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Exciting times for The Regent Academy of Performing Arts

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Exciting times for The Regent Academy of Performing Arts
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THE REGENT Academy Of Performing Arts is opening its doors to new members as it looks to cast for two new shows.

They have invited two new practitioners to work with the young people of the Academy for the two shows. The first will be Emma Hill, whose recent work includes projects with Huddersfield’s Laurence Batley Theatre which will be based on looking at the world of ‘selfies.’

Simon Quinn, of Fired-up Theatre company based in Walsall, will be working with a second group from February on an as yet to be named piece.

Academy co-ordinator, Julia Barton, said: “We are currently casting two shows. The Academy have invited two amazing new practitioners to work with the young people, and we are currently seeking new youngsters to work on these fantastic productions. Both which will be staged in July.”

The Academy’s increasingly popular dance sessions will also premiere a new piece at this year’s 014 Dance event (12-15 February at The Regent Theatre) – titled ‘Lest We Forget,’ and is a celebration, reflection and remembrance to those who fought for our freedom during the Great War, and honouring those who have given their lives in more recent conflicts.

The Regent’s dance artist in residence, Caroline Sherratt, said: “We are almost at capacity for the Dance Academy but always welcome new members. There are some great opportunities ahead for our members with two new projects on the horizon and more to follow.”

Another new project the Academy is working on starts in April 2014. It will look at piloting a 12 week project which will help and support adults aged 17 or above to develop their CVs and perform audition speeches with a block of work structured to mirror a modern day rep company.

Julia added: “This new and exciting development starts in April 2014. It has always been the wish of The Regent Academy to be a bridge between formal education and drama school.

“We will be offering a series of small shows that a select group of individuals can be involved in and, whilst performing one show they will be rehearsing a second, marketing and promoting a third and possibly discussing a fourth, all in the space of ten weeks.

“These sessions will give participants a real feel for what theatre can be and we are looking for a core of around ten participants for an exciting pilot project which will run April to July.”

All sessions are fee paying and take place at The Victoria Hall.

For further details email regentacademy@live.co.uk or telephone 01782 211 214 or 07828 179614and ask for Julia Barton.

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