New drama and singing school for budding musical theatre stars launches in Altrincham

A professional performance artist has launched a new drama and singing school for budding musical theatre stars in Altrincham.

Little Voices, part of the award-winning national franchise, will provide drama and singing lessons to children aged 4 to 18 in small groups of six to eight pupils. It will be based at  St Georges Parish Centre on Church Walk.

It’s been set up by Ali Vale, who has worked in major international and West End shows, as well as dancing tango alongside Madonna in Alan Parker’s movie ‘Evita’.

She’ll be joined by Altrincham-based tutors, Liz Simmons and Kate Nelson, who are both professionally trained.

Little Voices was originally set up 10 years ago by professional singer Jane Maudsley

Little Voices was originally set up 10 years ago by professional singer Jane Maudsley

Children work towards L.A.M.D.A. Musical Theatre and Communications Examinations, in which Little Voices has a 98% success rate.

Jane Maudsley, the professional singer who founded Little Voices 10 years ago, said: “We’ve long been planning a presence in Altrincham but we had to wait patiently for the right location and the right person to become available. Ali, Liz and Kate are the perfect trio of experienced teachers to launch what we see as a keystone operation for our business.”

Ali Vale, of Little Voices South Manchester, said: “We welcome children of all ages from the South Manchester area including Altrincham, Timperley, Hale, Hale Barns and Bowdon.

Liz, Ali and Kate from Little Voices South Manchester, together with founder Jane Maudsley (second right)

Liz, Ali and Kate from Little Voices South Manchester, together with founder Jane Maudsley (second right)

“We’re very excited to launch and provide an opportunity for local youngsters to get inspired by musical theatre, learn new skills and equip them with social confidence as they develop into young adults.”

The classes launch with three age groups:

  • Mini Voices – lessons are 30 minutes and designed for 4 to 7 year olds
  • Little Voices – lessons are 45 minutes and designed for 7 to 12 year olds
  • Voices – lessons are 45 minutes and designed for 12 to 18 year olds.

A no obligation free trial is being offered to local children on February 22nd – parents should apply via www.littlevoices.org.uk/locations/altrincham

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It was interesting a couple of weeks ago when one of the judges pointed out to an auditionee the three things that drama schools/performing arts institutions are looking for in a potential student. He was pointing out to this particular gentleman how fantastic his performance was because it contained all of these three things.

For our purposes we will call this week tip the three C’s! I felt that it was great advice for all of our pupils at Little Voices.

The judge said that you need to be:

-Confident
-Charismatic
-Comfortable
 
It is so true when we are preparing for a performance or an examination or presentation of any kind it is so important to be really comfortable with your material. You become comfortable by understanding what you are doing, practising what you are doing and enjoying what you are doing.

It is crucial that our personalities and true raw emotions are portrayed in our delivery so that we can really touch the audience. You can then draw them in to the piece and the performance comes alive.

And of course, at Little Voices we really care and take the time to build every child’s confidence and really ensure that they can present themselves professionally and their performances with poise and passion!

Hope you have a great week!