MUSICALS IN THE PARK - THE ARCHES THEATRE
We were thrilled to be asked to perform in "Musicals in The Park" at The Arches Theatre this summer alongside a cast of adult West End performers! The Academy Kids performed 2 medleys - "School of Rock" and "Everybody's Talking About Jamie". True professionals onstage and off! Very well done to all involved!
WEST END DEBUTS FOR ELLA AND MAX
So very excited for and proud of our fabulous Upper Juniors Ella and Max who both make their West End debuts this month and even more magical that they get to share the experience! We couldn't be prouder of you both and can't wait to come and watch! The West End is open again and Academy Kid are back in town!
WELCOME BACK - BACK IN THE STUDIOS AGAIN!
Absolutely thrilled to get back into the studios from Monday 12th April! So wonderful to be back together again! We are so impressed with the commitment and dedication our students have shown working online! Here is to an incredible summer term with lots of shows and events to make up for all the lockdowns!
BACK TO THE STUDIOS FOR THE END OF TERM
So pleased to have made it back to the studios for the final 2 weeks of term! A lot of excitement to be back in the building and back together again! We'd like to wish all of our Academy Kids a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here is to a very happy 2021 full of lots of exciting events and shows again!
MUSICALS IN THE PARK - THE ARCHES THEATRE
We were so pleased to be invited to perform in "Musical in The Park" at The Arches Theatre for Scott Coldwell Productions and Ultimate Event Dancers. The Academy Kids performed "Ex Wives" from Six, "Cross the Line" from Big and a mega mix from "On Your Feet". Our first live performance in 6 months!
THE ACADEMY VIRTUAL SHOW
We finished off our Summer Term with an online Virtual Show! Academy Students spent the Summer Term learning songs and dance routines online and then filmed themselves at home to be edited together for a special online performance, a wonderful way to finish the term and have The Academy Kids performing again!
THE ACADEMY QUIZ NIGHT!
As the first of our "lockdown socials" we hosted a Quiz Night for The Academy Kids and their families, testing their knowledge on Musical Theatre, Academy history and how well they know their teachers! Congratulations to the Finestone Family who won the quiz by 1/2 a point to the Joseph family!
ACADEMY KIDS IN THE WEST END!
Our Lower and Upper Seniors were invited to perform in a West End Gala at The Shaftesbury Theatre in London!
We are so very proud of our Seniors for their performance! Well done all of you!
THE ACADEM CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
What a wonderful way to finish of the term. We presented our Christmas Showcase at The Cube Theatre with 2 performances for friends and family to see what we have been up to this term! A great warm up for our Summer Show next year!
THE ACADEMY SUMMER SCHOOLS 2019
This year we had not 1 but 2 weeks of Summer School with some incredible West End Workshops including: Millie from "Six", Kelly from "Hamilton", James from "9 to 5", Lisa from "West Side Story" and Elliot from "Tarzan". As always we finished with a showcase of the weeks work!
BARNET HOSPITAL "SUMMER SPECTACULAR"
Our Company were delighted to be asked to reprise their "Hamilton" Medley at Barnet Hospital Charity's Summer Spectacular from Summer Show 2018! The show also featured our Senior Nate who acted as compere for night! A fantastic night had by all!
"CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG" - ST ALBANS
It's show week for Academy Kids Nate, Flo and Skye! They'll be appearing in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" this week at The Alban Arena with St Alban's Musical Theatre Company! Nate plays the lead role of Jeremy while Flo and Skye both play Sewer Kids! Have a great week guys!
WEST END DEBUT FOR DARCY-SUMMER!
We are so proud of our Senior Darcy-Summer Hannan who is currently staring as Lily Potter Jr. in "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child" at The Palace Theatre in London's West End!
TOM STARS IN "THE SOUND OF MUSIC"
Our lovely Senior Tom Dimbylow is hard at work in rehearsals for "The Sound of Music" with Radlett Musical Theatre Company! Tom will be playing Friedrich Von Trapp at The Radlett Centre this Autumn! Tom says he's having a great time in rehearsals and can't wait for show week!
This year's Summer Show took place at The Pump House Theatre! We performed 4 performances to sold out audiences! Congratulations to all of the young performers who took part!
BREAK DANCE WORKSHOP!
We were joined by Caz from Breakin' Habit for a Break Dance Workshop! A chance for The Academy Kids to master their Top Rocks and 6-steps!
WE WILL ROCK YOU WORKSHOP
We were delighted to welcome "We Will Rock You" cast member Jenny Wickham to The Academy for a "We Will Rock You" workshop! The Academy Kids learnt the original choreography to "One Vision" and then had a special Q&A with Jenny to find out what life is like as a performer.
CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY 2017!
The Academy Kids donned Christmas Jumpers and we managed to raise £75.00 for Herts Young Homeless - a charity which supports 16-24 year olds who are vulnerable, in danger or homeless in Hertfordshire.
THE NEXT STEP WORKSHOPS
Academy Kids Sienna and Skye had the opportunity to assist Academy Creative Director Sara teaching "The Next Step" Workshops at Pineapple Dance Studios in London! The girls helped teach original choreography from the TV Show and demonstrated throughout the workshop. Well done girls - fantastic job!
TOGETHER - DANCE SHOWCASE 2021
So thrilled to get our Dance Company Students back onstage in our Dance Showcase "Together". Students were finally able to perform all of the routines they'd learnt online during lockdown! It was so wonderful to see all of our dancers back onstage! All Government Guidelines and regulations were followed at all times.
HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY TO THE ACADEMY!
This February The Academy celebrates it's 6th year! We are forever proud of the lovely Academy community we have created and all that our students have achieved! We can't wait to be back in the studios and back on stage, creating more opportunities and more happy memories for our wonderful Academy Kids!
LOCKDOWN 2.0 COMPLETE
Hooray! Another 4 weeks of online classes complete! Huge well done and thank you to all our Academy Kids for coping so well with moving back online! So happy we managed to included Drama online this time too! Our Academy community is strong as ever! Nothing stops The Academy Kids doing what they love!
SITE VISIT TODAY TO THE BUSHEY AREA
Fantastic site visit today to The Bushey Arena making sure we are ready to welcome all of our students back to the studios! We have worked so hard to make sure we have all of the necessary Covid-19 precautions in place! Full guidelines are available to download by clicking on the Covid-19 Guidelines button above.
NATE PERFORMS IN ONLINE CONCERT
Our fabulous Nate was asked to perform in an online Zoom concert with St Alban's Musical Theatre Company. Nate played Jeremy in SAMTC's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in 2018! He was the only teen performer in the concert and really held his own singing "My Shot" from Hamilton! Very well done Nate! Proud of you as ever!
THE ACADEMY KIDS - THANK YOU NHS!
Led by our wonderful Singing Teacher, Betty, The Academy Kids have proved that nothing is going to stop them performing together! Students aged 4-17 took part in our Virtual Choir - coming together to thank the NHS! You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/MR6IXWUxPxw
SIENNA IN "CINDERELLA" AT THE RADLETT CENTRE
The perfect way to end the holiday season - watching our lovely Lower Senior Sienna in "Cinderella" at The Radlett Centre. So proud watching this little lady on stage. She absolutely shone! Very well done Sienna! Fantastic performance!
WATFORD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON
Following the success of previous performances at Intu Watford, we were thrilled to be the Performing Arts School chosen to perform at this years Light's Switch On Event! Well done to all of our Seniors who took part!
THE ACADEMY SUMMER SHOW 2019
This year we moved our Summer Show to The Watford Palace Theatre. What an incredible weekend we had! A huge well done to The Academy Kids and a huge thank you to all our wonderful chaperones who helped backstage all weekend! Ending the year on a definite high!
"A CHORUS LINE" WEST END WORKSHOP
We were delighted to welcome Becky Herszenhorn to The Academy for this term's West End Workshop. Becky played Val in "A Chorus Line" at The London Palladium and put The Academy Kids through their paces in a wonderful Acting and Musical Theatre Workshop! :-)
WEST END HAT TRICK IN THE PRESS AGAIN!
Our wonderful Jaxon, Heather and Darcy-Summer are featured in "My Bushey News" - we're so thrilled to have 3 Academy Kids have made their West End debuts this year - can't wait for more adventures in 2019! Who will be the next Academy Kid to hit the West End? :-)
"42ND STREET" ON THIS MORNING (ITV)
Did you spot our Creative Director Sara on ITV's "This Morning"? Sara spent the morning at the BBC Television Centre filming several segments with Bonnie Langford who has recently joined the cast as Dorothy Brock! You've got until January 2019 to catch the show in town!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SUMMER SCHOOL!
This year's course was bigger and better than ever! We focused on 6 different musicals including Mary Poppins, Waitress, Rock of Ages and Next to Normal! As always we finished off with a showcase of the week's work - well done to everyone who took part!
"THRILLER" WORKSHOP WITH COURTNEY GEORGE
Fresh from the World Tour of Michael Jackson's Smash Hit "Thriller", cast member Courtney George joined us for a masterclass in Michael Jackson's ground breaking dance moves!
HEATHER TO MAKE HER WEST END DEBUT!
Our incredible Heather will be making her West End debut this year playing Marcy in "School of Rock" at The New London Theatre! Congratulations Heather, we couldn't be prouder of you and can't wait to come and see you rock it out!!!
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
A double Academy success tonight! Both our Creative Director, Sara and Academy Inter, Jaxon performed on this year's Royal Variety Performance at The London Palladium in front of HRH Prince William and Princess Kate! Be sure to tune in and catch the performance on ITV!
WEST END GALA FOR OUR SENIORS & COMPANY!
Our Seniors and Company members took part in a West End Gala at Her Majesty's Theatre in London! The Academy Kids performed 2 medleys - "13 The Musical" and one from "School of Rock"! Fantastic work from everyone - a wonderful day!
END OF TERM PRIZE GIVING 2021
Our Lower School ended the year with their Prize Giving. Students collected trophies from 2020 and 2021, Faculty Awards, Event and Achievement medals and their star badges. We also announced our Lower School Student of the Year - huge congratulations to this year's winner our fabulous Inter Cooper!!
THE SHOW MUST GO ON - UPPER SCHOOL SHOW
The first performing arts school in the UK to get their students back on stage! We worked closely with The Radlett Centre to ensure all Government Guidelines were followed and after a lot of very careful planning were able to get out students back in a theatre performing to a live audience for the first time in 14 months!
BACK ONLINE FOR LOCKDOWN 3.0
Back online but as ever thrilled to see such amazing commitment from our Academy Kids! This term our students from Juniors to Company are working on performances of online plays as well as prepping for The Academy Factor and our Dance Showcase! Keep up the brilliant work and we can't wait to be back in the studios soon!
NEW CLASSES - TAP DANCE WITH SARA
After several requests from students we have added Tap classes to our timetable! So pleased to have been able to launch in person before moving back online for Lockdown 2.0! Looking forward to continuing with our Tap lessons online and teaching our students a new skill! Goal: to to have learnt all our timeseps by Xmas!
THE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP 2021
We were delighted to be able to run 2 weeks of Summer Camp this August! The year's Camp was focused on putting together a streamed performance at the end of each week. Students worked on medleys from Matilda, The Prom, Come From Away, Hamilton, Hairspray, Everyone's Talking About Jamie and Spring Awakening!
THE ACADEMY KIDS WIN WATFORD ISOVISION!
Congratulations to our wonderful Max, Ella, Andjelija and Casper who competed in Watford's Isovision Song Contest on Saturday 9th May! The group sang "Making Your Mind Up" by Bucks Fizz and won both the public and judges vote! Their song will be played on Watford's Vibe 107.6! Congratulations Academy Kids!!!
THE ACADEMY MOVES ONLINE
Nationwide school closures sees The Academy officially move online. We are very happy to be able to continue to offer regular classes to all of our students and keep them singing and dancing at home! Academy parents please keep an eye on your emails for all the exciting things we have coming up over the Easter holidays!
WEST END GALA AT THE SHAFTESBURY THEATRE
Our Company members took part in a West End Gala at The Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End! We performed "Come From Away" & "The Prom"! Such a great experience for our Company who all behaved like true professionals!
WEST END WORKSHOP: WICKED
For this term's West End Workshop we welcomed James from the International Tour of Wicked! James was so impressed with The Academy Kids he said he'd love to work with them all on a regular basis!
FESTIVAL IN THE PARK - BUSHEY FESTIVAL 2019
The Academy Kids were delighted to be invited to open this year's "Festival in the Park" to mark the end of Bushey Festival! We opened the event with a bespoke "On Your Feet" medley before taking to the main stage and our soloists ranging in age from 4-16.
CHRISTMAS IN PANTO FOR SIENNA & MADDIE
A very exciting Christmas for Academy Inter Sienna and Company member Maddie who spent their Christmas performing in "Aladdin" at The Radlett Centre for Upstage Productions! Congratulations girls on a wonderful run in pantoland! :-)
WEST END WORKSHOP!
We were thrilled to welcome "Chicago" cast member Olivia to The Academy for this term's West End workshop! The Academy Kids were given a masterclass in Fosse Technique as well as learning 2 routines from the show!
ACADEMY KIDS WEST END HAT TRICK! :-)
Read all about Heather, Jaxon and Darcy's West End success in this week's Watford Observer:
HEATHER FINISHES IN "SCHOOL OF ROCK"!
Heather has her final show as Marcy in "School of Rock" at The Gillian Lynn Theatre in London's West End! The biggest congratulations to you Heather! You have been a true professional throughout this whole experience and we couldn't be prouder of you!
SARA AT THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2018
Our Creative Director Sara performs at The Olivier Awards at The Royal Albert Hall and Broadcast live on ITV as part of the cast of "42nd Street". The show is nominated for 4 Olivier Awards including "Best Revival" and "Best Choreography".
HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY TO THE ACADEMY
28/02/2018 - The Academy turns 3! What an incredible 3 years we have had! We can't believe how much The Academy has grown and are so thankful to everyone who has helped make The Academy such a special place!
"HAIRSPRAY" WORKSHOP WITH GEORGE HINSON
Taking a break from the UK Tour of "Hairspray", cast member George Hinson joined us for a super fun working, turning The Academy Kids into "The Nicest Kids in Town"! Students had the chance to learn original choreography from the show!