Theatretrain Chester

Welcome to Theatretrain Chester

QUEENS PARK HIGH SCHOOL
QUEENS PARK ROAD
CHESTER
CH4 7AE
07809 871600
chester@theatretrain.co.uk

About Us

Drama Classes, Dance Classes and Singing Classes in Chester.
Classes run Saturdays during school term time

Come and join us at Theatretrain Chester for  dance, drama and singing classes for 6-18 year olds. Whether you’re a West End wannabe or a shy wallflower looking to make friends and gain confidence this is the place for you. Our ethos is as a ‘performance company’ and ALL students take part in ALL productions whatever their level of ability. We believe this not only gives our students skills and confidence in performance but also respect and appreciation for each other AND the responsibility of working for the team not just themselves.
So come along…we’d love to have you on board!

Our Classes

TT Main School (6-18yrs)

Saturdays 10am-1pm

We have 3 age groups, 6-9, 9-12 and 13-18

Each group gets 1 hour of Dance, Drama & Singing
Sessions are payable per term and equate to £18.00 for 3 hours
We create amazing opportunities for our theatre school students to perform on stage in local, regional and world famous West End venues.
All students have the chance to perform every year.

We also have a school on a Friday evening. Click HERE for details

TT Minis (4-5yrs)

Saturdays 10.30am-12pm

An introduction to dancing, acting and singing

£9 per week (payable per term)

Click HERE to download the Tinies and Minis Registration Form

TT Tinies (3yrs)

Saturdays 10am-10.30am

Our FREE introductory class for 3 year olds

Regional Choir

Our choir is for children from Chester, Mold, Wrexham and the surrounding areas.

Visit the website HERE or watch us in action HERE

Summerschool

Visit our Summerschool website HERE for details of our summer holiday activities

Upcoming Events

AUTUMN TERM

7th September – 7th December

NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL THEATRETRAIN @CHRISTMAS

Production by the age 13-18 groups in all four local schools
The Forum Studio Theatre, Chester
9th and 10th December 2019

Our Approach

For over two decades we’ve championed an exhilarating approach to theatre school education
in the theatrical arts for young people aged 6-18.

We teach our children how to Dance, Act and Sing in performing arts classes at
QUEENS PARK HIGH SCHOOL.

Our Stage school brings out the best in students, builds confidence, and gives aspiring young actors opportunities of a lifetime via our large scale London shows and our smaller local shows each year.

We accept students from areas around Chester and surrounding areas.
No auditions are necessary as we teach them everything they need to know!

Our Team

Our team have a wealth of experience both as teachers and performers. They all hold a current DBS certificate and many are licensed chaperones within the entertainment industry.

Steve Davies - Centre Director

Steve took over Chester Theatretrain in April 2005 and over the next four years successfully opened the schools in Wrexham, a second Chester School on Fridays and then the Mold School.Steve's role is to oversee the artistic and teaching standards within the schools. He also regularly leads classes if teachers are off for any reason and also creates all of our productions by bringing together the various aspects of the show at the final stages of rehearsal.As well as leading workshops in primary schools in the area Steve also regularly acts and directs. Having been a member of Tip Top Productions since the company's inception he also has the responsibility of being the group's Artistic Director.As a professional actor he has worked with LHK Productions on pantomimes at The Stiwt in Rhos near Wrexham, having directed and worked alongside names such as Rugby and Celebrity Big Brother star, Gareth Thomas, Nikki Graham and Sonia. Most recent directing projects were ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Grease’ at Theatr Clwyd for Tip Top Productions. He continues to produce and direct the annual pantomime at The Forum Studio Theatre each Christmas.


Leah Tyson - Dance Teacher

Leah has been dancing since the age of 2 and later on took exams in ballet, modern and tap.  She went on to train at Cartrefle College in performing arts and then onto Dance City in Newcastle. After her training, Leah danced professionally abroad for many years before coming back to her home town where she is now the General Manager of Simply Gym, Wrexham and the Dance Teacher for Theatretrain, Chester. Leah has been fortunate enough to perform at the O2 Arena with her son Sam who also attends Theatretrain. Leah has performed for many years with Tip Top Productions in shows such as; Beauty and the Beast, La Cage Aux Folles, Oliver! and assisted more recently with Avenue Q. Leah has also choreographed numerous Pantomimes for Grove Park Theatre.


Joshua Edwards - Acting Teacher

Joshua has been performing since a young age, taking regular classes from the age of 8. He is currently in his second year studying BA Musical Theatre Performance at The Hammond School in Chester. His credits whilst training include roles in West Side Story, Legally Blonde, Newsies and Pirates of Penzance. Whilst taking regular acting classes during his training, Joshua is also involved with projects outside of the Hammond, and is currently rehearsing to play the Baker in Into the Woods. Joshua has always had a passion for drama, text and direction. Most recently, Joshua has acted as assistant director for an assessment version of A Monster Calls. In 2016, Joshua was also part of the original cast of Kiss Me Quickstep at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme.


Carl Jones - Minis and Tinies Teacher

Carl been singing acting and dancing from the age of 9 and has taken several exams in ballet and tap. He recently completed the BTEC in Performing Arts at Coleg Cambria. In 2013 Carl was a member of the National Youth Choir for Wales where he performed at The Royal Albert Hall on the opening night of the proms. He has been a member of NEWdance youth company and has performed with them for the last 4 years. In 2015 he became a member of The National Youth Dance Company of Wales, performing in two venues in Wales and a residency performing in Sadlers Wells. As a volunteer, Carl supported the pupils at our Mold School with their appearance at The O2 in 2013 and has also taught at our after school club in Ysgol Bryn Coch.


Claire Dodd - Tinies and Minis Assistant

Claire has been involved in performing arts since the age of 13 when she performed in her first Pantomime, Cinderella, as part of the chorus. She has performed on stage with Tip Top Productions for many years in larger musicals such as Annie, My Fair Lady and Hello, Dolly! Since having her own children she has taken more of a back stage role for Theatretrain helping with costume changes and making sure the children are side of stage ready for their debuts. She has also acted as relief desk manager for the last 2 years covering all 4 schools when needed. Claire says that being a part of Theatretrain is a very exciting experience and she has been fortunate enough to be part of the team when they have taken challenging performances at the O2 Arena and The Royal Albert Hall with amazing end results; it is very rewarding to see everyone having fun.


Barbara Davies - Desk Manager

Barbara has been at the helm for both Chester Theatretrain Schools since January 2008 and she is always there to provide whatever support is needed for the children and to try and answer any questions thrown at her by parents and pupils alike.She has worked with children for many years, coaching young netball teams and as "Brown Owl" with Marchwiel Brownies for 15 years before getting heavily involved with the theatre.She has been  an active member with Tip Top Productions both on and off stage since the early 90's, performing in various musicals and pantos and assisting with sewing costumes too. She later became wardrobe manager, a role which took up most of her spare time for many years.Since being with Theatretrain her sewing machine has been dusted off many times when costumes have needed sewing for our local and national productions, her favourite being 70 nuns for the Blues Brothers Show in the Palace Theatre, Manchester. (A project supported by a few seamstress parents thankfully!!!)


Links

Keep in touch with us using our social media pages. Our other websites have further details about our SUMMERSCHOOLS and our REGIONAL CHOIR