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Edinburgh Festival Success

By Admin
Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Summer holidays were certainly busy at the Creative Stage studios, what with two Summer Schools and rehearsals for 'A Chorus Line’, at the Edinburgh Festival taking place!

 

On week one of Summer School, we welcomed thirty-eight young performers, aged between 5 -11, who all took part in five days of performing arts fun, based around Roald Dahl!

We also welcomed various guest artists including; John Dempsey, who took them through an energetic Musical Theatre workshop, John Nichol, with his captivating story telling workshop and a taster session with The Super Elite Taekwon-Do company. We finished off the week welcoming in the parents for an afternoon of entertainment! 

On week two, the 12-17 year olds were taught and inspired by elite professionals from various areas of the Performing Arts world! 

Calum Lowden and his fellow dancers from Ballet Works, began the week with a contemporary/ballet workshop. The quartet enticed us with a sneak peak of one of their beautiful pieces which they were performing at Dance Base during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Jack Lowden, award winning actor, joined us on day two, he worked in great depth with the students on film scripts! 
The Rocky Horror Show
 performer, Sarah Wilkie, lead an all singing, dancing and acting workshop, teaching choreography from two of the musicals iconic chorus numbers.  On day three, we were delighted to welcome accomplished Musical Theatre performer, Kieran Brown. Kieran delivered an insightful workshop covering scenes and musical numbers from Wicked, Into the Woods, Mamma Mia and Mary Poppins. Kieran informed us that the CS students were ‘genuinely, one of the best schools I have visited so far’!   We didn’t slow down on our final day as the students participated in two contrasting workshops; first off with commercial dancer, Jade Parker and secondly with Erica Lawrence, Musical Theatre guru at the full time Performing Arts School, Bird College.
It was a truly incredible opportunity for the older students, they received an invaluable and hugely beneficial four days worth of insightful workshops. We are positive that the students won’t forget the experience! 



Summer School week finished at 4pm and we were straight into rehearsals with the cast of ‘A Chorus Line’.

The students performed A Chorus Line, at the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels back in November, 2018, so we certainly had our work cut out for us! The intimate, flat floored studio theatre at Paradise in Augustines, was a much smaller stage than we were accustomed to, however it totally suited the style of show, drawing our audiences in; up, close and personal! 

A Chorus LineHigh School Edition, hit the Edinburgh Festival from the 12th-17th of August and we were beyond delighted to sell out our six performance dates and receive a 5 STAR review from Sardines magazine. It goes without saying, that the children had an absolute blast and gained so much from performing at the biggest arts festival in the world. The students performed with great gusto and professionalism, soaking up the atmosphere; they handed out flyers on the famous Royal Mile and increased their knowledge by attending several of the Musicals and Plays that the Fringe had to offer! 

At the end of the Summer, we said a sad goodbye to four of our seniors; Erin Christie, Mitchell Green and Cory Paterson (Mr Cory), who have all now started to further their training in Edinburgh at MGA on the Musical Theatre degree course!
Kara Roberts was also amongst the four to leave school, however, she will still be attending various dance classes with Creative Stage before auditioning for Musical Theatre schools in London. Miss Kara is also assisting with the Mini Creatives and Baby Ballet classes! We are always sad to see our students leave, especially when they have been such an integral part of Creative Stage, however, we are thrilled to see them succeed in their new ventures!   

October Holidays are now around the corner, we can’t believe how quickly the term is passing! We are delighted to have welcomed lots of new students into our classes over the past five weeks and of course extremely happy to see the usual friendly faces return :-)

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