The School of Theatre Excellence is The Midland’s leading stage school, performing arts school and theatre school all rolled into one!
SOTE Birmingham opened in 2010 and offers musical theatre training for ages 7-18. Students study an all round musical theatre package consisting of musical theatre ballet, jazz, tap, choral singing and acting. Alongside group sessions students receive 1 to 1 singing lessons. Regular performance classes also offer students the opportunity to perform solos in front of their peer group, parents and industry professionals. Many students come to SOTE Birmingham with no previous experience, which we very much encourage, to receive a level of training akin to a full time stage school. On Sundays we have four groups of talented students who train with us for five hours. Sundays run from 11am to 4pm.
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.
In 2016 SOTE Birmingham produced a Variety Performance in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity at the New Alexandra Theatre. Our reputation secured such West End stars as Marti Webb and Christopher Howard along with local comedians Barbara Nice and Steve Day were also thrilled to appear. Other local performing arts groups were eager to be given the opportunity of performing in our professional show. We raised £10,500 for The Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. Due to the success of our Gala we aim to put one on each year raising money for local Midland charities. In 2015 a similar event we produced raised £7800 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
SOTE Birmingham were pleased to have two students in the original West End cast of the brand new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock. In 2015 we were asked to supply students for professional productions of Cinderella at the Barclaycard Arena and in 2016 students appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Birmingham Hippodrome. In 2014 we supplied all the children for Miracle on 34th Street at the Alexandra Theatre and many of our students appeared in A Christmas Carol at The Rep. At Christmas 2017 our students performed in Peter Pan at the Birmingham Arena and then transferred with the show to Wembley Arena. You can catch our students in the UK tour of Nativity the Musical and in Macbeth at the RSC.
On Sunday 25th June we showcased our students in our annual show New York, New York! at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. It was a fantastic evening of entertainment. There are many pictures in our gallery.
The School and students are assessed each year. We invite in a leading specialist Children’s Casting Director, Verity Naughton and Head of Dance from GAMTA Colleges, David Greenall. Students all have the opportunity to perform solo songs and monologues in front of the panel and receive professional feedback.
Our next FREE TASTER SESSION is on Saturday 10th Feb, for our new Saturday classescontact us to book a place.
SOTE Birmingham 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.