"Do it big, do it right and do it with style." Fred Astaire said it right, and at Summer Drama, dance rehearsal is the first thing the students experience every day. Not only does it get them awake and ready for the day's classes but for an actor Rhythm is something that hugely benefits any performance. These classes are about teaching the students the skills of learning choreography as well as counting music and rhythm. Our second style of movement class includes a number from a musical, where the challenge is to sing, dance AND act all in the one go - in the olden days they called them 'Triple Threats'. Both these classes help the students to appreciate the magic of dance and music in all its variety.
"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players". Shakespeare, one of the greatest playwrights of all time. The students are given a condensed version of some of the classic Shakespeare plays which they perform during the final performance of the week. This benefits many of our students as not only is it a new grasp on a style of language but many study the plays in school and this can further their understanding of the texts.
A world of pure imagination. This class is designed to give the students full reign to use their imaginations and collaborate with each other to perform a short story through improvised scenes.
The students perform a series of songs to a selected theme. This class gets the children to know a range of songs that are not from the obvious current musicals, but very often old variety songs as well old classics that many parents and grandparents may recognise. It also encourages the students to sing in double acts/trios, solos and as a complete company
The students star in their very own movie where they learn the skills needed for working on film sets and how to act for camera, the movie is then shown during the final performance.
Marcel Marceau, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, just some the greatest mime & silent movie artists in the world. An entire story told, with just a look, a gesture, a movement.
In rehearsals for Mime performance, the students will be given a story, that will be told with no words, only some music to accompany it.