Welcome

SOTE - WELCOME

Welcome to SOTE : School of Theatre Excellence.

In 2014 we opened our School in Brighton, where we live. We have been thrilled with the success of the school, which is based in Marina Studios in Brighon Marina. As well as our Saturday classes during term times we have also established both Easter Schools and Summer Schools, which have quickly built a fantastic reputation.

In August 2016 we launched our Full Time Dance and  Musical Theatre Foundation Course, which has been a fantastic success.  Students aged 18+ train with us Monday-Thursday 8.30am-4.30pm. at The Dance Workshop in Moseley, Birmingham This intensive 30 week course is designed to equip students with a level of Acting, Singing and Dancing ready for Drama School.  Our vision to establish a Full Time 3 year Musical Theatre Course in Birmingham will soon become a reality.

Everyone at SOTE is treated the same.  The strongest singer receives the same training as the strongest dancer, the strongest dancer receives the same training as the strongest actor.  We home in on each individual’s strengths as well as their weaknesses.

We offer a FREE TASTER for each new student, this is to ensure that the school is right for you.  

We look forward to welcoming you to SOTE.

Birmingham

SOTE: Birmingham
Our Birmingham school opened in 2010 and offers Musical Theatre training for ages 6-18Students 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).

Public Transport:
Buses 1, 35 & 50.

Parking:
There is a pay and display car park opposite the Post Office in the centre of the village. just 2 minutes walk.

Brighton

Our Brighton school opened in 2014 and offers Musical Theatre training for ages 6-15 every Saturday afternoon in term times.

Students study an all round Musical Theatre package consisting of Musical Theatre Ballet, Jazz, 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.

Our school is designed for nurturing talented students who have an enthusiasm for Acting, Singing & Dancing and love to perform.  To join we encourage students to take a FREE taster where you will train with our current students. You will also get a private singing lesson. At the end of the day we will have a short chat with both you and your parents discussing everything which you have learnt and what you would like to achieve by joining the school.

Throughout the term we encourage parents to watch a performance class, which your child will perform in.

SOTE Brighton session time is Saturday 12.30pm – 4pm (Ages 6-10)  1pm – 5.00pm (Ages 11-15)

Lessons are:
Company Class (all Levels)
Choral Singing class
Acting, Script work & Improvisation
Musical Theatre Jazz
Regular Performance classes

In addition to this, at no extra cost, SOTE hold regular West End workshops hosted by West End performers from that production. SOTE Students also have one to one private technique and singing classes. Singing lessons happen in two blocks, technique, then repertoire. The students then get to perform their songs in front of the group in an audition style set up in the performance classes. 

Our Brighton school is situated at Marina Studios 11 Mermaid Walk, in the Brighton Marina Village

Public Transport:
The Number 7 bus stops directly infront of the studio. The number 7 bus runs every 10 minutes from Hove through Brighton’s City Centre, so getting to us couldn’t be easier.

Parking:
There is FREE parking at Brighton Marina

Agency

SOTE: Agency

Through our agency SOTE Agency we have been able to establish links with production companies and casting agents on both a local and national level. Our students can currently be seen in the brand new West End Musical SCHOOL OF ROCK as well as in local theatre productions and have previously appeared on Tv, Film and Radio. – We are so proud of the successes they have had.

To contact us regarding using our students in your production email info@soteagency.co.uk or call our agency office on 01273 457734

Contact

SOTE Contact

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