"Northern Prep Squad are constantly following the Government guidelines with multiple procedures in place.
In order to keep our Squad as safe as we can, we will be holding all of our upcoming live events until August 2021 at Sheffield's Excel dance. For more information about our Covid-19 procedures please get in contact via email."
Pandemic? Stop us? .... don't make us laugh!
During this time where we haven't been able to open in person, we have opened our doors in other ways. From virtual masterclasses to challenges, wellness workshops and raising money for charity as well as a few opportunities to open our doors safely following government guidelines.
Being in isolation hasn't stopped some of our Squad from getting involved and collaborating with some fantastic professionals. One of those was Luke Bayer who held our first ever masterclass back in March 2019 after starring in the original West End cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie.
He decided to collaborate with us by singing the song 'Out of the darkness' which is the finale in the show. 34 Squad members joined in with the project which you can watch on youtube here ...
Owning 2021 - Free Wellness workshop
Lets face it, the year hasn’t gotten off to the most idyllic start has it? Well no fret, our SQUAD worked with the wonderful Victoria Niamh Spence to help us on our way to ‘Owning 2021’.
Vicky first joined us back in the first Lockdown as part of our Wellness Workshops. We absolutely adored her ethos and approach to living your best life whilst being your self no matter what life may try and throw at you.
In this hour workshop we joined Vicky and the Squad through zoom to relax, reflect and reimagine the way we approach 2021. It was so insightful and helpful not only for our SQUAD but Jourdan & Jess too.
Thank you Vicky for a Wonderful Evening.
Raising money in support of AKT
We wanted this to be our first official PRIDE event, with West End masterclasses, Live performances on stage, competitions and much more all in support of LGBTQ+ charities. Unfortunately old Rona had something else planned, so this year we have decided to support the charity AKT by selling our signature wish bracelets from our website for £3 which raised £193 for this fabulous charity.
We hope to see you next year to celebrate with us in person. Till then .... HAPPY PRIDE!
October Intensive (Postponed Summer School)
Thankfully we managed to squeeze our postponed Summer School in just before the November National Lockdown. This years antics actually allowed us to run our course just how we had always wanted to, a week in the life of a drama school. Teaching them all about what to expect, how to improve their skills in the 3 disciplines as well as the all important audition prep. Joined by industry professionals Glenn Adamson, Jennifer Caldwell and Jordan Wing, Jourdan and Jess had a fabulous week with both the Junior and Senior groups.
For more about the week head to our blog by clicking on the image an head to our upcoming events for tickets and more info on this years Acting & Musical Theatre courses.
Over the lockdown we have had 20 West End masterclasses available to buy for just £3 consequently raising over £2000 for the professionals at this time. Each class was around an hour in length with all show masterclasses include material from that show with a performer who starred in it, just like all of our usual events. Monies raised in this programme were generated in order to boost the professionals income at this time.
Thank you to everyone who participated since March and we hope to see you in person very very soon!
4 Day August Intensive
We were dying to get back in the studio after being cooped up for 5 months and so were our Squad. As our Summer School was postponed till October, we decided to put on a 4 day intensive at Excel in Sheffield. We explored all things acting, acting through song, self tapes and dance as well as a day at home to complete a self tape challenge and West End Singing Masterclass.
To read all about our 4 day intensive click the image.
This was a mini insight into what we get up to at our Summer Intensive so why not join us this August 2021 in Doncaster for a week of classes, industry knowledge, West End Masterclasses and lots of laughter.
We understood that this was/is a worrying time for your young performers and that some may be dipping in spirits. This is why we put together a 2 week programme designed to encourage wellness, spread positivity and develop skills in which young performers can take with them into this fantastic yet sometimes turbulent industry. Each professional in the programme had a background in the performing arts as well as a very positive online presence which we think is so important for young people to look up too.
Take a look at our blog by clicking on the image.
We know how hard it is has been for independent performing arts schools at this time and how hard they were working to produce material for their students as well as ensuring that they retain numbers for when this is all over. This is why we decided to create bundle packages of our pre-recorded West End Masterclasses for smaller schools to buy and distribute to their Students at this time. These West End masterclasses were all pre-recorded with show professionals. The West End isn't just for the large franchises and we have loved that not only Northern Schools (American/Caribbean Schools) but those more a field could have a taste of the West End at this time.
If you or your school would be interested in holding a West End Masterclass or Audition Prep workshop click the image to find out how we can help facilitate that.