Winscombe Youth Theatre School

PUBLISHED: 10:29 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 14:59 03 June 2010

Winscombe Youth Theatre

Winscombe Youth Theatre

Guys and Dolls, Annie, West Side Story and Little Shop of Horrors are just a few of the productions this group has put on over the years.

With a range of abilities, ages and skills this school provides opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved.
Students are taught by qualified teachers in drama, dance and singing and are also given the chance to get involved with learning the technical aspects of putting on a show.
The schools founder and principal, Theresa Hemming, said: As long as our pupils have enthusiasm we can teach them the rest.
With a lot of them we see such a transformation in their personalities and they gain so much confidence.
When Theresa first founded the school she only held one session on a Saturday morning.
Now the number of pupils is so large, and the school has become such a success, that the youngsters are split into separate sessions according to their age and meet twice a week.
Theresa said: The school is a very friendly group to be part of.
A lot of former students still come along to our productions and sometimes drop into classes to see how we all are.
Students at the school have the chance to take their skills even further by taking exams to gain qualifications from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, which may help them move on to stage school or straight into a performance career.
Theresa said: Even if our pupils do not end up in a job that includes drama I know our work does wonders for them.
To be able to stand up and perform in front of people means they will not be worried about it in the future.
The next show to be put on by the school will be held in May. Alice in Wonderland will be performed by pupils aged between four and 12 at Churchill Community School on May 24.
THE FACTS:
Name of club: Winscombe Youth Theatre School.
Founded: 1990.
Who the club caters for: Youngsters aged four to 18 with an interest in dance, drama or singing.
Membership: 80 students.
Meeting time and place: Churchill Community School in Churchill Green on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Who to contact for more details: Theresa Hemming on 01934 843952 or log on to www.winscombeyouththeatre.com

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