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!


Pontefract has free tasters through Summer Term 2022

PA Kidz and Wakefield currently have a waiting list

Please contact Gavin for more information

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?

Start times depend on which group your child joins:

Pontefract (age 7-18)-10:00am-1:00pm

Pontefract sessions are at Carleton High School, Pontefract, WF8 3NW

PA Kidz (age 5/6)-1:00pm-2:30pm

PA Kidz sessions are at Theatre Royal Wakefield

Wakefield (age 7-18)-2:30pm-5:30pm

Wakefield sessions are in Wakefield City Centre

Full term dates for 2021-22 can be found here

Draft term dates for 2022-23 can be found here

What can you 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


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.


Uniform is a Performance Academy t-shirt, black bottoms (leggings / shorts / jogging bottoms) and black or tan split sole jazz shoes. It may also be useful for girls to have a black leotard to wear under uniform. Our uniform suppliers also sell branded hoodies, but these are optional.

Uniform can be purchased from Imagine Dancewear, via their website. Click on the link below, then scroll down to Theatre Royal Performance Academy.

Visit Imagine's website

Password: THEATRE21

Imagine also visit sessions a couple of times a term if you prefer to buy in person.

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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