Welcome to Theatretrain Chester Friday
THE FORUM STUDIO THEATRE
(formerly The Gateway Theatre)
HAMILTON PLACE, CHESTER
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!
TT Main School (6-18yrs)
Fridays 4.30pm – 7.30pm
We have 3 age groups, 6-9, 9-12 and 13-18
Each group gets 1 hour of Dance, Drama & Singing
Fees 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 Saturday morning. Click HERE for details
Our choir is for children from Chester, Wrexham, Mold and the surrounding areas. Visit the website HERE or watch us in action HERE
Visit our Summerschool website HERE for details of our summer holiday activities.
SPRING TERM 2020
10th January – 3rd April 2020
SUMMER TERM 2020
17th April – 17th July 2020
Our Summer Production at The Forum Studio Theatre
Friday 10th July 2020
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
THE FORUM STUDIO THEATRE
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 Chester and surrounding areas.
No auditions are necessary as we teach them everything they need to know!
Our team have a wealth of experience both as teachers and performers. They all hold a current DBS certificate and many are chaperones within the entertainment industry.
Steve Davies - Centre Director
Steve took over Chester Saturday Theatretrain in April 2005 and over the next four years successfully opened the schools in Wrexham, Mold and in January 2008, the second Chester School on Fridays.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.
Rob Stevens - Dance Teacher
Rob trained in Theatre and Dance in Salford University and after graduating went on to tour the country in performances of The Golden Adventures of Sinbad and Sleeping Beauty. After this he moved to Paris and joined the Entertainment Cast at Disneyland Paris performing in the daily shows and parades. After two summer seasons at Disney, Rob returned to the UK and started working as a freelance Choreographer & Director for various companies in the North West – productions includes Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Guys & Dolls, Seussical, 42nd Street, Bouncers, Shakers, Avenue Q and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few. He has also performed in various plays and musicals and roles have included Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Bobby in Company, Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl, Don Lockwood in Singin in the Rain and Al in A Chorus Line. In Pantoland Rob has performed & directed various pantomimes over the years and panto credits include Nurse Nelly in Snow White at the Thameside Theatre Grays and Broadway Theatre Barking, Nurse Katy Coughdrop in Sleeping Beauty in Leeds and Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk in Chesterfield. He has performed onboard the MV Bretagne for Brittany Ferries in Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty & Aladdin. For the past three years he has worked for KD Productions at the Grange Theatre in Northwich appearing as the dame in Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, Dick Whittington and is returning there this year to appear in Aladdin. Rob teaches all three disciplines of dance, drama and music for Theatretrain and for various other groups in the area. He is also the Artistic Director for a youth theatre and also runs his own dance school, all of which keep him busy!
Kate Salmon - Acting Teacher
Kate is a professional actress who studied an MA in Music Theatre at the prestigious Central School of Speech Drama, London following a degree in Drama at Bretton Hall Drama School and a Degree in Music and Sociology from the University of Liverpool. After graduating with a Masters distinction Kate made her professional Musical Theatre debut in the UK No1 tour of ‘Girls Night’. She is also regular Pantomime professional/Director for Anton Benson Productions and was recently seen playing the role of Belle in the UK tour of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Other credits include Prince Charming in Cinderella, Mrs Durbeyfield in the musical revival workshop of Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Gudrin in the UK premiere of Sigrun’s Firewritten by Stephen Clark (Zorro, Martin Guerre and Love Story), BBCs Doctors and Principal Vocalist in Live at the London Palladium (London Palladium). As well as being a trained singer, actress and dancer, Kate also holds a PGCE in further education and has taught for Theatretrain for many years teaching all three disciplines.
Leslie Churchill Ward - Singing Teacher
Leslie graduated with an honours degree in Acting from the Ohio University School of Theatre and worked as an award-winning actor in the States. Now living in the UK, she continues to share her love of the performing arts as a theatre arts teacher, musical director, and as Artistic Coordinator for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. She loves working with children and strongly believes in the ethos of Theatretrain. Leslie directs the Theatretrain Regional Choir and has taught at the Mold centre since it opened. She has also prepared Theatretrain's first ever 'Joseph Choirs' for the touring Kenwright production of Joseph. Leslie is the Artistic Director and founder of Musical Meatballs in Mind, a performance group for adults whose lives have been affected by mental health issues. In 2015 The Meatballs had the honour to perform for (and chat with!) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In 2010 Leslie founded Acquire, a mixed-voice community choir. As well as many local performances, Acquire has performed with Brit Award winning trio BLAKE and developed a strong relationship with Mike Peters / The Alarm. Acquire has performed and recorded with Mike on several occasions, and in 2015 they joined Mike, The Alarm, and the Wales Pops Orchestra in a concert filmed live at the Wales Millennium Centre. The DVD (Poppies Falling from The Sky) will soon be available worldwide.
Keep in touch with us using our social media pages. Our other websites have further details about our SUMMERSCHOOLS and our REGIONAL CHOIR