We were honoured to perform at the Bellevue Road festival! It was great fun and wonderful to meet lots of new parents and children who want to join the Lets Act family.
Congratulations to our Superstar Brooke for gaining a role in this very moving advert! We are so proud Xxxx
We love to hear your feedback on our classes -
Lets Act has transformed my daughter from a shy quiet little girl to a confident performer. It has been a journey and pleasure as a parent to watch her development and confidence grow. Special friends and teachers make it a nurturing family environment. Thank you. Vicky Snowden Mum to Holly age 9 and Lucy age 5.
At Lets Act we have recently been working on our audition technique. Below is some feedback that I gave my students which any parents with aspiring actors may be interested in reading.
IMPORTANT FEEDBACK FROM AUDITIONS SO FAR -
Guys I am so impressed with your auditions this year! It is wonderful to see how much you have developed! One thing I did notice is that everyone needs to react to the character they are talking to when they are speaking. In life we listen - react - respond and acting is no different. I noticed that students were in character when speaking their lines but lost the character when they weren't speaking. Try to stay in character all the time. Put your focus on the character you are talking too instead of yourself and your lines.If you really listen to what the character you are talking to is saying it will help you to remember your lines as you are responding to what they are saying. This will make a big difference to your success at TV and commercial castings. The camera is very close on your face so you can't afford to have even a second where you aren't in character.
COULD YOUR CHILD BE THE NEXT WEST END SUPER STAR? EXCITING STUFF!
Its horrible when things don't go as we planned! Plus with the added pressure of social media our lives are more public than ever!
When I was small mum would take a picture of me in my uniform that would ONLY go in the family album (thank the lord as I wasn't an attractive child! My hair looked like mum had got a bowl and cut round it....) But now school uniform shots are allover Facebook. We literally seem to share everything, which is great when things go right but what about when they don't.
I teach LAMDA exams and am lucky that most of the time the children and parents get the marks that they want, but sometimes a child will get a high merit not a distinction which naturally leads to disappointment. Parents are so supportive of their children that I often feel that they feel they have let their child down. The child on the other hand feels that they have upset their parents... so this is a vicious circle. My advice to a parent is-
1. When given the result PLEASE don't cry or get upset. You are crying because you don't want your child to be upset and you know how hard they worked, so its heart breaking for you. A child perceives this as having let you down. This can lead to a child having a fear of exams or assessments as they start to struggle with the pressure.
2. Reassure your child that this isn't the end of the world. Tomorrow is another day and you can work through this together. Sometimes when children get a lower grade than friends they start to feel alone and isolated. Its great for them to know that they have the full support of their parents.
3. Reiterate that a mistake is only a mistake when you don't learn from it. At any age we are all learning. Nobody knows everything there is to know. In life we all face hard times and sometimes things go wrong, but we learn from our mistakes and that is what makes us stronger, smarter and more resilient.
4. Assess, evaluate, plan then move on - Assess what went wrong, make a plan to fix it next time then move on without dwelling. If a child sees or hears that them not making the grade is an issue it becomes a bigger problem which in the long term will be harder to fix.
5. Know you are doing a great job as a parent... if you weren't you wouldn't be feeling any of the above.
Drama and musical theatre classes are fantastic for improving childrens confidence and wellbeing. The friends I made at my childhood drama school have remained my friends for life! Not all children feel that they fit in at main stream school, with the large numbers of children of all ages it can be quite intimidating. Drama class provides a safe and nurturing environment where children can be themselves, have their own opinion and grow.
As a child I was quite outspoken and didn't always behave..... I attended a nursery class run by nuns and was asked to leave as I kept biting the other children, my mum felt lost, upset and alone. Not all children are the same and its important to find a language that you and your child both understand. I didn't cope well with being told off , this led to me feeling frustrated and angry making my behaviour worse. Drama gave me an opportunity to let loose and be myself, through this my behaviour improved.
If I can give anything to my students I want them to take away a feeling of self worth and importance from our classes. They are special because they are them! Every little quirk they have is what makes them individual and special. Drama is one of the only activities that doesn't force children to conform, the more individual they are the better!
What an amazing first week back! Lots of cuddles and fantastic tales of the summer, plus AMAZING LAMDA RESULTS! The reports were a joy to read with some wonderful comments!
Tuesday Inters Distinction certificates
Isobelle Gained the top mark of the session with 96 marks
Some wonderful comments from the examiner!
Well done Noor who gained 95 marks!
So proud of the comments below!
Great theatre makes you laugh, cry and feel. Funny girl did all this and more! I am a massive fan of the film with Barbara Streisand so had high expectations. This can often can lead to disappointment when a show doesn't live up to my hopes but Sheridan Smith delivered more than I thought possible! She was incredible and took the whole audience on Fanny's journey.
Sheridan was born in Doncaster and is a figure for all Lets Act children to aspire to be! She worked hard and fought for everything that she has. Last night Sheridan took the time to speak to every single person who waited outside the stage door for her, often for a few minutes.
I believe that Sheridan is proof that if you work hard and aim for the sky you will reach the stars! Believe in yourself children, it doesn't matter where you come from or how much money you have talent and hard work will always win.
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