New musical theater class launched in Tavistock for children


An Exeter-based performing arts school is launching an after-school musical theater course for children aged 8-16 in Tavistock.

Theatretrain Exeter will be holding sessions at the Red & Black Club from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday evening and hosted a free open house on Friday October 15 for children who may be interested in joining this class.

Center director and drama teacher Paul Clark said: “With the year we have had, the performing arts are a great way to develop a child’s life skills – teamwork. , empathy, resilience, communication, etc. fun and creativity and improve their mental health.

“We have a team of professional teachers in place and now we only need students. “

Theatretrain Exeter is an offshoot of the national Theatretrain company which has been in existence for over 25 years. It was founded by Kevin Dowsett who created a new approach to performing arts training that moves away from traditional performing arts training for young people (which is based on an exam system) and is a process more immersive and creative; closer to a theatrical experience than to school.

Paul started working for Theatretrain in 2008 as a drama teacher in Northampton before joining the head office team for his large-scale shows.

Having moved to the South West, he felt it was time to open a center in Exeter and the Theatretrain Exeter was launched in October 2017.

“We just got stronger and stronger and in the relatively short time that we were open, we starred in Annie Jr. (our first local show), appeared on TV (Don’t Tell the Bride), a participated in our first Royal Albert Hall Show (Move in 2019), performed on stage at Disneyland Paris with Mickey, Minnie and Goofie (Let’s Sing Christmas) and was in New York.

“Not only do we train our students in the performing arts and help them develop their life skills, but we also aim to provide them with rewarding experiences. Students can perform every year and it can be locally, in the West End or at the Royal Albert Hall.

“Shortly after opening our main center in Exeter, we started a musical theater course near Cullompton and are now looking to replicate that in Tavistock. We have a unique program that goes to the heart of what it is to be an interpreter and an essential part of the training is to work as a team. This is where we develop empathy, contact with feelings and storytelling, as well as work on movement, space, time and sound.

“Our musical theater class is a fun, kid-friendly way for kids to explore the performing arts while making new friends, developing life skills, building confidence, and discovering a variety of comedies. different musical styles. It is open to children from 8 to 16 years old and no experience is necessary. Our team of professionally trained teachers look forward to getting started and providing fantastic experiences for the children of Tavistock and the surrounding area. ‘

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