Saturday Class

Teaching

Our Saturday class operates between 9.30am and 2pm. The teaching day starts with physical and vocal warm up.

The teaching time is a mixture of Drama, voice work, dance and theatre skills. Some stage and technical management is also included from time to time.

There may be occasions when we vary the format, particularly when rehearsing for a show.

The teaching groups are split roughly according to age with some allowance for experience. Currently, the age ranges are 6-9, 10-11,12-13 and 14-16.

Supervision

Lessons are taken by teachers with CRB police clearance. Additional supervision is supplied as required by parents to maintain a suitable student / adult balance. Any teacher used from outside the school will either be similarly cleared or supervised by a member of the Theatre School staff. Qualified first aiders are available on the premises for all Theatre School activities.

Attendance

The Theatre School runs during normal school term time. There is no half term break, and one Saturday off for Easter. The school newsletter will be used to announce the first and last days of term. Students are expected to attend each week. If they are unable to attend they should inform the school the previous week if possible or, if insufficient lead in time, call the Theatre admin on either 01642 551389 or pass a message to the box office on 01642 552663 if the admin office is closed.

Students are required to remain on the premises from the time of their arrival until they are collected at the end of classes. Students expecting to be collected at the end of classes are required to wait in the bar area until their lift arrives. School policy forbids students to wait to be collected anywhere else. Please let us know if your child is due to be collected by a different adult.

Costs

Our current fees are £15.00 per week payable in advance in 4-week blocks of £60.00. The first week is usually paid as a single week trial for new students.

Fees are due on the first week of each block of 4. Please note failure to pay fees on time could jeopardise your child’s place in theatre school. Fees are still charged for weeks where the student has not attended. However, two “unpaid holiday” weeks are permitted each year by arrangement where no fees are charged. All monies are non-refundable.

Equipment

Students are required to purchase at least one Theatre School polo shirt to be worn on all Theatre School occasions. In addition, students are required to wear black, rubber-soled jazz shoes for lessons and performances. Students should also wear loose fitting trousers (not hipster fit, or jeans) or shorts for lessons. This dress code is mandatory for all lessons.

Students will be provided with folders to store scripts, word sheets, newsletters, etc. This should be brought each week with a pencil or pen.

Performances

Whilst there may be open days or other outside performances, the main focus of the school year is the annual show in the Summer Term. This will use the Forum Theatre stage with professional stage crew. Rehearsals will begin in the New Year and will take place during normal teaching time. Any extra rehearsals will be by arrangement with students and parents.

The Theatre School has additional rules around attendance during this period:

Attendance is MANDATORY for the last 2 Saturdays prior to the performance weekend.

On the weekend of the performance, attendance is also mandatory all rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday.

Attendance during Summer Term will be monitored and missing rehearsal may affect your child’s participation in the performance.

Outside work

On occasions, the school may be asked to offer students to take part in productions by other companies. This has included professional work for TV, music and stage productions and the Billingham Forum Theatre Pantomime. Whilst we may recommend, with parental consent, suitable students who have been with us a minimum of one full term, any agreement is between the parent / guardian of the student and the production company. The Theatre School cannot accept any responsibility or liability for work done by students with other companies.

Communication

The main form of communication will be via the School Newsletter which is produced as required detailing news of term dates, arrangements for performances etc. We also maintain a register of student details including emergency contact details.

Discipline

As with all schools, the Theatre School has a disciplinary policy. Students who are continually disruptive may be asked to leave the school. If the Theatre School staff agree that that such students may still be able to make a positive contribution to the school, they may be offered probation for an appropriate period in which to demonstrate their commitment to the success of the Theatre School.

The Theatre School exercises a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, and anti-social or intimidating behaviour.

Publicity

At any time, students may be asked to take part in recordings, photographs, videos, etc. for either private or public circulation. As part of the registration process you are required to sign a form giving consent to be included in such publicity.

Basic Do’s and Don’ts

Students are asked to remember:

1. Arrive in good time for registration promptly at 9:30am.

2. Do not leave early without good reason to avoid disrupting work in progress.

3. Wear a Theatre School top, black, rubber soled jazz shoes and loose trousers - no hipsters or jeans.

4. Switch off mobile phones between 9:30 and 2:00pm, including lunchtime. Emergency calls can be made from the office telephone.

5. Do not chew gum between 9:30 and 2:00pm.

6. Do not bring visitors or spectators during teaching time unless specifically invited by a member of the teaching staff.

7. Remain on the premises from the time of arrival until collected after classes.

8. Bring food and drink to cover the lunch break. Nothing heated for reasons of Health and Safety.

Parents are asked to remember:

1. Complete the registration and permission forms.

2. Ensure students are able to attend punctually.

3. Collect students from the bar area promptly at 2:00pm.

4. Ensure fees are paid promptly.

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Special Offers

Amenities

The Forum Theatre has many facilities to make your trip to the Theatre more enjoyable including bar and coffee areas which are open for all performances. For disabled patrons we also offer disabled toilets on all floors, a hard of hearing loop system and an easy access box office.

Quick Booking

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
26th May 2017
Supersonic 70's
27th May 2017
Dominic Kirwan
1st Jun 2017
Back To Bacharach
2nd Jun 2017
The All Star Stand Up Tour 2017
3rd Jun 2017
Reach Out To Motown
9th Jun 2017
A Country Night In Nashville
10th Jun 2017
Mister Maker
11th Jun 2017
OddSocks Romeo and Juliet
13th Jun 2017
Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook
16th Jun 2017
Bye Bye Baby
17th Jun 2017
The Roy Orbison Story
22nd Jun 2017
And Finally . . Phil Collins
23rd Jun 2017
Richard and Adam
24th Jun 2017
Joe Longthorne
25th Jun 2017
Nadines Dance Company
26th Jun 2017 - 30th Jun 2017
The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular
1st Jul 2017
POPSTARS
2nd Jul 2017
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
9th Jul 2017
The First Hippo On The Moon
12th Jul 2017 - 13th Jul 2017
Billingham Festival Of World Dance
18th Aug 2017
Dinosaur World
2nd Sep 2017 - 3rd Sep 2017
Dial M For Murder
4th Sep 2017 - 6th Sep 2017
Forever In Blue Jeans
9th Sep 2017
It Runs In The Family
15th Sep 2017 - 16th Sep 2017
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
17th Sep 2017 - 18th Sep 2017
The Dreamboys
19th Sep 2017
The Magic Of Motown
21st Sep 2017
Rule The World
23rd Sep 2017
Michael English
27th Sep 2017
Formerly Of Bucks Fizz
28th Sep 2017
Ultimate Bowie
29th Sep 2017
The Manfreds
30th Sep 2017
Madama Butterfly
3rd Oct 2017
TALON - The Best Of Eagles
4th Oct 2017
Beautiful Noise
5th Oct 2017
The Night Pirates
6th Oct 2017 - 7th Oct 2017
The ELO Experience
12th Oct 2017
The Quo Experience
13th Oct 2017
RIP IT UP
14th Oct 2017
The Ghost's Touch
17th Oct 2017 - 18th Oct 2017
Charlie Landsborough
19th Oct 2017
Bay City Rollers
20th Oct 2017 - 21st Oct 2017
Dick & Dom Live
22nd Oct 2017
Cirque Enchantment
24th Oct 2017
Prince Revelation
27th Oct 2017
GOK WAN
1st Nov 2017
The Solid Gold Rock 'N' Roll Show
2nd Nov 2017
Some Guys Have All The Luck
3rd Nov 2017
The Elvis Years
17th Nov 2017
Lulu
20th Nov 2017
The Summer Of Love
25th Nov 2017
Cinderella
2nd Dec 2017 - 7th Jan 2018
80's Mania At Christmas
15th Dec 2017 - 16th Dec 2017
Forbidden Nights
24th Jan 2018
Totally Tina
3rd Feb 2018
Spamalot
13th Mar 2018 - 17th Mar 2018
The Sensational 60's Experience
13th Apr 2018 - 14th Apr 2018
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Upcoming Shows

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
26th May 2017
What we see on this show is Brian Poole, Len “Chip” Hawkes and Dave Munden, together again, performing hits, such as “Twist And Shout”, “Do You Love Me” & “Silence Is Golden”.
Supersonic 70's
27th May 2017
It’s the hottest ticket in town! An incredible live show so jam packed with classic 70s hits it’s no wonder it’s been described as “the best 70s show of it’s kind”.
Dominic Kirwan
1st Jun 2017
Dominic Kirwan In Concert With Lisa Stanley. Firmly established as one of Ireland’s greatest ever entertainers, Dominic Kirwan hits the road again in 2017 with a brand new show with Lisa Stanley.
Back To Bacharach
2nd Jun 2017
Back to Bacharach celebrates the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David penned some of the most memorable and …
The All Star Stand Up Tour 2017
3rd Jun 2017
The All-Star Stand-Up Tour is back in 2017 with 3 more top comedians alongside returning compere Jarred Christmas. This year’s line-up includes Stewart Francis, Justin Moorhouse and Mike Gunn.