Welwyn Actress Cherice Mckenzie-Cook opens new drama and singing school in town….


Welwyn actress Cherice McKenzie Cook opens new performing arts school in town
Cherice McKenzie Cook from Welwyn Garden City has opened Little Voices in the town to find the next generation of Hertfordshire stars

A professional actress is set to share her theatrical wisdom with youngsters following the launch event  for the new performing arts school in Welwyn Garden City.

Cherice, is heading the first school in the town to open as part of the national organisation called Little Voices, which offers a range of acting and singing classes to help budding stars learn and perfect their stage skills.
Actress Cherice, said: “I am so excited to be bringing Little Voices to Welwyn. We have already had an overwhelming response from parents and children, as well as huge support from our amazing venue, Applecroft School. “The lessons truly are a fantastic way for children to really build their confidence and develop their drama and singing skills, and because the class sizes are so small we can genuinely get to know and nurture each individual child’s talents and needs.”

Classes will run at this first venue on a Wednesday after school throughout the week. Class sizes are kept very small and all Little Voices schools currently have a 100% pass rate when the children take yearly LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams.

Mum-of-two Cherice adds: “Drama is fantastic for building children’s confidence about speaking in public, connecting with others, team building, creativity and of course drama specific skills. “Singing has been proven to make people feel happy, bring groups together, and working on specific singing techniques helps to build talent and confidence.

“We also run theatre weeks during the school holidays. Classes alternate between drama and singing every week and they all take place during the week after school, leaving weekends free.”

Children are taught within a unique framework of drama and singing lessons, in age specific groups of no more than six pupils, working towards accredited musical theatre, drama, acting and communication exams, including LAMDA and Trinity Guildhall.

Little Voices also offer QCA accredited for advanced grades (at levels 6, 7 and 8), meaning that they can count as UCAS points which can help young people with university applications.

Fun but structured lessons aim to boost children’s confidence, team-working skills and their performing abilities.

Cherice, who has been a professional actress for 5 years and completed a combined degree in Psychology and Drama has extensive Acting training in Method acting, Meisner technique,  and classical training.
Classes available at Little Voices include Mini Voices for ages 4-7, Little Voices for ages 7-12, and Voices for ages 12-18.

Little Voices launched on Wednesday 5th October with resounding success. The children were learning accents having fun with drama games to promote confidence and most importantly making new friends! Parents were thrilled and pupils went home saying; “It was so good, can I go back tomorrow?” “That went so quickly, I wanted to stay in there for longer!” Cherice is now accepting pupils for a free trial lesson.

For more information contact Cherice on 07916 138150, email welwynhatfield@littlevoices.org.uk, or visit www.littlevoices.org.uk/welwyngardencity