Announcing our January 2018 term production of Fame Jr

Fame Jr


Following the international acclaim of the hit motion picture, television series and stage show, Fame JR. is nothing short of a global phenomenon.  Fame JR. features a high-energy, contemporary pop score (which includes the hit title song) and a touching coming-of-age story.

Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts in the early 1980s, Fame JR. is the bittersweet, but ultimately inspiring, story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today.

Please find information for this term below:

Classes start on Saturday 6th January at King Edwards, 2pm to 5pm for everyone this term with an extra hour for some principals until 6pm.

Auditions for main parts will be on 20th January.

All cast will perform at the Merlin Theatre on the 6th and 7th of July.

During rehearsals, we will work in three groups (juniors, Intermediates and seniors). We aim to double cast the lead roles to allow both Senior and Intermediate students the opportunity of having a lead role in the production.

Official scripts for the production will be available for purchase from rehearsals after the audition process. They will be £8.50 per book.





Why Musical Theatre?

Musicals are fun! They also provide many valuable development opportunities.

In a musical every role is important, the backstage helpers, members of the chorus and main parts. Everyone has to pull together or the show does not work.
A musical includes all of the arts in one project. Music and Dance introduce performing arts. Design through the creation of sets costumes and props. Rehearsing and performing dialogue develops language skills. Integrating sound and lighting explores the use of technology.
Musical theatres prime focus is the tuition of singing, dancing and acting but the secondary benefits are probably more important building skills for life……..

• Oral Communication Skills
Many students find that theatre helps them develop the confidence that’s essential to speaking clearly, lucidly, and thoughtfully.

• More than “get it done”
Theatre students learn that just “getting it done” isn’t enough. Not at all. You learn to take pride in doing things at your very best level.

• Motivation and Commitment

Being involved in theatre productions and classes demands commitment and motivation.

• Willingness to Work Cooperatively
Your work in theatre companies teaches you how to work effectively with different types of people–often very different types!

• The Ability to Work Independently
In theatre, you’re often assigned tasks that you must complete without supervision. It’s left up to you to figure out how best to achieve the goal.

• Time-budgeting Skills
When you’re a student, being involved in theatre forces you to learn how to budget your time. Good time management skills are enormously important.

• Initiative
We learn how to take initiative, to move a project from initial concept to finality–and to do it well.

• Promptness and Respect for Deadlines
Lateness is never acceptable in theatre because it shows a lack of self-discipline, and more importantly, a lack of consideration for others.

• Acceptance of Rules
In theatre you work within the structure of a set of procedures and rules that deal with everything from safety to behaviour at auditions and rehearsals.

• The Ability to Learn Quickly–AND Correctly
Theatre students, whether they’re memorizing lines or learning the technical aspects of a production, must have the ability to absorb a vast quantity of material quickly–and accurately.

• Respect for Colleagues
In theatre you discover that a successful production requires contributions from everybody who’s involved.

• Respect for Authority
Only one person can be in charge of any given portion of a production.

• Adaptability and Flexibility
Theatre students must be adaptable and flexible.

• The Ability to Work Under Pressure
There’s pressure–often, as you know well, a lot of pressure.

• A Healthy Self-Image
To work in theatre, you must know who you are and how to project your individuality.

• Self-Discipline
Theatre demands that you learn how to control your life.

• A Goal-Oriented Approach to Work
Many aspects of theatre involve setting and achieving specific goals.

• Concentration
Acting classes in particular stress concentration, and once you have learned that skill as an actor, it can be transferred to other activities.

• Dedication
As you work in theatre you learn to dedicate your very being–to doing your best to create a successful production.

• Self-Confidence
Theatre training teaches you confidence in yourself. Your accomplishments in theatre show you that you can handle a variety of jobs, pressures, difficulties and responsibilities. You develop a “Yes, I can!” attitude.

• Enjoyment — “This is Fun!”
Extracted from

25 Special Advantages the Theatre Major Has – (and may not even know!)
By Dr. Louis E. Catron

Read the full article here

On Broadway

Book now for your place in our next production. The show will glitter with musical theatre numbers from Broadway throughout the decades.  The final list of music is being decided from a long list of suggestions from our Students and their families. Come along and learn the dances and songs to your favourite songs and present them in a professional venue for all to see. What could be better than a dazzling world of song, drama and dance?

Our Concert shows are a great opportunity for you to take part in a group dance, act in short scenes, sing a duet with your friend or even stretch yourself to sing a solo. Lessons this term focus on building on your strengths but also helping you to develop your skills as a well-rounded performer.  Term starts on the 9th of September at King Edward VII School 2-5pm

Contact us now before its too late.

Summer School 2018 dates announced. 30th July to 3rd August

Summer School 2017 was an amazing week. Dates for 2018 are now confirmed.

We will hold a week-long Summer School from Monday 30th July to Friday 4th August.

This year the whole week will be at the newly refurbished Merlin Theatre.

We will be producing a shortened version of an epic musical, details will be announced in the new year.

Get the dates in your diary now and call Mike to reserve a place. Maximum of 30 places available.


September Term

This is a ten week term during which we work towards a concert show with a musicals theme which is performed early in December in a professional theatre.

This years concert will celebrate Reach’s tenth year with pieces from many of our past shows. The programme is nearly finalised.

Classes start back on Saturday 10th September at King Edwards School at 2pm until 5pm. We offer a free taster session for new students.

Fees for the ten week term are £150
These are payable in three instalments of £50, Instalments are payable on the first day of term, a further payment on the 1st October and a final payment on the 1st November. Alternatively a discounted fee of £135 can be paid on the first day of term.

We have three classes, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. We currently have a few spaces in all three groups.

Should you wish to reserve a place please go here.

Feel free to ring, or contact us, for more information.

Performance at Disney Paris

We are pleased to announce that, we have been able to secure the opportunity to perform at Disney Land Paris! The team at Disney were really impressed with the level of talent, energy and enthusiasm of our Reach performers and had no hesitation in offering us a performance and have offered us a date on Saturday 1st October. We can now confirm that we are travelling to Paris on Friday the 30th of September 2016 and that we will depart from Paris on Sunday the 2nd of October 2016. (Arriving back in the early hours of Monday morning).

This is going to be a fantastic weekend. We will start rehearsals on Saturday 10th September in normal classes, with performers staying behind 5 till 6 for extra Disney coaching. We are putting the finishing touches to the programme which will include two numbers from last Decembers show, two numbers from Annie and two or possibly three new numbers.

This event is sold out.