For over two decades Theatretrain have championed an exhilarating approach to theatre school education in the performing arts for young people aged 4-18. We teach our children how to Dance, Act and Sing in performing arts classes at Stanley Park High School using experienced and fully qualified teachers all of whom hold enhanced DBS' and some of whom have First Aid qualifications.
Theatretrain brings out the best in students, builds confidence, and gives aspiring young actors opportunities of a lifetime via our large scale London shows and our smaller local shows each year.
When they're part of Theatretrain, all young performers are part of something big. We make our training accessible to all and there are no auditions to join Theatretrain. Energy, enthusiam and commitment are our only entry requirements. Our unique, step-by-step curriculum enables all young people, whatever their level of ability, to build a thorough understanding of the performing arts; developing technique, confidence, imagination, teamwork and individual expression along the way. But most importantly your child will have fun and make new friends.
We take a professional approach to training the performing arts to children. All our teachers are highly experience and teach dancing, acting and singing skills in the important wider context of professional theatre - covering storytelling, sound, movement and stage attitude. Our classes are divided for pupils aged 6-9, 9-12, 13-18 and now are new Minis classes are for 4-5 year olds.
Our belief is that theatre should be everyone who wants to have a go and as such we write all our own local shows to ensure that all students get a chance to have more or less involvement as they wish - although we always try and encourage students to challenge themselves and move out of their comfort zone. Theatretrain Sutton have also appeared in the West End shows, the Royal Albert Hall and the O2.
There are also opportunities for our students to get involved in international performances and our Theatretrain Academy is designed to bring experience pupils, aged 15-18, from different centres together on a regular basis to collaborate and progress their individual skills.
Theatretrain have also recently teamed up with Goldmans Management Agency to offer those students who want it the opportunity of being represented by them. Since teaming up with Goldmans many of our students have appeared on stage and television, including the live performance of the Sound of Music which was shown on TV over Christmas 2015.
Sutton, Carshalton, Cheam, Morden, Wallington, Carshalton Beeches, Beddington, Hackbridge, Coulsdon, Banstead, Belmont, Purley and Croydon.
Our main school sessions of 3 hours singing, acting and dancing are £20 per session with all siblings receiving a substantial 50% discount at £10 per session. Fees are payable in advance but can be paid in instalments upon arrangement with the Centre Director.
Our Minis classes are £10 per 90 minute session of storytelling, movement, singing, dancing and performing. Fees must be paid in advance and can be paid in one or two instalments.
This recommendation was made verbally by a parent speaking to the KalliKids team and confirmed in writing.
Cas, who runs Theatretrain is very approachable and very friendly, as are the singing and dance teachers. When my daughter, Shannon first started with Theatretrain they were putting on a big show that Christmas in the West End. Shannon was so nervous - the teachers really looked after her and built her confidence. She really likes that they made her feel at home. Shannon loves to perform and likes that she can sing, dance and act, so she has a balance of everything. I think it's extraordinary that they offer 50% discount for siblings and would love my other daughter to go too!
Both of my children have been going to Theatretrain for about a year now. I really like that it's helped build their confidence. They both really enjoy dancing, singing and the interaction with other children. Theatretrain keeps them busy and motivates them. The teachers are laid back, not pushy and very attentive - they hone in on the children's individual needs. I think the teachers go above and beyond - they are very encouraging and very patient. I enjoy sending my children to Theatretrain as much as they enjoy going - it's fantastic!
Both of my children go to Theatretrain. Caitlyn started last October and Harry has just started going. I really like the friendly atmosphere at Theatretrain, which is a family business. Carol, who runs the group, is very welcoming and very inclusive. If the children want to take part in a show they can - regardless of their ability. My son, Harry is only just 6, but I felt very comfortable leaving him at Theatretrain - I knew he would be well looked after. My daughter enjoys meeting other children outside of school. Carol has a buddy system, so she got to make new friends very quickly. Communication is excellent - Carol always responds promptly to emails. If there are shows we know where, when and what the children need. My children may not want to go on to the stage as a career, but they are getting a lot out of it. I'm over the moon with Theatretrain!
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Carol’s connection with Theatretrain began in 2010 after a visit to her children’s primary school by Theatretrain prompted her daughter’s pleas to be allowed to join. Over the following 3 years Theatretrain was to have a very big impact on her daughter’s life, helping to build her confidence and self-esteem enormously as well as cementing her love of all things performance. Before becoming Centre Director for Theatretrain Sutton in 2013 Carol viewed many performances as a parent and knows it isn’t always just the children who benefit from being part of the Theatretrain family. Carol qualified as a Drama Teacher at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has taught in many secondary and primary schools across London and the South East. She has also worked in several independent schools and has previously taught drama at a part-time dance school. In addition she also writes, performs and directs and has worked with both children and adults in these roles.