Our Birmingham school opened in 2010 and offers Musical Theatre training for ages 6-18. Students study an all round Musical Theatre package consisting of Musical Theatre Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Choral Singing and Acting. Within the MT package students receive 1 to 1 Singing lessons, with regular Performance Classes where students perform solo songs in front of their group, or on many occasions to the whole school and parents. Many students come to SOTE with no previous experience which we very much encourage.
Opening our school in 2010 in a low key fashion to offer Musical Theatre training for ages 13-18 enabled us to structure the concept of SOTE to make what we offer different, our aim was not to be just another stage school, theatre School, or theatre workshop.
In September 2013 the school moved in a different direction when it was time to expand. Our unique Musical Theatre training was further developed to offer students aged 6 to 18, from all over the Midlands, a level of training akin to a full time stage school. On Sundays we have 4 groups of talented students who train with us for 5 hours. Sundays run from 11am to 4pm following our all round Musical Theatre syllabus of Musical Theatre Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Choral Singing and Acting.
Our aim has always been to put the Midlands back on the map. The school has established a fantastic reputation within the industry not only with leading Casting Directors from Theatre, Television and Film but also leading West End Colleges, where many of our students have gone on to continue their training.
This year SOTE produced a Variety Performance in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity at The New Alexandra Theatre featuring West End stars Marti Webb and Christopher Howard. Local comedians Barabra Nice and Steve Day were thrilled to appear. We also used other local performing arts groups to give them the opportunity of performing in a professional show. We raised £10.500 for The Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Due to the success of our Gala we aim to put one on each year raising money for local Midland charities. Last year a similar event we produced raised £7800 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
The School and students are assessed each year. We invite a leading specialist Children’s Casting Director, Verity Naughton from Jessica Renone Casting, and David Greenall (Head of Dance) from The Arts Educational Schools London. Students all get the opportunity to perform solo songs and monologues in front of the panel and receive professional feedback.
We offer a FREE taster for each new student, this is to make sure that the school is right for you.
Our Birmingham school is situated at The Dance Workshop in the heart of Moseley Village on the main Alcester Road (A435).
Buses 1, 35 & 50.
There is a pay and display car park opposite the Post Office in the centre of the village. just 2 minutes walk.