Welcome to Our Youth Theatre


Established in 1988, the Princes Theatre Youth Theatre aims to encourage children to become more involved in the theatre.

Students are provided with many opportunities to perform throughout the year, in full scale musicals, Pantomimes, plays, variety shows, community performances and fundraising concerts.


About Us

The Princes Youth Theatre Workshop aims to educate its students to work together in an atmosphere of discipline combined with fun and are committed as we have been since our launch in providing high quality learning for an affordable price, making our classes accessible to all.

Training in the Performing Arts encourages and develops a wide range of life skills:

Aspects of performing arts, especially improvisation, helps young people to understand how to appraise situations, think outside the box and be more confident going into unfamiliar situations. Students learn to trust their ideas and abilities. Confidence gained from learning performing arts skills applies to school, career, and life.

Being creative and learning to make creative choices helps students to be better at thinking of new ideas, allowing them to view the world around them in new ways. Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Understanding characters, roles and the subtext of plays and musicals allows students to relate better to different situations, backgrounds, and cultures. It encourages them to show compassion and tolerance for others.

Theatre is a collaboration of different players and in many cases the quality of any performance reliance on an ensemble performance. Combining the creative ideas and the abilities of all participants is required for the best outcomes. This requires all those taking part to engage in discussions, feedback, rehearsing, and the performance.

Playing, practicing, and performing will develop the ability and skills to be able to focus the mind, the body, and the voice.

It seems obvious to say that drama, theatre and the performing arts improves verbal and nonverbal communication, but it is worth stating that this benefits young people through their life. It improves vocal projection, articulation, tone of speech and expression. Importantly it also develops listening and observation skills.

Drama brings elements of play, humour, and laughter to those taking part ‐ improves motivation and reduces stress.

Acting and drama games allow students to express a range of emotions and encourage them to understand and deal with similar feelings they may be experiencing. Aggression and tension are released in a safe, controlled environment ‐ often allowing for a period of reflection afterwards.

Performing, even the most passive performances, requires intensive movement over a prolonged period. Many performing arts exercises improve flexibility, coordination, balance, and control.

Rehearsing and performing lines and movements will improve memory. Your memory requires exercise, just like a muscle.

... because it will bring joy into your life.


During their time at the Princes Youth Theatre, students are provided with many opportunities to perform throughout the year, in full scale musicals, Pantomimes, plays, variety shows, community performances and fundraising concerts.

Experience is of the ultimate importance. No number of skills within a class can give a student what they gain from performing to an audience. Students who attend the workshops regularly perform with our subsidiary group: The Princes Acting Centre.

Full scale productions are staged at the Princes Theatre with our past productions including: We Will Rock You; Fame; Footloose; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, Legally Blonde and most recently Godspell.

In 2013 the group broke the Guinness World record for producing the fastest ever production and gained a place in the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records

Members of the Youth Theatre in face paint

Timetables

The Princes Youth Theatre Workshop aims to educate its students to work together in an atmosphere of discipline combined with fun and are committed as we have been since our launch in providing high quality learning for an affordable price, making our classes accessible to all.

Training in the Performing Arts encourages and develops a wide range of life skills:

COVID-19 Timetable


Class Time
Juniors 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Pre-Seniors 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Seniors 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Usual (Non COVID-19) Timetable


Class Time
Juniors 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Pre-Seniors 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Seniors 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Youth Theatre with the Pride of Tendring Award

LAMDA Exams

LAMDA Exams are about achievement and empowerment. LAMDA exams began in 1880. The qualifications have moved on over the years but the principal aim remains the same: to provide all people with the opportunity to improve self-expression, self-assurance and, most importantly, have fun.

LAMDA exams boost a student’s CV from a young age, their exams are supported by OFQUAL and are QCA accredited which attract UCAS points for college and university applications.

LAMDA Exams:
• Improve overall confidence
• Delve into characterisation and performance skills
• Develop imagination and communication
• Gain qualifications
• Develop Speaking and listening
• Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• Expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
• Improve confidence in speaking and listening
• Expand Memory and recall information
• Engage in constructive informal conversation
• Work both on his/her own or with a partner

Every young person will at some point need to go for an interview, they will present themselves in a speech or project presentation situation, LAMDA exams develop skills to communicate effectively, the ability to work with others and have strategies to handle nerves, anxiety and challenging situations.

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