Starcast Performing Arts Schools first opened in 2009 and now has over 280 children and teeangers training in our Acting Classes, Singing Lessons and Dance Classes at our weekly Performing Arts Schools. At Starcast we teach children and teenagers aged 4-18 yrs old. Students are spilt into three classes of similar ages and study each discipline of Dance, Drama and Singing. To read more about the content and the training involved in the three classes please scroll down this page.
ALL abilities are welcome. Starcast offers children and teenagers a chance to simply enjoy learning to act, sing and dance. With opportunites of performing professionally if they wish too.
At our schools we endeavour to build confidence and self esteem, we also teach children skills they can use in everyday life such as communication, focus, creative and presentation skills.
At Starcast Schools we encourage our students to express themselves, to voice their concerns and their ideas in loud, clear and confident voices.
At Starcast we give every child the chance to perform as often as we can, we believe this is a great confidence builder.
Our students are given wonderful opportunities, such as performing in the Starcast Performing Arts Schools Show at The Salisbury Playhouse. We also offer special workshops in Street, Hop Hop, Audition Technique Classes, West End Workshops (with West End actors leading the workshop) and Circus Skills Workshops.
We have yearly Theatre Trips to see top shows such as "Starlight Express" "Matilda" and "Cats".
We also have children who have been selected to perform professionally in shows such as "The King and I" at the Mayflower, "South Pacific" at The Mayflower, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" at the Mayflower Theatre and in the yearly Pantomime at The Salisbury Playhouse.
We have also taken part in the Salisbury Carnival (and won best walking entry), the Salisbury Young Performers Festival (obtaining many 1st places!), the Devizes Fesitval where we have been awarded the Trophies in Drama and Singing, we have had our own shows at the The City Hall, Blackledge Theatre and at The Salisbury Playhouse. We have also performed at The Amesbury Night of Honour and The Best of the Winners show at the Blackledge Theatre.
We have our fabulous Starcast Dance Company and our amazing Starcast Dance Crew which is for our students who are especially talented in Dance. They rehearse weekly in our professional Dance Studio and train in commercial dance, hip hop, street jazz and modern dance. Our Starcast Dance Company have performed at many events including opening the Salisbury Fashion Week, Strictly Does Salisbury, Stars of Salisbury and at Salisburys Teenage Market at the Guildhall. The Dance Crew enter competitions such as BDO and most recently were awarded the Runners Up Trophy.
We also enter our students for the Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre Exams. This exam is for dance, singing and drama skills. Every year for teh past three years, every single student was awarded "Distinction" the highest possible mark you can recieve.
Our school is constantly evolving but the principles that make it a success will never change. Students at the school are encouraged to have fun, but are also taught to respect each other and be disciplined in their approach to learning. One visit to the school and you will clearly see the bonds and friendships between our students and the respect they have for our super teachers.
You will also, clearly see, the teachers and the students real love for all disciplines of the Performing Arts!
ABOUT OUR CLASSES
Learn to Act with Starcast! Our Starcast Drama Classes are fun and inspirational. The Drama Classes are led by professional, motivational Drama Teachers who believe that, through Drama, students can build self confidence, self esteem and realise their true potential.
In our Drama Classes we work on the following: Warm Up Games for confidence and expressive skills. Vocal Exercises to improve volcabulary and diction. Improvisations to improve creative, team building and communication skills. Script revision for work towards our shows and festivals covering many genres from Musical Theatre to Shakespeare.
We hold workshops on Audition Technique, Circus Skills, Acting for the Camera and much, much more!!!
Our singing has become a major strength at Starcast Schools and we welcome new singers with open arms.
Learn to sing with Starcast! Our Singing Classes are led by professional singers with great experience in teaching children and nurturing their confidence, enjoyment and appreciation of all genres of music. Our teachers create a trusting environment where all our students feel happy to sing to their hearts content! Children are encouraged to sing in groups, as duets and as soloists.
In the Siniging Classes children are introduced to an exciting mix of songs from Musical Theatre to Disney to Pop. We teach Vocal Warm Ups to build confidence and a love of singing and vocal technique exercises to improve vocal ability and rythym.
We hold workshops on Audition Technique, Microphone Technique and Song Writing.
Learn to Dance with Starcast! Our Dance Classes are of the highest standard, led by Teachers who have trained at professional dance and drama colleges such as Laine Theatre Arts and London Studio Centre. All of our Dance Teachers have worked in the profession with top choreographers.
In our lessons in dance our students start their lesson with a Dance Warm Up which helps improve strength, co -ordination and fitness. We then teach steps from the corner which improves technique, presentation skills and confidence. Our dance routines are fun and current covering many genres from Street to Hip Hop to Musical Theatre.
Starcast Dance Classes teach a wide genre of dance - Street Jazz, Hip Hop, Commercial Dance, Ballet, Tap, Technique and Musical Theatre Dance are just some of the dance styles we cover.
We also hold workshops in Break Dancing, Catwalk and Audition Technique..... to name a few!
Dance lessons also help students with posture, fitness and flexibility. Dancing is such a wonderful way for all children to keep fit and happy.
Dance Classes are held in our fantastic Dance Studio.
We also offer classes in Gymnastics and Acrobatics - which is becoming a prerequisite for professoinal dancers.
We now also have a Starcast Dance Crew - a special class for our most dediacted and talented young dancers aged 9 - 13 yrs who meet once a week for a intense technique class and rehearsal - this crew performs at many local events and theatres.
MINI STARS CLASSES FOR 4 - 7 YEAR OLDS
Learn to act, sing and dance with Starcast! Our Starcast Mini Stars Classes are specifically designed for 4, 5 and 6 year olds.
In the classes the students still participate and learn Dance, Drama and Singing but they do thirty minutes of each class which is a shorter lesson than the Main School.
In these classes our main objective is to really build confidence, work on expressive, communication and focussing skills, so the students are ready for their early school years.
Our Mini Stars classes are a wonderful pre school or first years at school confidence boost.
The Mini Stars students are then introduced to our Main School when we feel they are ready and they very much look forward to moving into the Main School.
The Mini Stars have one teacher for Drama and Singing and another for Dance Classes so they really have the true Starcast Experience!
The classes are disciplined but fun and inspirational with super teachers who are experts in teaching children of this age.
THE STARCAST COMPANIES, CREWS AND TROUPES (Invitation only)
Students aged 13 and over who have been training with Starcast for a year or more are invited to attend an audition for a place in our Starcast Dance Company, the Starcast Drama Company and the Starcast Company Singing Ensemble.
These three groups rehearse each week with a teacher who specialises in the discipline. The students selected to be part of these groups are among our most talented and dedicated students.
The Starcast Dance Company, Starcast Drama Company and Starcast Singing Company have performed at many events including The Salisbury Teenage Market, The Salisbury Playhouse, The Stars of Salisbury and at The Salisbury Fashion Week.
In the weekly Dance Company rehearsals the students cover many genres of dance from Commercial to Jazz to Hip Hop to Street to Lyrical Dance Routines in our professional Dance Studio.
They are given leads in our shows and have opportunities for wonderful experiences such as to record their own CD and attend Workshops led by top professionals in the industry.
We take our company members to conventions such as "Move It" which showcases all the Colleges availabel for further education in Dance, Drama and Singing.
The three companies perform at events and they are a great platform for students wishing to go into full time training for the Performing Arts.
For our studetns aged under 13 years we have the Starcast Singing Troupe, Starcast Dance Crew and Starcast Performance Troupe, again these are invitation only groups with our most dedicated students and they rehearse weekly with a teacher who is a specialist in their field.
Our Dance Crew specialise in Commercial Street and Hip Hop.
The Singing Troupe perform all genres from chart music to Disney to Muscial Theatre.
The Performance Troupe are our youngest group our "Triple Threats" who sing, dance and act in equal brilliant measures!