)

Please bring a £5 rehearsal fee.

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. 

Congratulations on another great show

Congratulations on another great show

Well done graphicHaving been asked to let the best audience of the show know that it was all over, I thought about being clever and tying it in with the jokes that had interspersed the show. Maybe asking “What do you get if you cross an inspirational dance teacher, 84 students and an army of amazing parent helpers?”, but everyone knew the answer to that one: they’d just watched – no, experienced – it!

I could have reeled off a list of ‘Thank You‘s, but there was simply no way I’d remember everyone: Penni’s vision and inspiration; Nanny Pat’s stunning costumes;  the Stage Managers and the team that ensured the performers were in the right place at the right time, who at that point were on their knees behind the curtain; the parents and other helpers who have up so much of their time, many of whom were doing it for the first time, and were still drying their tears; the fantastic audiences (also drying tears) who had been so supportive and encouraging; the Fundraising Team, who continue to smash their goal so we can maintain the new building; every single parent and friend that helped us hit the rather ambitions £1000 sponsorship target for Penni (which got me out of a hole, having told Penni we hit the target so she had to do it!); the tech team (who were so much better than last year!); the nurse who advised on the suspected broken arm backstage; A R Adams for the programmes; Lee for finding time in his busy schedule to not only come to the show, but to speak to all the performers backstage, and to personally thank Mrs Tea-Tray…
You see my predicament here? We’d have been there ’til midnight!

I could have highlighted some of the outstanding personal achievements – the students who were barely recognisable compared to the last show, who have come on in leaps and bounds with the self-less support and encouragement of the team and their peers – but again there are simply too many to mention. In fact, there were none that don’t deserve such a mention: every one has achieved so much.

I could have expressed what an absolute privilege and joy it is to be a small part of the continued growth and success of Equal People  and MTC; and at the same time re-iterate that we’re always looking to share the workload and expand the volunteer base. I could have run through a long list of small tasks that can make a big difference, but if this if of interest to you come and chat to one of us.

I could have assured you all that every single penny given to Equal People is valued and makes a difference to the lives of many. What a turnaround, considering at the last show we had hoped to announce a new building, but had it snatched from under us at the last minute! It’s not over yet: we need to raise around £1500 a month just to keep going, let alone complete the Studios.

I could have reminded you DVDs will be available for £15: particularly important for those on the backstage Team who didn’t get to see the show. Again.

I could have invited you all to our Charity Chinese Night on Monday, or our Awards BBQ on Saturday.

I could have shared some of the great feedback we had heard already.

I – no, we all – could have collapsed in a corner and slept for a week!

[plain]A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.  John Barrymore [/plain]

So I shalln’t regret not saying any of that.

Let’s keep dreaming, as we’ve truly shown anything is possible. One brick at a time.

Well done everyone!