After a very successful panto run in Aladdin at the Princess Theatre, the Heacham based Rollason Stage School has enjoyed a huge influx of students in its opening sessions in January, writes Elaine Bird.
With two working professionals that are also qualified teachers alongside head of school Michelle Rollason and visiting coaches, lessons in musical theatre, drama, ballet, tap, modern jazz and commercial street dance are attracting students from a wide area.
Plans for 2106 include dance competitions and festivals in East Anglia and beyond, gradings in the various dancing disciplines, and also performing in the Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts Drama Festival, where last year the School won the Adjudicators’ Award, and opportunities to perform in professional productions.
Having taken part in the ‘Dirty Dancing’ show in 2015, the School provides dancers for professional touring shows at the Princess Theatre and has already been booked for the 2016 production of Jack and the Beanstalk.
In August the youngsters will be travelling to Yorkshire for a return visit to the Scarborough Open Air Theatre for two nights, a venue that has played host to some of the biggest names in show business including Elton John, Jessie J, Boyzone, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, JLS and McFly to name a few.
Headteacher Michelle Rollason said: “We had great feedback from Aladdin and have some terrific opportunities for the children including workshop acting and vocal coach training with West End star Andy Mace, as well as the Scarborough booking so we are looking forward to the year ahead with confidence.”