The next step for would-be stage stars

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Theatre -

Anew prepa­ra­tion course for young­sters look­ing to forge a per­form­ing arts ca­reer launches in Peter­bor­ough next month.

Broth­ers James and Ja­son Win­ter left Peter­bor­ough over 10 years ago to fol­low their dream of per­form­ing in a West End the­atre. Both have been very for­tu­nate and have seen their dream come true, and now they would like to help other lo­cal young peo­ple achieve the same goal.

“Hav­ing spo­ken to many young peo­ple it is very ev­i­dent that through no real fault of their own, many schools and ca­reers advi- sors find it very dif­fi­cult to give ad­vice to stu­dents want­ing a fu­ture in per­form­ing arts,” said James.

“It is a mine­field when it comes to choos­ing which vo­ca­tional col­lege or school is right for you.....and that’s where this course fits in.

“It is a chance to train with, talk to and take ad­vice from peo­ple that have been in that same sit­u­a­tion and are now work­ing in the in­dus­try”.

There are three path­ways: mu­si­cal the­atre au­di­tion tech­nique; act­ing au­di­tion tech­nique; au­di­tion for dance.

The whole course is de­signed to equip the stu­dent with the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion, skills and con­fi­dence to em­bark upon au­di­tions for pro­fes­sional vo­ca­tional col­leges.

Over the course stu­dents will re­ceive ex­pert prepa­ra­tion in au­di­tion tech­nique, solo songs and act­ing mono­logues along­side classes in bal­let, jazz and con­tem­po­rary.

Ja­son, co-founder of Take2thestage, said: “If you are se­ri­ous and de­ter­mined to pur­sue a ca­reer in the per­form­ing arts in­dus­try and want an in­sight into drama school au­di­tion days this is the course for you.

“Our aim is to of­fer ex­pe­ri­ence through mock au­di­tions, in­ten­sive tech­ni­cal work­shops and how to pre­pare for au­di­tions. Guid­ance will be given on your au­di­tion ma­te­rial, how to present your­self and any ar­eas you may need to de­velop fur­ther in or­der to give you the best pos­si­ble chance of suc­cess.”

Classes will be taken at Tu Danse Stu­dios in Ne­wark Road, Peter­bor­ough, on Sun­days, from 10.30am- 4.30pm, and will be taught by pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in the per­form­ing arts in­dus­try, in­clud­ing James and Ja­son.

The 12-week course will take place on Oc­to­ber 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; Novem­ber 6, 13, 20 and 27; and De­cem­ber 4, 11 and 18.

The course is open to stu­dents from the age of 14-21, and costs £60 per week payable ei­ther in full on Oc­to­ber 2 or in three in­stal­ments of £240 due on Oc­to­ber 2 and 30, and Novem­ber 27.

There are just 30 avail­able places so for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to re­quest an ap­pli­ca­tion form email anita@tu­danse.

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