Performance Academy

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Fancy having loads of fun and making new friends while developing skills in Acting, Singing and Dancing? Sign up to Performance Academy or Performance Academy Kidz today!


What is it?

Theatre Royal Performance Academy and Performance Academy Kidz are weekend performance training programmes for young people in the Wakefield area.

Performance Academy (ages 7 - 18) is a three-hour weekend musical theatre programme with weekly training in singing, dancing and acting. All participants are invited to perform on the Theatre Royal Wakefield stage as part of our annual showcase, Sing! Dance! Act!
Participants are also invited to audition for our Wakefield Youth Music Theatre summer musical, our annual Pantomime chorus and to take part in other performance opportunities.

Performance Academy Kidz (ages 5 - 6) is a 1.5 hour weekly session that supports the use of imagination and play using drama, dance and song. We will aim to build confidence and performance skills to prepare your little ones to join the Performance Academy.

When and where is it?

Sessions are held in Wakefield City centre on Saturdays during term time. Each term is twelve weeks long, with three terms per year. Sessions are three hours long and start times vary by age group.

9:30am-12:30pm ages 7-12

1:00pm-2:30pm PA Kidz

1:00pm-4:00pm ages 13/14

3:00pm-6:00pm ages 15+

Provisional Summer Term Dates 2021

17-April

24-April

01-May

08-May

15-May

22-May

29-May

Half Term break

12-June

19-June

26-June

03-July

10-July

17-July *Technical Rehearsal for sharing of work, times TBC

24-July* Dress Rehearsal and sharing of work, times TBC


What you can expect?

Active, practical sessions with industry professional tutors. We build performance skills in acting, singing and dancing, help participants understand how to give a good audition, and give practical experience of rehearsing and performing on a professional stage.

We hope that participants will eventually audition to perform in our Wakefield Youth Music Theatre productions and our Pantomime chorus, but our main aim is to develop skills, confidence, and an enjoyment of live performance.

If you want to learn more about our professional Performance Academy tutors, you can meet the team here.

Who is it for?

There are no auditions to be part of Performance Academy and we welcome students with all levels of ability and experience. As long as you are aged 5 - 18 and want to develop your performance skills, we would love to hear from you.


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[She] loves going on a Saturday to learn more skills and to make new friendships. [She] is getting better and better as the years go on and I look forward to seeing how far she has come with every showcase

Performance Academy Parent

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Performance Academy has been a fantastic experience for my daughter, helping her to develop confidence and performance skills that enabled her to successfully audition for Pantomime and Wakefield Youth Music Theatre. She has successfully auditioned to study performing arts full time and plans to seek a career in the arts when her course is finished

Performance Academy Parent

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I absolutely loved coming to Performance Academy. My confidence improved so much, I made many new friends and will remember these experiences for my whole life

Former Performance Academy Student


How much does it cost?

Paying ‘Per term’

  • Fees paid in full at the beginning of the term are taken three times per year
  • Each payment covers a 12 week period
  • Termly fees can be paid over the phone through our Box Office on 01924 211 311, via BACS bank transfer or online

Paying with Direct Debit

  • Direct Debit fees are taken nine times per year
  • Each payment covers a 4 week period
  • Sept / Oct / Nov Direct Debits are for Autumn term
    Jan / Feb / March Direct Debits are for Spring Term
    April / May / June Direct Debits are for Summer Term

Pricing

Price PointPrice per term - 3 payments per yearDirect debit for 9 months (Sep - Nov then Jan - Jun)
Performance Academy£295 per term£96.65 per month
Performance Academy Kidz£150 per term£48.33 per month
If you have more than one child in Performance Academy, a 15% discount will be given to each child.
Price PointPrice per term - 3 payments per yearDirect debit for 9 months (Sep - Nov then Jan - Jun)
Performance Academy sibling£250 per term£82.16 per month (per sibling)
Performance Academy Kidz sibling£125 per term£41.16 per month (per sibling)
If you are unable to afford the full amount, you may be able to apply for an assisted place (40% discount) or a full bursary (no fees to pay).
Price PointPrice per term - 3 payments per yearDirect debit for 9 months (Sep - Nov then Jan - Jun)
Performance Academy assisted place£180 per term£58.33 per month
Performance Academy Kidz assisted place£90 per term£29 per month

As well as fees, students will also need a Performance Academy t-shirt and a pair of jazz shoes. There are no added costs to perform in our annual showcase, except the cost of tickets for the family to watch the performance. We may ask you to provide some extra costume bits that you are likely to already have at home, but most of our costume comes from the Theatre’s wardrobe.

It is worth noting that our annual showcase rehearsals do need some extra time commitment, normally three extra days on weekends leading up to the show, then four evenings at Theatre Royal Wakefield for rehearsals and performances.

If your child misses a Performance Academy session because they are performing in a Theatre Royal Wakefield production (eg. our Pantomime chorus), we will refund the cost of the missed session.
If your child misses the session for other reasons (family holidays and events or illness) we are unable to offer a refund.


Interested in joining Performance Academy?

To register for your FREE taster session, to join a waiting list, or for more information, please contact Gavin.

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