News Archive 2012


Massive Congratulations to TTSS pupils Maia Wilkinson, Nathan Jones and Shania Gleghorn who successfully auditioned for ensemble roles in the first national tour of Oliver! Were not only very proud of all their hard work but also very excited to see them perform at Newcastle's Theatre Royal from September to November

IDTA Silver Anniversary Showcase

On 8th January we kicked off 2012 by performing two routines at the IDTA's silver anniversary showcase. This event took place at the Sunderland Empire a beautiful venue, which many of the students involved had not performed at before. A combination of our Junior and Senior cheer squads presented a new and exciting routine including spelling out IDTA at the beginning, this seemed to go down well with an audience that included members of the IDTA comittee and faculty. In act two our senior modern class performed Fields of Gold, one of the stand out numbers form our 2011 Gala show. They looked beautiful as always. The showcase featured numerous IDTA schools from throughout the region and we were delighted to take part. Well done to everyone involved.


Through The Looking Glass (UK Premiere)

Just before Easter Tyne Theatre Stage were proud to present the UK premiere of Through the Looking Glass. It was fantastic to be the first school in the UK to perform this show, and only the second school worldwide. We had 76 children taking part, playing exciting characters including Humpty Dumpty, The Red Queen, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. Staging a full production was extremely beneficial to all children involved as they not only had a great time but also made new friends whilst honing their performance skills. The show was a great success playing two sell out shows at the People’s Theatre Heaton. 


BCA Cheerleading

Tyne Theatre Stage School attended the BCA North East Classic for our 3rd consecutive year in May and once again had an amazing time. Two years ago we entered one team of 16 girls and since then our cheer classes have become so popular that we took 5 teams and a total of 70 children on the short walk down to Metro Radio Arena. Squads were competing from throughout the UK and the standard as always was very high, but once again TTSS came out with some amazing results

Senior Pom Dance (Small) - 3rd Place

Junior Pom Dance (Large) - 2nd Place

Youth Pom Dance (Large) - 2nd Place

Youth Pom Dance (Small) - 2nd Place

Mini Pom Dance - 3rd Place

We are proud of you, say we are proud of you. Lets Go TTSS!


Musical Theatre Workshops (IDTA Tyneside)

Last weekend children took part in two musical theatre workshops led by IDTA Examiner Elizabeth Kendrick. Stage 1 and 2 students (Maia Wilkinson, Andrew Ewart, Sophia Lucarelli, Olivia Lucarelli, Anna Gallon and Alice Fletcher) worked on a number from Oliver, whilst stage 3 and 4 students (Emily Armstrong, Charlotte Forster, Olivia Shaftoe, Beth Clarke, Katie Roberts and Kassandra Barker) performed the opening number from Footloose. Both groups did extremely well on the day, showing great enthusiasm and letting everybody know just how talented at Musical Theatre TTSS kids are.


Trinity Singing Exams

In June, 17 pupils were involved in our first ever singing exam session. As with dance and drama exams children took part in six coaching lesson before taking exams on Saturday 2nd June. Children performed a combination of classical, jazz and musical theatre numbers, with all showing excellent skills in both their vocal and performance skills. Needless to say results were fantastic with 15 children receiving distinctions and 3 receiving merits. Top marks of the day went to Hannah Elliot for Foundation Certificate (89%) and the Bronze Choral Group (89%).  Massive well done to our singing teacher Liam and all pupils involved.



Festival 4 Stars - Durham Heat

On the 27th May, we took around 60 students to Peterlee Lesuire Centre to compete in UK Festival 4 Stars. It was a very busy day with students taking part in many different categories from Group Musical Theatre to Solo Dance. We were very lucky to have at least one winner in every category we entered Congratulations to all who took part you performed fantastically and behaved with a professional and great team attitude. Winners on the day included;

Group Musical Theatre – Revolting Children and Claws That Catch

Group Dance Senior – End of Time,

Group Dance Junior – TTSS Allstars

Solo Singing (14yrs and under) Beth Clarke and Jessica Dixon

Solo Musical Theatre (14yrs and under) Lewis Kennedy and Faith Hodgson

Solo Musical Theatre (15yrs and under) Laoise Sweeney and Josh Elliott

Solo Dance (12yrs and under) – Hannah Elliott

Also massive thanks to Eleanor Monaghan, Victoria Monaghan, Eloise Knowles, Maia Wilkinson and Katie Roberts, who also performed solos on the day. I would have put you all through if I could!



New Arrival

We would like to send a massive congratulations to Tyne Theatre Stage School principal Michaela Farren and family on the birth of her beautiful daughter Isla. She was born at 18.09 on the 27th May weighing 7lbs and 14oz. We all look forward to meeting her, who knows maybe she'll be a TTSS star for the future. Only 3 years till she can join our prep class ;)


Eater Party and Medal Presentation

We held our Easter Party and Medal Presentation at the Lancastrian Suite, Dunston on Good Friday. It was a fantastic night for everyone involved with party games, teacher dance offs and a lot of Steps music. This was an opportunity for us to hand out a lot of awards from IDTA dance exams taken in October, December and February. We also handed out our termly achievement awards for each subject. Special congratulations goes to our best all rounder for this term - Emily Armstrong. The party was also a chance for us to let our hair down and celebrate the massive success of Through the Looking Glass.

IDTA Exams

In February 2012, TTSS pupils took a number of IDTA dance exams.  Results as always were fantastic with the majority of pupils receiving Honours or Highly Commended. A special mention should go to Kate Forster who received 95% for her Gold Disco exam.

Help the Heroes

We will be taking part in a Family Fun Day for Newcastle Building Society and Help the Heroes on Sunday 15th July. We will be performing some routines from Festival 4 Stars alongside teaching classes to children attending the event. Please feel free to come along and show your support for such a wonderful cause. Tickets £3.50 including barbecue.

Givenchy Electric Rose - Perfume Launch

After successfully helping with the launch of Givenchy's Rock Coture perfume in 2011, we were again asked to assist Boots of Eldon Square by performing for staff and shoppers. This time senior pupils Keri Lewis and Rebecca Edwards danced alongside assistant teacher Sherrie McKale, performing a contemporary jazz routine to Liv Tyler’s song released to co-inside with launch of Electric Rose. The people at Givenchy were so pleased with their hard work that each girl received a goody bag on the day. Well done girls, keep up the good work.

Festival 4 Stars - Regional Final

Once again we were delighted to make it to the regional final of UK Festival 4 Stars for the 3rd consecutive year. We had 39 pupils with us on the day all of which had won they're respective heats in Peterlee.

TTSS pupils performing on the day were

Group Musical Theatre - Claws That Catch and Revolting Children

Solo Singing (14yrs and under) - Beth Clarke and Jessica Dixon

Solo Musical Theatre (15yrs to adult) - Laoise Sweeney and Josh Elliott

Solo Musical Theatre (14yrs and Under) - Lewis Kennedy and Faith Hodgson

Solo Dance (12yrs and under) - Hannah Elliott

Group Dance (12yrs and under) - TTSS Allstars

Group Dance (13yrs and over) - End of Time

We were extremely lucky to win 4 categories and will now go on to perform at the National Finals in Prestatyn and Runcorn. Congratulations to TTSS Allstars, (Junior Dance Champions) End of Time, (Senior Dance Champions) Laoise Sweeney (Winner – Senior Musical Theatre Soloist) and Lewis Kennedy (Winner – Junior Musical Theatre Soloist).

IDTA and LAMDA Exams

Pupils have been preparing for LAMDA and IDTA exams over the past six weeks.

LAMDA exams will take place on Saturday 21st July with pupils taking Acting exams from Entry Level to Grade 8.

IDTA Exams will take place on Monday 23rd July, covering everything from Ballet to Disco, Grades Primary to Intermediate.

Good Luck to everyone involved!

IDTA Teacher's Congress - Showcase

On June 30th , pupils from our Junior and Senior cheer teams traveled to Southport to perform at the IDTA Dance Teachers Congress.  TTSS was one of only 10 schools chosen out of the whole country to take part, performing to a special audience of Examiners, Dance Teachers and even Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman. We had a fantastic weekend traveling down by coach and taking part in Caroline’s famous quiz. We even ended up putting on an impromptu performance at a couple’s wedding in the hotel on the Saturday evening; they seemed to enjoy it and commented “it was like having Britain’s Got Talent at their wedding”. The final showcase was fantastic and it was a privilege to perform at such a beautiful theatre with so many friendly and talented dancers. Thank you to the IDTA for given a pupils such a wonderful experience.

Goodbye and Goodluck

Senior pupil Keri Lewis has just been offered a full 3 year scholarship to attend Bodyworks Dance Company from September. Keri has been an excellent pupil and assistant teacher for the past 10 years and is a prime example of how hard work and dedication really pay off.  Keri also received places at Stella Mann, Performers College and LIPA alongside an array of university offers. We hope this is the start of a bright and promising dance career. Congratulations from everyone at TTSS.

National Youth Musical Theatre

TTSS student Laoise Sweeney was selected from thousands of children to take part in the National Youth Musical Theatre’s showcase gala at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Laoise will spend two weeks training in the summer holidays taking part in classes with Jason Robert Brown, composer of Broadway Musicals including 13 and Songs from a New World. Well done Laoise!

Sunderland Stage Experience

Tyne Theatre Stage School pupils Kassandra Barker and Lewis Kennedy who both successfully auditioned for parts in Fame to be performed at the Sunderland Empire this summer. Both pupils will perform as part of the Sunderland Stage Experience, which has been attended by numerous TTSS pupils of the past 4 or 5 years. Congratulations to both of you.

English Youth Ballet - Swan Lake

Eleanor Monaghan spent her Easter holidays performing with the English Youth Ballet in their production of Swan Lake at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre. Eleanor did fantastically performing with girls in higher grades yet still meeting every challenge that was given to her. Eleanor was also picked to play the part of one of the Spanish girls, meaning her abilities were highlighted even further. Well done Eleanor, were all very proud of you.

Agency Success

It has been yet another great year for our Theatrical Agency with pupils being involved in numerous Theatre, TV and Film Productions. Please note all agency subscriptions will require renewal on Saturday 1st September – new forms will also be required at that point.

Annie (Newcastle Musical Theatre Society) - Close to 150 children turned up to audition for a new production of Annie to be performed at Newcastle Theatre Royal in September. Six girls were selected from TTSS including Victoria Monaghan who will play the title role of Annie. Congratulations also go to Eleanor Monaghan (Duffy), Hannah Elliott (July), Eloise Knowles (Molly), Anna Gallon and Sarah Reay. We’re looking forward to watching all of you strut your stuff.

The Dumping Ground (CBBC) – Four girls from TTSS auditioned for the part of Floss in new CBBC series The Dumping Ground, a spin-off of Tracy Beaker. Brooke Armstrong, Vienna Tennant Hodgson, Ella Purvis and Morgan Armstrong attended auditions at the BBC studios, Barrack Road at the end of May. Auditions are still ongoing so hopefully we’ll have further good news to bring you soon. Fingers crossed.

Philip Scott has also been asked to take part in new series The Dumping Ground, continuing in his role as Harry. Series 3 of Tracy Beaker Returns can still be seen on CBBC and BBC iplayer.

Hugglebuddies Advert (Pitch TV) – Charlotte Hutchinson, Chloe Hutchinson and Vienna Tennant Hodgson all spent a day filming for a new advert to be shown on Pitch TV. The girls filmed numerous scenes on location in Jesmond and had a fun day all round.

Peter Pan (Ponteland Operatics Society) Children are due to take part in auditions next Sunday for Ponteland Operatics production of Peter Pan. Students are auditioning for the roles of Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys. Good Luck to everyone involved.

Art of Auditioning Masterclass – On Friday 13th July, students took part in a masterclass with one of the UK’s leading casting directors Jo Hawes. Miss Hawes casts for musicals including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver!, The Lion King and Shrek the Musical. This is a fabulous opportunity for children to learn from people working with children within the industry,

Oliver! – On Saturday 14th July TTSS agency members will be auditioning for Oliver! To be performed at the Theatre Royal Newcastle from September – November. Good luck to everyone auditioning.