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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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

Ikebana - The Journey In Quest Of Harmony
11th Aug 2018 - 12th Aug 2018
BIFF - World Dance Gala
17th Aug 2018
G4 LIVE
4th Sep 2018
Ross Noble - Warm Up
7th Sep 2018 - 8th Sep 2018
Private Peaceful
10th Sep 2018 - 12th Sep 2018
The Dreamboys
13th Sep 2018
Little Baby Bum
14th Sep 2018 - 16th Sep 2018
The Play That Goes Wrong
17th Sep 2018 - 22nd Sep 2018
Rip It Up the 60's
23rd Sep 2018
Jimmy Osmond's 70's Jukebox
24th Sep 2018
Ultimate Bowie
27th Sep 2018
Soul Legends
28th Sep 2018
Bringing On Back The 60's
29th Sep 2018
The Matt Monro Story
2nd Oct 2018
A Celebration Of John Denver
3rd Oct 2018
Carmen
4th Oct 2018
The Rocket Man
5th Oct 2018
The Spirit Of Elvis
6th Oct 2018
An Audience With Simon Reeve
8th Oct 2018
The Nightmare Room
9th Oct 2018 - 10th Oct 2018
Thank You For The Music
11th Oct 2018
The Golden Age Of Variety
12th Oct 2018
Sweet Caroline
13th Oct 2018
Little Fix
14th Oct 2018
TALON - The Best Of Eagles
17th Oct 2018
Forever In Blue Jeans
18th Oct 2018
Some Guys Have All The Luck
19th Oct 2018
Sam Bailey - In Concert
20th Oct 2018
Emerald Storm
21st Oct 2018
The Eleventh Hour
22nd Oct 2018 - 23rd Oct 2018
Fastlove - A Tribute To George Michael
24th Oct 2018
Heatwave & Odyssey
26th Oct 2018
Seriously Dead
27th Oct 2018
The Legends Of American Country
28th Oct 2018
Joe Longthorne
30th Oct 2018
Buddy Holly & The Cricketers
1st Nov 2018
Bing Live!
3rd Nov 2018 - 4th Nov 2018
A Christmas Carol
7th Nov 2018 - 11th Nov 2018
The Platters
14th Nov 2018
Halfway To Paradise
17th Nov 2018
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
20th Nov 2018
Swan Lake
21st Nov 2018
The Magic Of The Beatles
23rd Nov 2018
Bay City Rollers
24th Nov 2018
Peter Pan
1st Dec 2018 - 6th Jan 2019
A Viennese Christmas Gala
7th Dec 2018
The Magic Of Motown
14th Dec 2018 - 15th Dec 2018
A Country Night In Nashville
11th Jan 2019
Beauty & The Beast
12th Jan 2019
LEGEND - The Music Of Bob Marley
18th Jan 2019
Michael - Starring Ben
19th Jan 2019
Forbidden Nights
24th Jan 2019
Roy Chubby Brown
25th Jan 2019 - 26th Jan 2019
Dirty Dusting
27th Jan 2019
The Lionel Richie Songbook
31st Jan 2019
WHITNEY - Queen Of The Night
1st Feb 2019
Let's Hang On
2nd Feb 2019
Johnny Cash Roadshow
3rd Feb 2019
Jim Davidson
7th Feb 2019
Big Dick Whittington
22nd Feb 2019 - 23rd Feb 2019
Robert White
28th Feb 2019
Luther
1st Mar 2019
Showaddywaddy
2nd Mar 2019
Blood Brothers
12th Mar 2019 - 16th Mar 2019
The Sensational 60's Experience
6th Apr 2019
Les Musicals
1st Jun 2019
Lipstick On Your Collar
8th Jun 2019
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Upcoming Shows

Ikebana - The Journey In Quest Of Harmony
11th Aug 2018 - 12th Aug 2018
An innovative show, inspired by the famous Japanese art of flower arrangement, Ikebana artistically combines nature and humanity.
BIFF - World Dance Gala
17th Aug 2018
Billingham Festival of World Dance 2018 is proud to bring to you the line-up of outstanding dance companies from across the World, including Argentina, Chile, Egypt, France, Japan, Mexico, and Ukraine…
G4 LIVE
4th Sep 2018
The UK's No.1 classical vocal harmony quartet are back with another exhilarating tour - G4 LIVE!
Ross Noble - Warm Up
7th Sep 2018 - 8th Sep 2018
Don’t miss your chance to see comedy legend Ross Noble in this intimate venue as warm up for his brand new 2018 tour.
Private Peaceful
10th Sep 2018 - 12th Sep 2018
Commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War One, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn.