Manchester theatre school launching September 2013

Salford youngsters invited to join one of the UK’s hottest theatre schools at MediaCity

Since 1998 Scream Theatre Schools have been professionally training hundreds of kids in the North West and beyond in all disciplines of the Performing Arts. In addition, its sister company Scream Management has been representing the kids for work on the BBC, ITV, Sky, Nickelodeon, on film and even the West End stage.

And now Scream is getting louder... we’re reaching across the region and giving YOUR CHILD the opportunity to become our latest success story, at our brand-new MediaCity site.

The new Theatre School will be based at FutureSkills at MediaCity, Dakota Avenue, Manchester M50 2PU, and will be kick-starting the new school year with a free Open Day on Saturday 14th September. Beginning at 11am, it will feature two hours of Acting, Singing and Dancing, taught by industry practitioners at the top of their game.

“We’re all about creating confident young people by raising their self-esteem, encouraging teamwork and providing hands-on training within all areas of the Performing Arts,” explains School Principal Helen J. Stannard. “Whether your thing is Singing, Dancing or Acting, Scream Theatre Schools have classes to improve your skills, and grow your confidence.”

The Open Day will also be attended by representatives from MediaCity-based Scream Management. “We work very closely with our colleagues at Scream Theatre Schools, making sure we find the very best talent and nurture it to the highest standard possible,” said Jess Bell, Childrens Agent at Scream Management. “We’ll be there talent-spotting on the day; we’re looking for the new Billy Elliott or the next Matilda.”

Scream currently has youngsters working on a wide range of long-term productions, including

Adam Mitchell who has just signed for another six months starring as Mike Teavee in the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Ryan Wilkinson and Olivia Cosgrove who are soon to be seen as the leads in new CBBC drama All at Sea.

Previous Open Days at Scream have yielded great results for the youngsters attending; one previous Open Day at the original Blackpool school was attended by a youngster who was immediately spotted by Scream Management and sent to a series of auditions. That youngster - Ella-Grace Gregoire - is due to make her debut as a series regular in Coronation Street, all because of her attending the Open Day at the Theatre School!

Ella-Grace is joining a long-list of Screamers who have, or have had, regular roles on television dramas: Joe-Warren Plant has been a long-term resident of Emmerdale village, for example. We also have the youngest-ever BAFTA Award-winning actor, Danny Kerr, who is to be seen in Disney’s Malificent next summer.

Helen said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get a foot in the door of a very hard industry. The Theatre School has been training its students successfully for fifteen years; yet we are still a breath of fresh air when it comes to Performing Arts training. We also have the unique ability of collaborating closely with the team at Scream Management, and to provide our students with the opportunity to work on the professional stage, on television, in film and beyond. We’re very excited about who we might discover at the Open Day... As they used to say on TV years ago... ‘next time - the star of the show could be you’!” 

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