Are you preparing for a LAMDA drama or musical theatre exam?

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If so make sure you have prepared well always read the play and know your characters objectives, also research the writer find out how the writers style has influenced the play you have chosen. If it is a period piece make sure you know a bit of history on the period, the internet is a great source of information and everything is there for you to find and enjoy.

What questions will I be asked?

In the performance exams you will be expected to know about your character and their role within the play. Why you decided to block the scene the way you did and the characters objective within the scene. Also it is a good idea to have knowledge of the writers other plays and their style of writing. Always decide what you think the character looks like, what is their back story and and how is their relationship with the other characters. It is a good idea to notate your script so you really understand what the character is saying within the piece. There is nothing better than reading the whole play, don’t leave it to the last minute, it is foolish as I have told students manny many times.

Remember you will get the result you have worked for. Working on characters is fun and deserves time spent on it.

Last but not least ENJOY IT!!

What are LAMDA exams?

LAMDA: London Academy of Dramatic Art

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LAMDA exams are an excellent way to keep improving your speech and vocal skills as well as honing your acting techniques.

LAMDA Are the largest examination board of speech and drama in the UK.

By taking regular acting, verse and prose  and musical theatre exams pupils are able to measure their progress, gain certificates of personal achievement and receive expert appraisals from highly experienced assessors. Bronze, silver and Gold Medals also carry valuable UCAS points.

During the exam the examiner will produce written reports, these are then sent to the candidate arounds six weeks after the exam, the reports are very helpful and offer students guidance for improvement.

For more information on the syllabus click on the L.A.M.D.A link.

How Can Learning Drama Help My Child?

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Shyness is common in young children who are just finding their feet in the world, and you can worry about how your child will interact at school with their peers.

  • So how can you encourage your child to open up.

By developing their social skills you can help to grow their confidence and self esteem.

If your child is finding it tough to make friends and is shy around their school friends learning drama can help to coax them out of their shell and give them the confidence to find their own voice.

  • Every parent worries that their child is being included at school and it is our job to help them gain the skills they need to develop

By your child playing the role of another character they will learn how to interact in situations they wouldn’t normally face which is a great way to help your child overcome confidence issues

Here at Little Voices we provide a safe and fun environment where your child is free to explore different social reactions and learn about interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. The non-judgemental atmosphere, created by our experienced tutors, helped with our small class sizes goes a long way to helping shy or insecure children to discover themselves and build their self-assurance.

How your child will benefit from drama.

  • Your child will grow in Confidence and Self esteem
  • Social interactions will become easier.
  • Vocal skills such as projection and vocal ability will increase.
  • Your child will make new friendships outside their school.
  • Presentation skills will become easier and school assemblies will become a pleasure for them.

Not only are there so many benefits but by simply attending lessons on a weekly basis will allow your child to develop a new interest in the performing arts, giving them a subject they can happily chat about to you, family and friends.

  • Seeing your child blossom is very rewarding for us and parents alike.

The great thing is that children are able to express themselves more articulately and your child will learn how to co-operate and compromise with others. These are lifelong skills and of huge benefit as a child and of course as an adult!

Have a great week!

The Chocolate Shop

Well done to all our amazing pupils who attended Little Voices Easter theatre week and gave an amazing performance of The Chocolate Shop!

Tiny Tots Drop in Voices Launches next month!

Tiny tots drop in voices launches next month at the Spitler in Spital Tongues!

All under 5s welcome!

Jane the Principal of Little Voices Flagship is Nominated for Woman Franchisor of the Year Award 2016

Woman Franchisor of the Year Award 2016A huge accolade for the entire network of Little Voices; every Franchisee, Tutor, Parent and Pupil. Proud to announce that our Managing Director of Little Voices has reached the finals of the EWIF Woman Franchisor of the Year Awards.

Little Voices Managing Director Nominated for Woman Franchisor of the Year Awards 2016

 

Woman Franchisor of the Year Award 2016

 

A huge accolade for the entire network of Little Voices; every Franchisee, Tutor, Parent and Pupil. Proud to announce that our Managing Director of Little Voices has reached the finals of the EWIF Woman Franchisor of the Year Awards.

Everyone Makes Mistakes

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The title of this week’s email is quite profound but I think that if we can teach our children that mistakes happen and it is how we recover from them that is important then they will learn a fundamentally important life lesson!

Everyone makes mistakes and often mistakes happen when you least expect them but if you are well prepared you can quickly recover. A child has no idea what is going to happen in the LAMDA examination room. The pupils that have been doing exams for years can still make a mistake in the room on the day or have a wobble! A child who is taking their very first exam can equally be unnerved by the different surroundings and a strange face but this is all manageable and easily dealt with in a positive and constructive way.

PREPARATION is the key. PRACTISE is the key. Excellent TUITION and GUIDANCE is the key.

At Little Voices we can help with the preparation, we can give tips on how to effectively practise and we ABSOLUTELY can give excellent tuition and guidance so that your son/daughter can cope with the journey of lessons, performances and examinations.

One of the best pieces of advice that I can ever give to our pupils is if you make a mistake Don’t WORRY, Don’t STOP, Don’t PANIC just CARRY ON! Nine times out of ten the examiner or the audience will not have even noticed. How you recover from a mistake is the most crucial part of the learning process.

We are having a great week here at Little Voices and are looking forward to helping and embracing all of the little mistakes in the future!

What would you like us to cover?

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Little Voices is all about inspiring our next generation with educational drama and singing lessons as you know. 

In October one of the theatre weeks from another centre was all about Guy Fawkes and even the parents were fascinated with how much they learnt through helping their children with the script and watching the final performance.

Recently myself and our tutors were celebrating the life and works of a music icons such as; David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley educating the children on their music and influence on the music culture.

I read the other day that another Principal and her tutors were celebrating Burns Night and the life and works of Robert Burns. He was a famous poet of course and also wrote Auld Lang Syne . The influences of his work is remembered every year on New Year’s Eve and again on Burns night itself. It still amuses me every year when I hear people muffling their way through the lyrics. It is one of those songs that we think that we know isn’t it? Do we really know every word and do we know what each word means? 

Traditions are so important and celebrations of a person’s life are so important but really understanding is the key to remembering and it is our job to educate the next generation so that long may they continue!

As we look to write the scripts for this year’s theatre weeks are there any composers, musicians, historical events that you would like us to cover in an educational yet fun vocal and dramatic way? Please let us know!

 

TV vs Live Theatre

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Last night, I watched the film version of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. It’s one of my favourite musicals and I’ve been lucky enough to see it three times live at the theatre, but I was struck by the fact that on film it was made so much more ‘real’. There were no barriers of quick costume or set changes, no problems with the balance of the Orchestra and voices and no imagination needed to create Paris in the late 19th Century.

However, there was my problem. No imagination needed. I was completely immersed in the scenes, but did that take away something? I started thinking about why we visit live theatre when everything is so accessible and cheap and available to everyone. I hugely enjoyed my film experience last night and it wasn’t the first time I’ve watched it either. The £10 or so I spent on that DVD a few years ago has certainly been worth it, so why do people spend upwards of £50 per person seeing the live version when you can just watch the film?

I’m afraid I’m playing devil’s advocate here. I personally do not think a film experience (including a visit to the cinema) can even come close to watching live theatre. So what are my reasons? Why should you, as a parent, spend a lot more money taking your child to the theatre when they could just watch the TV?

 

  • It’s fun! Theatre is an experience! From visiting your local theatre through to heading to the West End, the whole thing is an event. You have to plan your timings, submit your ticket, perhaps even treat yourself to a bag of sweets for the performance. There’s ice cream at the interval and you get to view the performance from a no doubt beautiful theatre. It is a real adventure which television and cinema simply can’t replicate.

 

  • Theatre educates your child! Most musicals or theatre performances give your child exposure to other cultures, historical events or traditions. Just think of the most popular musicals for children – The Lion King, Matilda, Mary Poppins – all of them educate us!

 

  • It promotes creative thinking. One of the main differences between live theatre and film is that the audience member has to work hard at using their imagination. Many aspects are implied or symbolic simply because on a stage, you cannot give the level of detail you can give in a film. Neuroscientists long ago found that for the brain to work efficiently, both hemispheres need to be activated. It’s important to stimulate the left hand side of the brain (creative thinking, imagination, visual) in addition to the right hand side (verbal, logical and analytical) in all children.

 

  • It fosters a love of the arts. There are countless articles written on the emotional and psychological benefits to children when they are encouraged in the arts. A piece of live theatre can give a momentary release from the strains of life and give a child a pathway into drama and music performance for themselves.

 

  • It improves listening and communication skills. In a theatre, you can’t have a chat with your friend. You can’t just ask for the answer if there is a part you don’t immediately understand. You have to concentrate and have the patience that all will be revealed. You have to go on the journey with the rest of the audience at the set pace. In my days as a secondary teacher, we would regularly take teenagers to the theatre and we were often amazed that they had never been taught theatre etiquette. Theatre requires at least two hours of concentration which is an extremely important skill for our children to develop.

 

  • Theatre is live! Yes –real human beings in front of you! When you see an amazing performance from a talented actor you get a real sense of just how impressive some of these performers are. It’s a sad fact that some reality shows have made it possible to be ‘famous’ without any real talent or dedication. On stage, you can see the effort these performers are putting in. Sometimes, things might go wrong in a show and more often than not, the performers do an incredibly sophisticated and impressive job of continuing. They don’t give up! Surely this is a lesson we want to teach all our children!

 

Live theatre doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ve seen some amazing amateur musicals and plays in the Hertfordshire area. If you’re struggling to find performances you could take your children to, try these local amateur dramatic groups:

Hemel Hempstead Theatre Company

Berkhamsted Theatre Company

Harpenden Light Operatic Society

Kings Langley Players

Kings Langley Light Opera Company

 

Helen

Principal – Little Voices Hertfordshire West