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Hello What a start to the year at Centrestage! It has been such a special time with so much to celebrate. Welcome to our 3rd edition of ‘Your Centrestage’! It’s incredible to be in Springtime already but time certainly flies when we’re having fun! We have had the most wonderful start to the year, welcoming new faces across our activities and projects and engaging in all things fun, food, folk. Our front cover with the iconic image of Kilmarnock Academy signifies the next chapter of our Centrestage story. After so much hard work from our team and our colleagues at East Ayrshire Council, we can confirm that the historic landmark will be Centrestage’s future home, allowing us to bring all our activities together as we work to regenerate the site with the arts at the heart. With so much planned, we will keep you posted over the coming weeks and months as we go forward on this journey together. The new season has seen so many wonderful productions already, from our “Nashville New Year” to “A Richt Guid Nicht”, followed by three stunning original dance productions -Edward Scissorhands’, “Bridge to Terabithia” and most recently “Lost Boy”- all created by our very own Marlisa Ross. As if that wasn’t enough, our wonderful young people of Team North West, Shortlees and Ardeer all staged performances of “Hairspray jr” to packed audiences of family and friends. We are so proud of everyone involved. Late January, Centrestage won the Scottish ‘Community Award’ at the Federation of Small Business Awards in Edinburgh. To have been nationally recognised by the FSB is a privilege we never anticipated. Thank you to everyone who has been part of our Centrestage story so far. Here’s to many more years of fun, food and folk! Now it’s time to get ready for Kiltwalk 2018 and we are on a mission this year to fundraise for our first ever Centrestage Bus! This bus will make it possible for us to bring folks from across Ayrshire to be part of Centrestage even more than before, and will also allow us to take Centrestage Performers of all ages out “on tour” to the wider community, reducing loneliness and building connections.

Please get involved if you can and if you’d like to walk with us, speak to any of our KIltwalk Ambassadors or sign up now at www.thekiltwalk.co.uk. We’ll even be providing transport to Balloch for everyone who needs it too! Let’s dae it!

#wanderforthebus #CSKiltwalk2018

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Your Centrestage Contents...

Fun: •

Nashville New Year

Scissorhands Special

Centrestage’s First Fringe Festival

You Can’t Stop The Beat

The Lads in Stewarton

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Food: •

A Richt Guid Nicht

Centrestage On The Road

Folk: •

‘We Won’

Centrestage Weans Stories

Bringing Generations Together

Heart & Soul of Cumnock

Kilmarnock Academy, “We’re Coming!”

Coding at Connect

Get Ready to Feel Inspired

Centrestage at Kiltwalk 2018

Creative Learning What’s On

Contributions by... Fiona McKenzie Frank Gormanley Kim Black Jack Sutton Valerie Barr Heather Taylor Nina Russell Stuart Bird Jonny Griffen Eoghann MacColl Elaine Convery Fiona Dawson Jamie Littlehales Sarah Convery Ewan Carmichael Design: Robert Baird

#funfoodfolk

PAGE 18. We’ve added #payitforward to When taking a paper copy, we would appreciate any #payitforward donation that you can give. This will go straight back into supporting our projects across Centrestage!

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Fun


CENTRESTAGE AMBASSADORS

Kickstart 2018 with Nashville New Year Checked shirts, jeans, cowboy boots and Stetsons were dusted down on 13th January for the first cabaret of 2018 -

Nashville New Year! The show was hosted by our very own Stuart Bird who introduced our performers performing country classics old and new to our capacity audience who sang along from the start, ending with everyone on their feet for the company line dance medley! We were also delighted to welcome our special guests making their very first onstage appearance at CS. Danny Cafferkey delighted everyone with his renditions of “Folsom Prison Blues” and “The Gambler” and our lovely girl band from Team Connect gave a wonderful performance of “Rolling in the Deep”. We look forward to many more future performances from all of them! The night was made even more special as our unique “Text the Bar” service was also providing an all- American snacks menu prepared by our in-house chefs for the very first time.

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Scissorhands Special Based on the 1990 film of the same name, Edward Scissorhands follows the story of Edward, who has scissors for hands, trying to adapt to normal life in a suburban town. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a turn for the worse. After the success of Blackout and Suffragette which ended our 2017 dance programme, there was a very high bar to meet. This bar was well and truly reached with ‘Edward Scissorhands’ which was our first ever sold out dance production! It was choreographed by Marlisa Ross and performed by the Centrestage Dance Theatre Company.

This performance also featured the first lead dance role for Matt Allison who played a very sweet and vulnerable Edward and the audience immediately warmed to him and invested in his story. Edward’s skills with scissors are almost as incredible as Skye Burt’s skills with a makeup brush! Edward’s fantastic makeup helped bring this production to life and it was created by our very own Skye who also danced and performed in the show. Our first dance production of the year has launched the 2018 dance calendar with style, success and scissors!

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‘CONNECTED’ with Scissorhands

A total of 17 young people from Leadership Connect were involved in creating props and scenery for this wonderful show. The prototypes of the Scissorhands gloves worn by the dancers were devised and made by a group from Kilmarnock Academy. They had a total of 12 pairs to complete, so gradually other groups became involved in the making of them. Several sculptures were also required to represent trees and bushes which had been trimmed into various shapes. These were made by forming chicken wire and attaching it to an armature. Many pairs of hands were involved in covering the forms with paper, fabric and paint to give a variety of finishes. The set for the show was created by the technical department at Centrestage, and a team from Connect visited the theatre to add details to the ground row such as windows and trees. It was a great opportunity for our Connect team to be involved in this way and they were rightly proud to see their work on stage.

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HEAR FROM THE LEAD Matt Allison “If you’d told me 3 years ago when I applied for a job at Centrestage as a Pianist that I’d be playing the lead in a dance show I would have told you

you were being ridiculous! When I started at CS I had played for a few musicals and been in a few myself. I’m fairly confident on stage singing and acting but I have never been confident in my dancing and it has always been minimal. I’ve now been in a few dance shows, often as a

comedy relief character or playing incidental roles like policemen or doctors which was great as it meant I could either miss out most of the trickier dances or generally hide at the back! Naturally when Edward Scissorhands was cast, I was really worried about it. On more than one occasion I did ask Marlisa if she was sure about her casting, but she and everyone in the company were so supportive and encouraging, and the experience has really boosted my confidence. This show was really special to me and I’m really grateful to Marlisa for always encouraging me and pushing me out of my comfort zone, I’ve had a great time!”

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CENTRESTAGE’S FIRST Fringe Festival In February, we hosted our first ever Fringe Festival. This wonderful evening of song, comic sketches and drama was a huge success and had the audience laughing, crying and singing. The evening also featured first ever performances from our two newest Acting companies, the CS Young Actors and the CS Junior Actors. Our Junior Actors, aged 8-11 yrs, performed an exciting extract from an adaptation of ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl and a variety of

short monologues. Our Young Actors, aged 12-14 yrs, then performed an extract from ‘The Mobile Phone Show’ which depicted the positive and negative effects mobile phone culture has had on young people. Our adult CS Actors Company performed a selection of classic comedy sketches and monologues. In particular, they paid homage to the late Victoria Wood with a selection of her best loved scenes. The Fringe was also delighted to welcome two very special musical guests. Jocelyn Zoe Skaaning, is a well known face at Centrestage, having performed, written and directed in many of our productions over the years.

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We look forward to many more

appearances from Jocelyn in 2018! A recent new friend to Centrestage, Watt Nicol, is a world - renowned folk singer, songwriter, motivational speaker, storyteller and life-coach and we have been delighted to welcome him and his lovely wife Helen to many shows and

events this year. After his fantastic Immortal Memory at our “Richt Guid Nicht” in January, we had to invite him back and his performance at our Fringe was touching and funny in equal measure. It was wonderful to see performers aged 8 -82yrs from across our Centrestage

community coming together in this eclectic evening. A fabulous evening was had by all. The performers excelled and the audience left with a smile on their face.

Make sure to book tickets for the big 2018 production brought to you by the CS Actors, “Allo Allo”. This play was previously performed by the company in 2016 and is returning by popular demand. Don’t

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YOU CAN’T Stop The Beat

February saw three of our young CS communities present the smash hit musical Hairspray Jnr. The specially adapted version is tailored for young performers and our communities have been working “It was an amazing experience. I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed all of the dances and absolutely loved my costume.” - Abbie (aged 15)

Shortlees

hard, rehearsing since August. Our three young companies, from Shortlees, Ardeer & North West, presented the show over three weekends in February, featuring a combined cast of over 90 performers! Add to that, the Hairspray Tech Team, the Front of House Team & Chef Teams, three different production teams and of course the fabulous and enthusiastic audiences… the project overall involved over 600 people! We caught up with Jonny Griffen (Pictured), Project Co-ordinator to chat all things Hairspray! “It’s been an amazing experience to bring Hairspray to the stage across our Communities. One of the most exciting things is

“I wish I could travel back to hairspray because it was one of the best weekends ever! We all were dancing and singing with each other and just having an amazing time! The show was fabulous because we all were so excited and encouraging each other and no smile was put on.” - Gemma (aged 14)

Ardeer

watching different interpretations of the show and

how each Community production varies. Audience reaction has been great too…the support has been incredible!”

And coming soon in Summer 2018, we are looking forward to presenting our Communities Cabarets….watch this space! “I really like being the policeman in the big Dollhouse number.” - Alexander (aged 5)

Northwest

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THE UNLIKELY LADS in Stewarton Our fabulous ‘Unlikely Lads’ are no strangers to performing live gigs now

and are highly in demand to entertain folk across Ayrshire. They have been invited several times by St Johns Church in Stewarton and are always delighted to attend. The welcome the ‘Lads’ receive is always enthusiastic. The Stewarton audience sing along from the very start and the Lads received a standing ovation after their performance, which included their brand new ’Shooders’ medley as well as their classic rendition of “Glory, Glory Hallelujah”. We are always delighted when the Stewarton men in the audience join the Lads for an impromptu performance. Watch this space to see how this develops in 2018! #Ladsontour The Lads are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and will be performing at our first Cumnock community performance in June.

In the meantime the lads are limbering up for the Kiltwalk on 29th April where they will be entertaining as part of the Centrestage pitstop at the “Wee Wander”. We hope to see you there as they blast out their encouraging rendition of “500 miles” ... over and over again!

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Food


It was ‘A Richt Guid Nicht’ This year marked our 7th annual Richt Guid Nicht and it remains one of our absolute highlights of the year, bringing our audience together for our own modern take on the traditional Burns night. For many of our performers, this was their first time on stage, a real landmark in their Centrestage journey. Our programme mixed traditional Burns with contemporary classics and everyone from Weans to Watt gave wonderful performances, with a real highlight being Cameron Hill’s unique take on “Tam ‘O Shanter” .

Our wonderful chefs provided a magnificent three course meal of soup, haggis and

cranachan and we are all looking forward to next year’s Nicht already!

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CENTRESTAGE ON THE ROAD The CS On The Road team has been motoring on across Ayrshire towards Spring. We’ve just thawed out from the festive period, that saw us share over 500 Christmas dinners with our communities and delivered over 200 gifts for children, with incredible support from our friends at Cash For Kids. We have now arrived in

Spring and since the last publication of ‘Your Centrestage’ we have distributed over 34,000 portions of food to over 2,300 families in Ayrshire and offered Catalyst support to hundreds of individuals. We are also delighted to welcome Sheena Boyd into the fold as the new Catalyst Communities Manager. Sheena joins us following an impressive career at Santander and brings with

her a great deal of experience and even more personality.

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Every penny makes a difference! Can you help? Our Centrestage terramundi pots are an easy way to help raise much needed funds that go straight back into support our community of projects. Simply sign up at reception for your FREE pot. Take home or to your place of work, add your change across the months, and every August the terramundi club come together and have the annual smashathon (great fun) where we find out our fundraising total for the year.

Sound good? For more information, speak with a member of reception team today!


Folk


‘We Won’ What a great way to kick off 2018 by picking up the ‘Community Award’ at the Scottish Federation of Small Business Awards held in Edinburgh back in January. The awards showcase the best small businesses from the length and breadth of Scotland. offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last twelve months, Judges were impressed by the work and engagement that we are championing across our Ayrshire communities. Our CEO, Fiona McKenzie, said, “It’s such a privilege to receive this award on behalf of everyone who has been part of our Centrestage story so far. Here’s to many more years of fun, food and folk!”.

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Centrestage Weans!

Jamie Littlehales

Sarah Convery

Ewan Carmichael

– I don’t know what I would do without Centrestage. Centrestage is my life. I would be forced to play football if it wasn’t for Centrestage. Centrestage is basically my second home; in fact, it’s mostly my first home.

– I have had so many good CS moments. Every day I look forward to Saturdays. Everyone is treated the same, as equals, no matter what age you are. Everyone knows everyone else. At school a teacher talks, and we must listen, but at Centrestage they listen to us. You’re just part of a big community.

– Centrestage is a huge happy family. Everyone knows everyone else. The best thing about CS is that it brought me out of my shell and gave me an idea of what I could be. It has brought me closer to my friends. The team are so supportive of one another. They never rush away saying they are too busy. The main thing about Centrestage is trust.

On volunteering with Aspire: I learned a lot from doing the Aspire panto because I know better how to get along with people that aren’t like me. My favourite CS moment was when I joined Jinx and when I meet my friends there.

We love to hear stories from across our Centrestage Communities

On volunteering at Musical Generations: The shows and classes are just a tiny part of what goes on at Centrestage. I really like helping with MG. Even if the people at MG don’t get up to dance, you can see that they are enjoying it. It’s the power of music bringing people together. For people who have dementia, when they hear their music they feel young again – they remember it and feel happy. Doing MG is really nice because the people were so grateful that we had been singing and they said, “Thank you so much!” and it was heart-warming.” Doing MG is nice because it makes me feel special and part of the community.

On volunteering with Aspire: I loved doing the panto with the Aspire class as it just opened my eyes to other people. I also liked helping with MG. My favourite CS moment is walking through the door. I like helping with the wee ones and when I got my CS badge. I am very excited about what’s going to happen at Kilmarnock Academy when all the projects like Connect will be in the same place. FunFoodFolk is what’s it’s all about. Mostly it’s about the folk because everyone who wants to can take part.

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If you’re unable to attend our ‘Art at The Heart’ workshop, here is your chance to find your inner artist! Draw something ... use your imagination, submit it to our CS reception team and we will share them on our social media channels - go on!


CENTRESTAGE BRINGS GENERATIONS TOGETHER

Through the Arts An exciting new partnership at Centrestage launched recently as we were lucky enough to be joined by P1-2 pupils from Annanhill Primary for our weekly Musical Generations session at Grange Nursing Home where it all started! The children joined hands, sang and danced along with the residents to a whole host of intergenerational classics from ‘ Three Craws’ and ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ to “Ally Bally‘ and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. Great fun was had by all, and it was lovely to

see the different generations interacting so well. The residents were on a high for the rest of the day, and couldn’t stop talking about all their new wee pals!

A wonderful session with so many memories created with many more to look forward to!

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HEART & SOUL of Cumnock It has been a busy time at Heart and Soul with so many events happening and new friendships being made. One of our special days was a

party to welcome our very own Spice Girls who have recently relocated their group to their new home within Heart and Soul.

The women from the Rana group have been a big part of the Heart and Soul story and have recently moved their weekly catch ups into our Cumnock home. The welcome party was a great event which everyone enjoyed and it was great to see all the women enjoying themselves. As with all Heart and Soul musical events, the lovely Stuart Bird was there to lead all the women in song!

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KILMARNOCK ACADEMY will have

‘The Arts at the Heart’


Who would have thought when we opened the doors at James Little

Street in Kilmarnock back in 2006

that twelve years later we would be

announcing an incredibly exciting move to Kilmarnock Academy.

We are delighted to be working to relocate

in safe hands!

all of our activities to the iconic Kilmarnock landmark and are very grateful to East Ayrshire Council, The Scottish Government and The Hunter Foundation for their advice and support in making this a reality. So, the site is in safe hands and we will do everything we can to regenerate Kilmarnock Academy for the Town and the wider Ayrshire community, breathing new air into the space with the ‘arts at the heart’. The original building opened in 1898 and over the year has welcomed thousands of students through the doors including two Nobel Laureates – Sir Alexander Fleming and Sir John Boyd Orr. We are committed and focused on ensuring that Kilmarnock Academy receives the care and attention it so rightly deserves and retains its place as a key part of Kilmarnock's heritage and a place of learning where the community will come together for generations to come. Fiona McKenzie, CEO of Centrestage said “To be able to retain the Kilmarnock Academy site as an educational facility from which the whole community, regardless of age, background or experience, will be able to benefit is a true privilege and challenge and is not a decision that we have taken lightly. As an organisation, we are utterly committed to recreating Kilmarnock Academy as a destination for the whole community to be able to come together, to celebrate and respect its history and to work together to create new stories for the future. “ This is the start of a new chapter for Centrestage and to ensure the community is kept up to date throughout the transition, a temporary design office has been positioned at Centrestage, 11-13 James Little Street and over the coming weeks and months project plans will be shared with you all to gain a true sense of the journey ahead. If you would like more information on the developments, please call Centrestage on 01563 551505

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CODING at CONNECT... ‘RISE FROM Digital Slumber’ Recently in Connect, we launched a pilot class in the coding programme 'Scratch'. This is aimed at reaching young people to develop their natural skills in digital technology whilst giving them the opportunity to meet other young people and socialise in real-time. Working on a Raspberry Pi 3, we started looking at moving characters or gifs to give them their correct name, adding backgrounds and sound. The learning is being led by the young people and Connect leaders. One of our learners, Jamie Fulton, has also started to build a fantastic virtual hand on the ‘Blender’ programme based on 'Thing' from ‘The Addams Family’. We are hoping Jamie will join the coding group going forward as he will be a wonderful peer mentor. Thanks also to Sòlas MacColl, who has been instrumental in bringing additional social skills and IT knowledge to the sessions. Digital and virtual worlds can be utilised to bring young people together in many positive ways. We are responding and building the strengths, interests and skills of our young people, helping them apply them to a positive future, using the most advanced and relevant technology that we can. Watch this space, this is an area in which Connect is going to grow and grow.

#socialisolation #risefromdigitalslumber

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Get ready TO FEEL INSPIRED

FIONA DAWSON IS ON A MISSION! Here at Centrestage, we see on average around 1100 class participants weekly, across a whole range of different activities including musical theatre, dance, acting, tech theatre and additional support needs. One of our most inspirational and truly unforgettable members is Fiona Dawson who attends all 3 Aspire classes on a Thursday evening. Fiona has been on quite the journey since she first attended Centrestage over 4 years ago performing in many shows, performances and pantomimes. However, it has been Fiona’s amazing work outside Centrestage which has given her national recognition. Fiona is a huge lover of swimming, winning the first ever Learning Disabilities Award in 2017 for her sporting achievements in competitive swimming. So far, she has competed at 5 Special Olympics and 3 Down’s Syndrome World Championships, swimming all over the world and winning medals at the highest level. Adding to these achievements, Fiona also completed her swimming coaching badges, to the UK highest recognised level, and now helps out poolside with school swimming lessons at the Citadel in Ayr and will be a keynote speaker at the World Down’s Syndrome Conference this year. Splitting her time between swimming, coaching, volunteering, art classes and Aspire here at Centrestage, Fiona takes it all in her stride with her drive, ambition and determination.

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It’s that time of year again when we get the tartan looked ‘oot’ and this year,

we’re on a mission to make a difference. On Sunday 29th April 2018, thousands will descend in Balloch for the annual ‘Kiltwalk,’ an incredible event that brings communities together from throughout Scotland, to walk in aid of their chosen charity. This is a significant event for Centrestage and this year we want to make it our biggest and best yet. Why we’re doing it… As social isolation and loneliness continues to grow across Ayrshire, we’re on a mission to change this. Every penny raised this year will help towards funding our first ever ‘Centrestage Bus’, yes - that’s right! A wonderful #funfoodfolk bus. Lack of transport pan-Ayrshire stops folks being able to attend Gie it Laldy, Musical Generations, Aspire or our Shows and Productions, resulting in limited social engagement or activity. Help us change this and take a

‘Wee Wander’ with us on Sunday 29th April and let’s make a difference.

It’s easy to wander with us, here’s how… visit www.thekiltwalk.co.uk Register with all your details

‘The Wee Wander’ is free for under 5-year olds, £6.33 for children and £12.66 for adults

Select Centrestage as your chosen Charity Lookout your Tartan Start Fundraising We will provide return transport from Centrestage

to Balloch on the day, only asking for a #payitfoward donation.

See you on Sunday 29th April


Join us for the ‘Wee Wander’ as we raise funds for our Centrestage Bus Sunday 29th April 2018 |

Glasgow #cswanderforthebus


March 2018 - June 2018


Musical Theatre

About our MT program...

Musical Theatre is at the heart of everything we do at Centrestage. Including singing, acting and dance, the Musical Theatre program is available from 4 years and upwards. There are five main streams within the program including Wee Stars (47yrs), 8-11yrs, 12-14yrs, 15-21yrs and our flagship adult CS Performers company. Each of the Musical Theatre companies produce two productions a year (generally a Showcase and a Main production) with our CS Performers company producing two major musicals and a showcase. As with all classes at Centrestage, the classes are open to everyone regardless of age or experience/ability. Come along...and get involved! Wee Stars (4-7yrs)

Monday

4.00pm - 5.00pm

£7.50

Wee Stars (4-7yrs)

Friday

4.00pm - 5.00pm

£7.50

Wee Stars (4-7yrs)

Saturday

9.45am - 10.45am

£7.50

Musical Theatre (8-11yrs)

Monday

5.00pm - 6.30pm

£9.50

Musical Theatre (8-11yrs)

Friday

5.00pm - 6.30pm

£9.50

Musical Theatre (8-11yrs)

Saturday

11.00am - 12.30pm

£9.50

Musical Theatre (12-14yrs)

Monday

4.30pm - 6.00pm

£9.50

Musical Theatre (12-14yrs)

Tuesday

4.30pm - 6.00pm

£9.50

Musical Theatre (15-21yrs)

Tuesday

7.30pm - 9.00pm

£10.00

CS Performers Company (18+yrs)

Wednesday

7.00pm - 9.00pm

£12.50

Dance

About our Dance program... Centrestage has a thriving dance program and a highly creative output in our theatre venue. Whether it’s the pre-school and primary classes (Awkward Turtles & Bedlam) or our various Dance Theatre options that seamlessly blend story, character with innovative dance elements...there are options to suit everyone. As with our busy Musical Theatre program, dance productions enjoy various levels of full scale production within our in house 200 seat venue. Dance Theatre 4-5yrs (Awkward Turtles)

Saturday

11.00am - 11.30am

£5.00

Dance Theatre 6-7yrs (Bedlam)

Saturday

9.15am - 9.45am

£5.00

Dance Theatre 8-11yrs (Jinx)

Saturday

10.00am - 11.00am

£7.50

Dance Theatre 12-14yrs (Mayhem)

Saturday

11.30am - 12.30pm

£7.50

Dance Theatre 15-18yrs (Fusion)

Monday

6.30pm - 7.30pm

£8.50

CS Dance Theatre Company 16 yrs+

Tuesday

6.15pm - 7.15pm

£8.50

Adult Dance Theatre Company (Women 25yrs+)

Wednesday

6.00pm - 6.45pm

£6.00

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Technical Theatre About our Technical Theatre program... None of our shows could happen without the time, talent and dedication of the members of our Technical Theatre classes. This class develops knowledge of the theatre and its technology, including sound, lighting, set design and set building. Participants learn theory concepts and practical skills as they work towards assisting the technical crew in live Centrestage performances

Technical Theatre (12+yrs)

Monday

7.00pm - 9.00pm

£8.00

Acting About our Acting program… Our main Actors company meet once a week and present a play once a year and also produce an informal showcase. From August 2017, we also have two new acting classes, our Junior Actors for 8-11 yrs and Young Actors for 12-14 yrs.

CS Actors Company (16yrs+)

Tuesday

7.30pm - 9.00pm

£7.50

CS Young Actors (12-16 yrs)

Tuesday

6.00pm - 7.00pm

£5.00

CS Junior Actors (8-11 yrs)

Saturday

12.30pm - 1.15pm

£5.00

Vocal

About our Vocal program… From our Heart & Soul Ladies group to our Chicks@6 group and our flagship Gospel & Soul choir….discover how singing can brighten up even the darkest of days! Our Gospel & Soul Choir present two major concerts each year in our theatre.

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CS Gospel & Soul Choir (10+yrs)

Friday

7.00pm - 8.30pm

£9.00

Chicks@6 (10+yrs)

Friday

6.00pm - 6.45pm

#payitforward

Heart & Soul Voices @ CS

Wednesday

1.30pm - 3.00pm

#payitforward


Pre-School

Our popular pre-school activities feature two different streams. Our Wriggle & Rhyme (0-2yrs) offer a great opportunity for social & play interaction… not just for the kids but parents too! Our Teeny Talent program incorporates song, music, soft play around a weekly theme. Why not try our fun intergenerational music and movement session Teenys Gie It Laldy?

Wriggle & Rhyme (0-2yrs)

Tuesday

9.45am - 10.30am

£3.00

Wriggle & Rhyme (0-2yrs)

Thursday

10.00am - 10.45am

£3.00

Wriggle & Rhyme (0-2yrs)

Friday

10.00am - 10.45am

£3.00

Teeny Talent (2-4yrs)

Tuesday

10.45am - 11.30am

£3.00

Teeny Talent (2-4yrs)

Thursday

11.00am - 11.45am

£3.00

Teeny Talent (2-4yrs)

Friday

11.00am - 11.45am

£3.00

Teenys Gie It Laldy (0-4yrs)

Tuesday

2.00pm - 3.30pm

#payitforward

Additional Support Needs Our busy timetable of Additional Support Needs classes are an integral part of our Creative Learning program. The program incorporates all elements of performance including song, dance, acting & movement. Productions include our hugely popular Christmas panto!

Reach Out (Adult)

Tuesday

11.00am - Noon

£5.00

Aspire 2 Perform (15yrs+)

Tuesday

4.30pm - 5.30pm

£5.00

Aspire 2 Dance (15yrs+)

Thursday

4.00pm - 4.45pm

#payitforward

Rising Stars (5-14yrs)

Thursday

4.45pm - 5.30pm

#payitforward

Aspire 2 Act (15yrs+)

Thursday

4.45pm - 5.30pm

£5.00

Aspire 2 Perform (15yrs+)

Thursday

5.30pm - 6.30pm

£5.00

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What’s On


Stuart Bird Head of Creative Learning & Production

SPRING HAS SPRUNG…AND APPARENTLY…. THERE’S RAIN FORECAST! What better way to spring into….Spring (!) than with our exciting new Season of events & shows at Centrestage! The Spring season has kicked off with another fantastic original Dance Theatre production from our Creative Dance team and an imaginative re-telling the story of Peter Pan, ‘Lost Boy’. But don’t worry, there’s more for dance lovers as our fantastic 8-11 yrs Jinx company take to the stage with their dance musical, the classic ‘Toy Story’ on Saturday 12th May. For those who love their comedy, don’t miss the hilarious ‘Allo Allo’ in May. Music lovers have plenty to look forward to as we get ‘Wired for Sound’ featuring a host of classic 80s anthems and our 15-21 yrs MT company bring us their contribution to our popular Generation MT season – featuring their tribute to movie musicals. Our flagship Gospel & Soul Choir return to the stage again with a fantastic evening of gospel & pop hits in Summer Soul and don’t miss our Wee Stars in their time travelling mini-musical Blast from the Past! We haven’t forgotten our musical lovers of course, and we have not one, but three heading to our wee theatre this season. Our three 8-11 yrs MT companies present a specially adapted version of the musical comedy ‘The Addams Family’ whilst our 12-14 yrs MT companies bring you the brilliant contemporary pop/rock musical about being a teenager and living with labels in ‘13 The Musical’. However, for those who love a big helping of showbiz, you don’t want to miss the highlight of the season as our CS Performers bring you the classic MGM musical ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. This much loved musical features a host of hit songs including Good Morning, Make Em Laugh and of course the timeless title track ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. I can confirm it will actually rain on stage! So pick your seats carefully and get seated in the Splash Zone! Tickets are selling fast so…book today!

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AN AFTERNOON WITH

ASPIRE2DANCE & RISING STARS

THURS 29TH MARCH @ 5.00PM TICKETS #PAYITFOWARD

Dance along with the Rising Stars and Aspire2Dance Company as they present a selection of their favourite numbers. It's going to be a fantastic experience for all and as a #payitforward event, every contribution is gratefully received.

GENERATION MT

SAT 31ST MARCH @ 7.00PM TICKETS £10/£8

Our 15-21 Musical Theatre company return hot on the heels of their last show The Beautiful Game with a fantastic showcase of song and dance. Featuring a host of musical hits old and new including a selection from current Broadway smash ‘Dear Evan Hansen’. .

WIRED FOR SOUND

SAT 14TH APRIL @ 7.00PM TICKETS £10/£8

Enjoy a night featuring the best tracks of the 80's and 90's along with the songs you secretly love! Let our performers rock your socks as you enjoy our fine selection of beverages. No need to get out your seats for sweet refreshments, with our text the bar service available on the night.

13 THE MUSICAL

SAT 28TH APRIL @ 3.00PM & 7.00PM SAT 5TH MAY @ 2.00PM & 5.00PM TICKETS £12/£10

13 The Musical brought to you by 12-14 MT is a fresh take on those high school labels – Geek, Poser, Jock, Beauty Queen, Wannabe. With a brilliant pop-rock score from Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is bursting with laughs, energy and heart.

TOY STORY A DANCE MUSICAL

SAT 12TH MAY @ 4.30PM TICKETS £10/£8

Our Jinx 8-11 Yrs Dance Company present their own special adaptation of the classic movie ‘Toy Story’. Featuring all your favourite characters including Woody and Buzz Lightyear.... it’s another quirky reimagining by Creative Dance Director Marlisa Ross.

‘ALLO ‘ALLO!

SAT 26TH MAY @ 7.00PM TICKETS £12/£10

A French cafe owner tries to ride out World War II, caught between the Gestapo and the Resistance, forced into working with both. The CS Actors fill the shoes of the British comedy icons in this hilarious adaption.

SUMMER GOSPEL & SOUL

SAT 2ND JUNE @ 7.00PM TICKETS £10/£8

Join the Centrestage Gospel & Soul Choir as they perform a selection of favourites old and new. Feel free to join in and sing along!

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YOUR

CENTRESTAGE COMPETITION It’s our ‘Spring Edition’ and here is your chance to win yourself two tickets to Singin’ In The Rain.

For your chance to win, simply locate the umbrella hidden within one of the pages of this issue of Your Centrestage. Your name: What page is the umbrella located?:

Contact information:

Tear or cut this section out and hand it to reception when next with us at Centrestage or email your answer, with above details to: reception@centrestagemusictheatre.co.uk All correct responses will be placed in a magic box and the winner will be randomly selected three weeks after edition publication date. Go on... get finding the umbrella!

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