Team TLOTS!

I wanted to express our love at the moment for the children of our Theatre School.

It feels as though a shift has happen, a gear change, all our children have suddenly got a passion for what we do. They are all working incredibly hard, they are supporting each other and are proud of what they are achieving. The standard is being lifted and honestly we could not be prouder.

We don’t strive for THE best, we strive for the children at THEIR best – this being happy, excited, feeling safe and supported. We are a family and boy do we love our family!

Don’t forget that all of the children are requested to perform in Andover Town Centre on Sunday 16th December- Times TBC. Here we will be singing Christmas Carols, mixed with some other lovely songs and maybe a couple of cheeky dance routines too! Can’t wait.

Pass us on, tell your friends, this is the place to be!!

Autumn/Winter Term

Yes we are still technically in Summer, but we are sooo looking forward to getting back and getting stuck in!

Term starts back week commencing 10th September and we run until 7th December.

We begin with ‘Bring a Friend Week’! Our good old favourite. This week is an important one for us, it’s very hard for a child to just decide they want to come, or a parent to think ‘how about this?’ – we thrive on word of mouth. So bringing a friend along because, maybe you like to sing your hearts out in the school toilets or perform to your friends in the playground at break (this was very much me by the way), it gives them a chance to see what we are all about. And maybe, if they like it, they will want to join us too, that means you get to see your bestie more than once in a day! Bring a Friend Week will be running on either Monday 10th September or Friday 14th September depending on your class.

After the October half term break (22nd – 26th October) we will be working on our Christmas carols for our singing session in the town on Sunday 16th December. A great way to showcase our young talent in our classes and get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Class 3’s have a very exciting term ahead as they try something new – Children’s Theatre, with a show written by myself and Lillie, Adventures with Sam: In Outer Space.

You would think this would come naturally, as they are still children themselves, but it is very hard to get children’s theatre just right. How to interact with the audience, keep the energy high the whole time, be playful, fun and very much out of their comfort zones – I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on. They will have full costume, script and set but what they do with it all is their choice, they are the producers, directors and stage managers of the whole show. This will then be performed to our ‘Shorties’ and invited family/friends. Date TBC.

 

 

So a busy term ahead, but a heads up we have already booked our concert show date in March!!! Wednesday 20th March at The Lights -eeeek!!

See you soon!!!

A year on…

Myself (T) and Lillie are nearly coming to the end of our first school year of running The Long Overdue Theatre School – alongside our long standing company Stories and More.

So, what have we learnt – we never knew how to be busy until we ran two companies, had a family and try to maintain some kind of social life haha! But in all seriousness, I have loved it, yes at times I wanted to pull my hair out from the sheer panic of getting the show ready or making sure I had responded to emails/text but it has put me in good stead to moving forward.

I know what works now and what doesn’t, how best to communicate with our parents at the school, how to make sure the children get the most out of their classes and how not to put too much stress on both myself and the children.

After the shows I could not have been prouder, the work leading up to that moment had been hard, the children worked hard as did the staff, but they absolutely pulled it out of the bag and you could tell they were enjoying themselves, both on and back stage, so much and it made all that effort completely worthwhile.

Would I do the same again? Yes and no, yes I would like to do more full scale performances, mixed in with slightly smaller ones, but I would change a lot of the way that we did things. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get things perfect, I felt we had something to prove, so we didn’t ask for help – when maybe we should have.

I think my thoughts on the Theatre School is that I want to make it a family, we support each other, we encourage each other and above all I just want the children to love it. I don’t want that pressure of making them feel like they have to be the best, I want them to try their best and just enjoy doing it – because if it becomes too much, then what’s the point?

If every child smiles when they come in, if they are kind to each other, if they make friends, if they have fun performing and leave smiling, then I am doing what I set out to do.

So if you are new, welcome to the family, if you are ‘old’ then look at the family we have – it’s pretty special.

Here’s to many more years!

Dates for your Diary

20th June – Andover Dance Festival
This is for the Main School students who have let me know
15th July – Andover Carnival Main Stage
All Main School Students – details will be emailed.
Monday 16th July
End of term showing for the Shorties class