Week-long danSing summer schools give young performers the opportunity to work together, rehearse and produce a musical with experienced professionals. They are open to everyone aged 4 to 19 years. There is no audition and you do not have to attend danSing’s regular classes in order to take part. Musicals are devised by danSing’s creative team using popular themes, specially arranged music and original choreography. Because the material chosen is tailored to suit those taking part, danSing ensures that every summer school cast member has the chance to shine.
The Magic Lamp and Rock School, The Musical – 2016
danSing’s fantastic summer school week, 8th – 12th August 2016, comprised daily junior classes from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and show rehearsals for intermediates from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
Musical Director, Helen Leaf, devised a musical based on the story of Aladdin, writing original songs for the talented juniors to perform. danSing co-director, Jane Waring, choreographed delightful “genie” and “magic carpet” dances and the musical was staged by Jane and assistant director, Christopher Waring, who also made a guest appearance as Jafar! There were named roles and spoken lines for each child and many sang solos as well as group songs. The junior danSingers gave a magical performance at the end of the week. They decorated their own magic lamps and were presented with performance certificates.
Inspired by the popular film “School of Rock”, danSing’s 2016 intermediate summer school production was devised, produced and directed by Helen and Jane. The musical was tailor-made to give each member of the group a specific role, vocal solos and spoken lines. The enthusiastic young cast combined group harmony singing, acting and dance skills and demonstrated excellent comic timing, instrumental skills and a feel for rock music. Each cast member performed to a very high standard and was presented with a performance certificate at the end of the week.
A Musical Toy Story and Spy Kidz, The Musical – 2015
For the first time, danSing held two summer schools during the week 17th – 21st August 2015.
The juniors, children aged 3 to 7 years, rehearsed and performed “A Musical Toy Story” which was based on the Pixar animated film and devised by musical director. Helen Leaf. The musical incorporated arrangements of well-known songs and dances that were staged by co-director, Jane Waring. Jane and Helen were joined by LAMDA trained, Emma Waring, who co-directed the junior performance. There were named roles and spoken lines for all and lively rehearsals prepared the young performers for an enthusiastic performance at the end of the week. Each child received a personalised resource pack and a framed photo. Prizes were awarded for effort and achievement during the week.
Performers at the intermediate summer school rehearsed a devised piece of musical theatre comedy based on the movie “Spy Kids.” The final performance was thoroughly enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience. There were strong performances by all children who took part and “danSing for Shine” soloist, Robyn McIntyre, joined the intermediates to sing a solo before going to London to commence musical theatre training at Urdang. Former danSinger, Katie Skinner, took time out from rehearsing for Leeds & Reading Festivals to present performance certificates to the intermediates. Other surprise visitors during the week were musical theatre artist and former danSinger, Hannah Rushton, choreographer, Hannah Pocock. and ex-premiership footballer and Shine Charity Patron, Danny Mills, who was presented with a cheque for £4,133.47 which was raised at danSing for Shine.
Little Monsters – 2014
Musical director, Helen Leaf, devised and directed a musical based on Pixar’s animated blockbuster “Monsters University”. danSing’s co-director, Jane Waring, choreographed a lively “Scream” dance and staged the songs. There were leading roles and solos for all and the young performers demonstrated theatrical flair and powerful singing.
Enthusiastic rehearsals for 2½ hours each day, culminated in a super performance at the end of the week. A personalised Monsters University ID card, “Fresher Pack”, copy of the devised script and practice cd of the songs were enthusiastically received by each child.
Helen’s sister, Alison Leaf, who worked on the film, “Monsters University”, kindly donated prizes for effort and achievement at the summer school.
House of Blues – 2012
Jake Blues (danSing senior Max Tennant) is released from prison. He and his brother Elwood (played by fellow danSing senior Josh Belward) decide to put The Blues Band together again to raise money for the local orphanage where they were raised by nuns.
With its unique blend of lively songs, comic script, hip-hop dances, ukulele, harmonica and saxophone, House of Blues provided the perfect vehicle for the talented and enthusiastic cast.
Twilight The Musical – 2011
This year’s summer school was a resounding success. Young performers gathered together during the first week of August to rehearse a devised piece if musical theatre based on the Twilight books and films. The piece explored the delicate friendships between Edward, Jacob, Bella and their friends, the conflicts between vampires, werewolves and humans – the battle between good and evil.
With specially arranged music and fabulous dance routines the end-of-week performance was a hit with both the audience and the cast. The piece was beautifully costumed by the performers and Jane created a creepy forest with tree branches and Halloween decorations.
St. Trinian’s The Musical – 2010
danSing held it’s very first Summer School during the week of August 2nd to 6th 2010. A fabulous group of young performers worked together throughout the week learning songs, dances and a devised script set in the fictional boarding school St. Trinian’s, originally created by cartoonist Ronald Searle and later the subject of a series of comedy films.
The musical was tailor-made to give each member of the cast a specific role, with vocal solos and spoken lines for all. Collectively, the cast produced some amazing harmony singing and slick dance routines.
St. Trinian’s The Musical was performed at the end of the week at Brackenfield School which provided the perfect setting for the performance, The capacity audience was treated to a most entertaining and professional show.