News Archive 2013

IDTA Dance Exams

Just before Christmas we had one of our biggest dance exam sessions of the year with 142 exams being taken. These included everything from Grade 1 Ballet to Gold Bar Freestyle and our first ever cheerleading exams. All results were fantastic as usual with the majority of students receiving Honours / Distinction and the remaining Highly Commended / Merit.

Peter Pan - Whitley Bay Playhouse

While everyone else was having a nice Christmas break 27 children from Tyne Theatre Stage School were playing the Lost Boys in Blue Genie's production of Peter Pan at the Whitley Bay Playhouse. We had three teams performing up to three shows a day alongside ex Neighbours star Mark Little and Cbeebies Sarah Jayne Honeywell. It was brilliant to do such a long run and really feel like part of the company, all children involved loved every minute of it and were constantly asking if they could "do it again next year", but we will just have to wait a see. There are already a lot of things planned for 2014, we hope it will be a busy and very happy new year.

IDTA Theatre Dance Awards

TTSS had a fun filled weekend in Manchester at the Theatre Dance Awards. Not only was Keri Lewis nominated to dance in both Performers Theatre Craft and Performers Modern, after receiving very hig grades in both her intermediate exams, but we also took the Senior TTSP class along to watch. Keri performed brilliantly in both classes, despite having a stress fracture on her ankle (which she only found out about the day after competition), It was also a great experience for the girls watching as they got to see some of the most talented children and young people in the country perform. The event was held over two days at the Royal College of Music, and only 300 children out of around 9,000, taking exams, are asked to perform.

We have already had four nominations for next year, with Laoise Sweeney, Brooke Bousfield, Alys Pigott and Amy Fouweather being referred for Grade 4 Theatre Craft, Looking forward to the road trip already :)


NYAS Fashion Show

On Monday 12th August we were hounoured to take part in a charity catwalk for the National Youth Advocacy service, showing our support for young people everywhere, regardless of their backgrounds. TTSS pupils opened the show with their commercial routine New York City Beat, before each taking a turn to walk the red carpet to a musical number of their choice. Also walking the red carpet were the Police Crime Comissioner, the Mayor of Newcastle and numerous other dignitaries. It was a great event and all involved had a really fun filled evening.

Summer Promotional Events

On Saturday 17th and Saturday 24 August, TTSS took around 80 children to Eldon Square and the Metrocentre to perform routines from our Gala Show and prepare for the new term in September. Pupils were on top form and drew large crowds on both days with their lively and energetic performances. We were very proud of not only your hard work and professionalism but also the great team spirit shown by everyone involved. Thanks also to our parents who helped with chaperoning and quick changes on the day, you were absolute stars :)

Bupa Great North Run

Thank you to all our cheerleaders, who stood out in the rain, on Saturday 14th September and showed their support for the Great North Run. Once again we represented Great Ormand Street, cheering on their runners as well as a few TTSS parents. Apparently we cheered louder this year than ever before.
Congratulations also goes to many of our students who took part in the Junior Great North Run the previous day. We were all very impressed with both your times and commitment to helping multiple great causes.

Sleeping Beauty Auditions

On Sunday 14th July, over one hundred children lined up at the Sage, Byker to audition for the Tyne Theatre's annual pantomime. Out of all the children present TTSS were lucky enough to have 5 children make it into the production, with another 6 also making it to the final round. We look forward to seeing Sophia Lucarelli, Aimee Cattell, Maia Wilkinson, Ruby Taylor and Eloise Knowles performing in December. Well done girls!

Strawberry Tea

On Saturday 6th July, TTSS parents June Scott and Sandra Earl organised a 'Strawberry Tea' to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Students brought in some spectacular homemade cakes on the day, which were all sold for donations. We raised and amazing £250.00, the sun was glorious and we all had tasty treats to eat, a great day all round.

The Town That Danced Again

On 12th June, three students from TTSS auditioned for a new Ashley Banjo TV program to be broadcast on Sky 1 in the New Year. All were successful and we are looking forward to seeing them on our screens soon. Congratulations Rebecca, Charlotte and Abbi 


Carwash Reunion

In 2004 we performed a routine to carwash with 16 girls aged 10-12, but 9 years on we decided to get the original team back together in order to perform at principal Michaela Farren's birthday party. Much to Michaela's surprise we'd sneaked in a few rehearsals and the girls danced with all the enthusiasm and energy they had 9 years ago (dungarees and all). Please see our show tab for then and now pictures.


BCA Cheerleading 2013

On Sunday 12th May, we once again took the short walk to the Metro Radio Arena to take part in the BCA's North East Classic. The event was bigger and better than ever with more teams and tougher competition. However, TTSS not only proved how well we do at cheerleading, we excelled ourselves coming home with our best results and scores ever. Our teams placed as follows.

Mini - 1st Place
Youth - runner up
Junior - 1st place
Senior - 1st place (highest pom score of the whole competition).
We were overwhelmed with your efforts and support and this just shows in your fantastic results.
Congratulations *\o/*

Jekyll and Hyde

Congratulations to TTSS Singing teacher Liam Gilbert who has just played the lead role in Jekyll and Hyde at Newcastle Theatre Royal. Liam's performance was exceptional, he even managed to do a duet with himself (honestly). Also joining him onstage were TTSS pupils and staff Lewis Kennedy, Laura Rea and David Rawlings. All did brilliantly, well done on such a great show :)


Fancy Dress Day

In what is now becoming a TTSS tradition, on Saturday 17th November, pupils came to class in their best fancy dress costumes to help raise money for Children in Need. Both students, staff, and some parents showed their creativity by coming dressed as everything from Minnie Mouse to Billy Elliott, all to help raise money for a fantastic cause.


Parkinsons Awareness Week

On Sunday 21st April TTSS pupils, helped to support Parkinson's Awareness week by performing as part of a flashmob at the Metrocentre. It was not only fantastic to support such a brilliant charity but also special as students got to dance with many Parkinson's sufferers and their families. An emotional yet special day for all involved.