Saturday Skills Academy January Newsletter

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a restful Christmas break and enjoyed ringing in the new year! 

We're looking forward to welcoming you back on Saturday 12 January, where we'll be kicking off rehearsals for our show in March!

Please see below for everything you need to know about the show, from the running order, to important dates and times.

Let's make 2019 the best year yet at Saturday Skills Academy!

All the best,

The Skills Academy Team

Show Details

Where? The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, ArtsEd

When? Saturday 9 March, 2019

Running Order

“The Winners Are…” Musical Theatre

Explore Early Bird – Lambeth Walk (Me And My Girl)
Explore – It’s A HardKnock Life (Annie)
Explore – Lullaby Broadway (42nd Street)
All Explore groups – We’re in the Money  (42nd Street)
Trainee – Beauty and Beast (Beauty and The Beast) / Blood Brother (Acting)
Trainee – Our House (Our House) / Honk (Acting)
Trainee – When I Grow up (Matilda) / Shrek (Acting)
Trainee – I Got Rhythm – (Crazy for You)
Creatives – Mamma I’m A Big Girl Now – (Hair Spray) / Blood Brothers + Legally Blonde (acting)
Creatives - Puttin’ On The Ritz – Top Hat
Trainee / Creatives – There Will Be Sun – (Groundhog Day)

“The Premieres” Drama
Explore – “Crooks” by Julia Donaldson
Trainee - Roald Dahl “Revolting Rhymes” 
Creatives – 15 min short plays written by students


Saturday 2 March – Technical rehearsal. 
• Early Birds and ALL Musical Theatre groups arrive at 9am – 1pm and go straight to the theatre.
• Drama groups to arrive from 11:30am – 3:30pm and will be taken to a rehearsal studio. Rehearsals from 11:30am – 1:30pm. 

Saturday 9 March – Performance day
Musical Theatre Groups

• All Musical Theatre groups to arrive at 9am. Meet at the theatre for a debrief. 
• Work on entrances and exits and stage large group numbers
There will be TWO show times for Musical Theatre:
• Show 1: 11:00am
• Show 2: 1:00pm 

Drama Groups

• All Drama groups to arrive at 12:30pm. Meet in the foyer where you will be taken to a rehearsal studio.
• 2:30pm - walk-through rehearsal on stage
• Show: 3:30pm – 5pm

Please note that we are in rehearsals at present and times may change slightly.

THINGS TO BRING (both days)
Packed lunches (NO nuts)
There will be light refreshments available in the foyer.

AUDITIONS: Cone Ripman Kids Agency

We are scouting for more talent to join Cone Ripman Kids, represented by theatre, television and film agency BIJOU Talent, so we are holding another audition on Sunday 27 January.

Interested in attending this audition? Please visit the Skills Academy page, and sign up to the course 'Cone Ripman Kids' to register your interest, and we will email you the information pack.

Private Lesson Development

We are extending our teaching team so we can offer more 1:1 or small group lessons. We can now offer:

  • 1:1 singing
  • 1:1 acting for stage and screen
  • 1:1 Dance classes
  • Small group dance classes
  • Small group singing
  • Audition preparation
  • All of the LAMDA exams
  • NEW Pop Vocal tuition classes 
  • NEW: Guitar lessons

You will be able to book sessions on our new online system. The company we are using had a slight blip when we launched in November, but we are assured their IT issue is now resolved. We are going to launch at the end of December so you can book private lessons (which would make a lovely Christmas gift!)

If you would like to discuss private lessons, please contact

A Reminder: Holiday Courses


We would like to remind everyone that ArtsEd Extra will not be running Easter courses this year.

We are very excited about our major building project, which will provide students with world-class facilities that match the exceptional quality of our teaching. Inevitably there will be disruption to our schedules as the majority of the building work is planned to take place from June 2019 onwards.

However, you can book onto our Summer 2019 courses NOW! Our Summer courses will take place at a variety of different venues around West London, including Richmond, Acton and Chiswick.

During this exciting period of development at ArtsEd we will be offering 10% off a summer course to previous course bookers. Please email - and a code will be sent to you. 


Dates for your Diary

Spring Term: Saturday 12 January - Saturday 30 March

Headshot photography: Sunday 3 February

Spring Half Term (No classes): Saturday 16 February & Saturday 23 February

Show in the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre: Saturday 9 March

Summer Term: Saturday 20 April – Saturday 29 June

Summer Half Term (No classes): Saturday 1 June

Showcase performances: Saturday 29 June

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