All-round drama, dance and music course for young performers aged 7-10 (6 if they are happy and able to cope - a free two week trial is available). A stage school experience for pre-teens in full time education. Our blended Saturday course offers more than just drama games. Our tutors work together to tailor stimulating imaginative classes which really stretch each individual, using technique lessons, and then applying them to show rehearsals. Acting, singing and dancing classes by top teachers (who are industry specialists, also teaching at big vocational London schools such as RADA and Royal Central). Students from this class have gone on to West End shows, commercials, pantomimes, film and TV (through our agency)..but many take part for the fun and confidence the class gives them! Students move up into the older company and eventually the teen company as they grow.
Junior Theatre Company Intermediate
Credit cards & childcare vouchers accepted.
£24.75 per week (3.25 hours)
In 2018, the company (unless they opt out) will co-present a large version of 'Ghost Station!' with their older peers in Medusa Teen Theatre Company.
The Intermediates are the younger group within the Artemis Junior Theatre Company. The whole Junior Company are limited to 45 performers to ensure the highest levels of attention and quality of training. The course is taught by male and female staff to ensure balance and sufficient role-modeling. Although we have 7 as the guideline for joining, we will consider a younger child by trial/ability (6 is the minimum, and they must be happy to work without parents in the room). Each Saturday, students work with three tutors, three classroom assistants and two course managers. We have a safe, clean and stimulating environment - no one is allowed to be bored! Only adults employed by us with enhanced DBS checks have access to the class groups. We are Ofsted registered, and take the health, happiness and welfare of every child very seriously.
* In drama, students will learn about famous play writers and stage craft. Confidence, improved articulation and mastering the basics of the technical aspect of acting and performing (such as stage terminology) are three of the aims we set ourselves for our younger actors. They are encouraged to contribute ideas for shows.
* In music students work on songs together, and begin to learn to sight read sheet music, work on harmonies, how voices work and much more.
* For dance, fitness and agility are key, with through warm ups, a routine and the basic steps to build up to devising show dance. The dance is fun and even 'non dancers' will want to take part! Styles depend on the shows and exams, but include Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, Street and Ballet.
Our large scale shows are typically written for the cast, allowing everyone a speaking part, as well as a heavy amount of stage time (everyone is on stage at least 75% of the time -even when they don't have lines in that scene, it is a very inclusive process designed to build confidence and esteem). Performances are professionally produced in a mid scale theatre at the end of term. Cast have extra rehearsals in the run up to a show, before a weekend of performances. Parents do not pay for costumes or the extra rehearsal time - only tickets to see the shows (min 2 per child required). We perform to the public, and have superb feedback and reviews for the shows - which look like a professional cast! As well as rehearsing for the big show, younger students re kept busy prop making and helping design the decoration for the theatre lobby.
In 2018, students will work on 'Ghost Station!', written for Artemis and with speaking roles for EVERY child, and will perform in July at the Kenton Theatre. Rehearsals for this show will mean an extended day for all who choose to take a role - they will stay late and work with the teen casts. There is no extra charge for the extended rehearsals, which provide an extra 3-4 hours of training every week for summer term.
Rehearsals are all on Saturdays during regular class times.
Winter terms give tutors the chance to workshop on a variety of subjects, with special guests visiting (such as make up artists, song writers, vocal & dialect coaches), and for students to do final preparation for L.A.M.D.A acting and musical theatre exams in lateearly December. The exams for the Intermediates are group exams (3-10 students) in Acting and Musical Theatre. They are performance based and rehearsed in class. Children receive certificates with their result from L.A.M.D.A. Students are placed in grades according to age and ability. At the end of term, students perform a showcase for parents, family and friends showing off the exams work they have prepared.
Parents who want to get involved are always encouraged to be part of the team! At shows and events we have a PTA group who fundraise for us, and also chaperones who help look after children backstage during shows and competitions. It is a nice way to make new friends and be part of a lovely social group - as well as spending extra time with your children.
In 2013-16 90% of the students passed their LAMDA acting exams with Merit, and 100% of the group gained a Distinction in LAMDA musical theatre exams!
Many members of Junior Theatre Company past and present have appeared in film, TV and on stage in the West End. Members have been in National tours (such as Oliver!), taken leads in shows such as Dr Who (BBC) and Matilda (RSC). Many appear locally each year in pantomime.
Since opening 2007, Junior Company members have gone on to Medusa, our teen co, then into top stage schools and universities including GSA, RADA, Royal Central and many many more.
A uniform of a school teeshirt, black jazz pants and black jazz shoes will be required.
Students also have the chance to join the school agency.
Call for a free two week trial!
All rehearsals are now at:
Whitegrove Youth and Community Centre, 3 County Lane, Bracknell RG42 3JP This is in the grounds of Tesco - with free parking. Follow the car park aound to the right, and look for the large white 'Library' sign. The centre is directly beside the library.All Saturdays unless it says otherwise. 2017 Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 Feb 4, 11, 25 March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 22, 29. May 6, 13, 20, 27 June 10, 17, 24 July 1, 8 July 10th - 15th Summer Show - Oliver! Oakwood Theatre Woodley - no class at Whitegrove. FREE Summer School (10am - 6.30pm) July 31st - August 4th inc at Whitegrove. Musical theatre showcase. Hip Hop and Cheer workshops. August - no classes. Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7, 14, 21 Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec 2, 9*. *This is LAMDA exam day. Dec 10th - Christmas show 2017 - Venue TBC. 2018 Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 24 Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 25* Sunday (25th) is an additional session - 2pm-6pm. This will be a show workshop with the Musical Director. Apr 21, 28 May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 9, 16, 23, 30 Jul 7 July 9th -15th - Summer Show - Venue TBC - no class in Whitegrove. Summer School 2018 - 30th July - 3rd August. 10am-6.30pm Aug - no classes.