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Yorkshire Stage School

Big Red Curtain Music Drama and Dance Tuition in Yorkshire | Sing, Act, Dance and Perform!

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Big Red Curtain is a local independent performing arts school and casting agency based in Yorkshire. Established in 1997 our stage school has over 15years of industry experience and specialises in high quality tuition of music, drama and dance for 6 to 18year olds in our TheatreWorks Sessions.

Our stage schools are located in Leeds, Wetherby and Wakefield. We are proud to be a local independent stage school with a group of dedicated local teachers that work at all of our Yorkshire Stage Schools. Each one of our locations is considered to be one of our Teacher's home town!

 

What Makes Us Different...

Local Independent Stage School and Casting Agency

We are a local independent stage school and casting agency ran by the teachers and not by an investor. We are NOT a franchise, we care about our students and are dedicated to creating a family focussed environment for students to become confident and succeed within a group of friends.

Free inclusion into our Casting Agency

All of our students have free inclusion into our Casting Agency where our students have received work from The Sparticle Mysteries, Waterloo Road, BBC Productions, Channel 4 and Film 4 Productions. We do NOT charge for being listed in our Casting Agency and believe in promoting talent through performance we take casting work seriously and focus on working with Casting Directors to find students that are ideally suited to available roles and not waste their time by entering everyone for open auditions.

Long Established and Experienced Company

Established in 1997 with over 15years of trading we are a long running stage school setup and ran by dedicated individuals who have not only performed themselves but are experienced teachers. Our stage school is NOT a new company ran by newly qualified or inexperienced teachers or performers and is dedicated to providing accredited training through examinations and performances as it has done for over a decade.

Students are Trained Towards Recognised Qualifications

All of our students work towards UCAS recognised qualifications in performing arts from LAMDA or Trinity London (formerly Trinity Guildhall) which are qualifications for life, aiding not only in further education and university applications but accrediting our students hard work and achievements. 

No Expensive Uniform or Costume Costs

Unlike some stage schools we don’t believe students should have to buy expensive uniform or incurr huge costume costs. We provide our Student’s with their uniform and supply costumes for all of our productions. We do NOT charge for compulsory uniform or charge for costumes that you don’t get to keep and only require a small refundable deposit which you get back on return of the costume.

Annual Shows at Major Yorkshire Theatres

We hold our annual shows at professional theatres across Yorkshire. Our past venues have included The City Varieties in Leeds, The Royal Hall in Harrogate and the Carriageworks in Leeds.

Small Class Sizes

We have a limited student to teacher ratio to ensure the best quality group tuition there is never more than 14 students per teacher in our main school and 6 students per teacher for our Early Years Class.

Live Performance Opportunities

We believe in providing as many opportunities to perform as we can and in addition to our Annual Show we perform our own annual pantomimes where students are involved in the writing and pre-production, we also provide opportunities to perform at charity events independent of the stage school including events like The Candy Ball and Theatre in the Woods as well as other charity casting opportunities through our agency.

Free No Obligation Trial

We always offer a free no obligation trial which can be arranged by appointment in addition to holding regular Open Mornings/Afternoons for potential students.

 

Locations and Times

Oulton, South Leeds

Our Oulton, South Leeds School is based at Royds School (Specialist Language College) and is held on:-

Saturday Morning's 9am - 12noon.

Click Here for Directions and Map or read more about our South Leeds Stage School on our Oulton Stage School Page

Boston Spa, North Leeds and Wetherby

Our Boston Spa, North Leeds and Wetherby School is based at Boston Spa Village Hall and is held on:-

Saturday Afternoon's 2pm - 5pm.

Click Here for Directions and Map or read more about our North Leeds / Wetherby Stage School on our Boston Spa Stage School Page.

Wakefield, Castleford and Ossett

Our Wakefield, Castleford and Ossett Stage School is based at Horbury Academy in Horbury and is held on:-

Saturday Afternoon's 1pm - 4pm

Our Wakefield Stage School is held at Horbury Academy, Horbury, Wakefield, WF4 5HE

Arrange a free No Obligation Trial at our new Wakefield School or contact us to arrange your visit on the next open day - no previous experience necessary for ages 6-18yrs.

 Click here for Wakefield Directions and Map school you can go to our Wakefield Stage School page.

*NEW Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon

Our Newest stage school covers Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon and will be based at Ashville College, Harrogate and will be held on:-

Saturday Morning's 10am - 1pm.

Click Here for Directions and Map or read more about our Harrogate Stage School on our Harrogate Stage School Page

Who We Are...

Our Teachers

We ensure all of our teachers are qualified, dedicated professionals who care about our students. As a small independent stage school and not a franchise we care about each of our student’s welfare and personal development, we believe consistency in teaching is important and as such we don’t believe in swapping our staff/teachers. We hand pick all of our teachers based on skills, experience, qualifications and dedication. All of our teachers are Enhanced CRB Checked now known as DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Checked.

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What We Do...

Syllabus Ethos

Our stage school syllabus is an ever changing proven mix of music, drama, dance, and creative lessons working towards not just performances but internationally recognised qualifications in performing arts through optional exams. 

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Session Structure

Our Session Structure alters from time to time dependant on what our students are working towards e.g. Performances and Exams. A typical session would normally run as follows (with each age/ability group alternating between the classes).

10 minutes

Registration followed by a Dance/Movement Warm Up

40 minutes

of Drama

40 minutes

of Music Theatre

10 minutes

BREAK

40 minutes

of Dance / Movement

40 minutes

of Performance Skills

 

Classes

Our classes are separated by age and ability and limited by a strict student to teacher ratio of 14 students to 1 teacher to ensure the best possible group tuition. Students need to take a small entrance exam to join our stage school, but don’t worry! This is only to help us to place students in the appropriate groups for future exams and to find out each person’s individual strengths.

We hold separate sittings for Drama exams and Music Theatre exams allowing students to be correctly placed according to their strengths in individual subjects prior to relevant exams. The groups are reviewed constantly and this helps create a more diverse group dynamic much like a real-life audition or casting situation. The groups are also brought together to work in a cast environment for events including live performances, group exams, pantomimes and shows.

 

Mission Statement

Big Red Curtain will provide high quality tuition of music, drama, dance and performance in a family orientated environment. Our Tuition will not only build confidence but provide essential life skills, as well as providing the opportunity to work towards recognised qualifications in performing arts. We endeavour to provide our students with opportunities to perform not just in our own productions but through paid and charity work from our Casting Agency.