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Performing Arts Holiday Camps in Stafford and Biddulph

Our Performing Arts Holiday Camps are fantastic for children who love to sing, dance or act. They provide a positive, creative, fun and safe environment during the school holidays for children to learn and develop new performance skills . 

The good news is that they run every day over February half term, Easter holidays, May half term, the Summer Holidays and October half term.

Come and join the fun, we are sure your children will love it!!

Our Performing Arts Holiday Camps are 5 STAR RATED by parents

"My 8 year old daughter has spent Feb half term at Stage Stars, and has absolutely loved it! She has enjoyed the different performance each day so it doesn't matter if they are not there one of the days. Gav, Alex and Phoebe have been amazing and I will be sending my daughter again in the Easter holidays"

 

(Nickie Frost, Parent)

"Saw this and thought I would give it a try for my 10 year old daughter. She absolutely loves it, a day or a week, a different performance every day which I’m hoping to see later on in the week. Local venue for us, and the cost for all she is involved in is more than excellent. She will definitely be coming again x"

 

(Kim Jones, Parent)

 

 

"My daughter attended Stage Stars yesterday and had a fantastic time. She is very shy when meeting new people and going to new places however everyone was so friendly she relaxed really quickly. She talked non-stop about everything they had done and how nice everyone was. She definitely wants to attend again. I would recommend Active Lives to friends."

 

(Claire Bennet, Parent)

What do you need to know?

Where do you run your Performing Arts Holiday Clubs?

Our Performing Arts Holiday Camps run at the following locations: - Sir Graham Balfour High School, North Avenue, Stafford, ST16 1NR ( http://www.sirgrahambalfour.co.uk ) - Biddulph High School, Conway Rd, Knypersley, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7AR ( https://biddulphhigh.co.uk )

Which holiday periods do the Performing Arts Holiday Camps run?

Our performing arts holiday camps run - February Half Term - Easter Holidays - Summer Holidays - October Half Term

What qualifications do the Performing Arts Teachers hold, and are they DBS Checked?

All of our Performing Arts Teachers either have a Degree in Performing Arts or hold an IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) Teachers qualifications. This allows them to deliver Musical Theatre and a wide range of dance disciplines. They are also DBS checked , are first aid trained and have also received safeguarding children training.

What will my child need to bring to the Performing Arts Holiday Camps?

Children will also need to bring a packed lunch with plenty of snacks for throughout the day. We do ask that packed lunches are nut free even if your child doesn't have a nut allergy. They will also need to bring plenty of drinks to make sure that they are hydrated for all the dance activities that they take part in.

How much do the Performing Arts Holiday Camps cost?

We try to keep the costs of the performing arts holiday camps, as low as possible with the aim of making them as accessible as possible. Parents can book individual days from 8:30am - 3:30pm for £13 per day or 8:30am - 5:30pm for £17.

Here's an outline of what the typical day looks like

830am-9amUpon arrival, parents will sign their children in at the front desk while the children in the sports hall. Children will interact with the Performing Arts Teacher and other members and learn eachothers’ names and play games.
9am-9:15am

Warm up activity

Warm up activities. The group are taken over to the theatre hall where we open with a name game to introduce ourselves to any newcomers, followed by a static dance warm up all together including cardio workouts and stretching to fun music.
9:15am-9:30am

Activity 1

The children are given an overview of what the day will include. They will work towards one performance at the end of the day from a particular musical, and will perform an opening dance/ song, followed by an acting/ speaking scene, finishing with a big dance finale at the end.

Also during this time, character roles from the script are offered to the children. Nobody is obliged to speak if they do not want to. If there are multiple people wanting the same role, we have a fun informal audition and a group vote to assign the character. (we try to keep the characters fair and if a child does not get a role this day they will be prioritised for the next)
9:30am-10:20am

Activity 2

With the characters decided, the children will be taught the finale dance routine, as this requires the most time to learn. They learn dance steps inspired by the style of dance from the selected musical, which will be completely different each day, along with different patterns and formations, with the opportunity to make up small bits on their own.
10:20am-10:40am

Break

With the dance completed, the children get a 20 minute break for drinks and a snack. This time can also include an opportunity for any questions or discussions between the coach and the children.
10:40am- 12pm

Activity 3

This time is split between an arts and crafts activity, and staging the acting scene for the characters.

The arts and craft will be provided, and will be incorporated into the performance. The children are given a particular prop/ something to be used in the set to make and decorate however they wish.

Once everybody is finished, the group work with the coach to set their dialogue scene reading off of a short script provided.  Everybody is given an opportunity to speak, and improvements on how to speak on stage, along with other dramatic techniques including body language and use of facial expressions.

Between these activities, the children also play group activities and games based around drama and performance skills.
12pm-1pm

Lunch break

At 12 pm, the children break for lunch. The stage stars children are joined by the soccer stars, giving any siblings/ friends in different groups to meet up and talk about what they’ve been doing throughout the day.
1:pm-2:15pm

Activity 4

After lunch break, the children are taught the first opening number for the performance. This can either be a song or a short routine using music from the musical they are learning. (Again, no child is obliged to sing if they do not want to). This routine incorporates entering and exiting the stage in a professional manner and how the characters will be going into their dialogue scene.

With the opening to the performance complete, it’s time to bring the three parts together. The children learn about entering the stage and knowing their cues to begin the next section. The structure is as follows: opening number, dialogue scene, finale dance, bow. With lots of practice and rehearsals to ensure everybody knows what they are doing, the show is complete.

2:15pm-2:35pm

Break

Around 2.15pm, the children are given another break and more opportunities to ask questions or discuss any parts of the show they are unsure of. During this time, they can also play some more games and practice anything they want to.
2:35pm- 3pm

Last rehearsals

After their last break, everybody helps to set out chairs and prepare the stage/set/small costume bits/ facepaint/props for the performance. This time can also be used for any more full run-throughs or rehearsals that the children wish to do, or queries they may have.
3pm-3:30pm

Show time/ pick up

Parents are invited to arrive between 3-3.15pm to watch the performance. Once everybody has arrived, the children take time to introduce their show and what they have learned about/ made through the day.

At 3.15 pm, the children perform their show. A brief conclusion of the day is discussed and the children are free to go home.
3:30pm-5:30pmFor children who want to stay till 5pm there will be a range of different dance routines, drama games and related craft.

 

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