01. Emma from Leigh on SeaDear Sandra, As this is Elsa's last week with you as she is moving to Senior School. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for all the wonderful work your school has done with Elsa over the last couple of years. She has blossomed with confidence as is now aspiring to become a singer-songwriter. A couple of months ago she took part in a local gang show with the guides. During the performance she got up in front of an audience of over 200 adults and sang a duet with her friend perfectly. She stood on the stage proudly and confidently singing in perfect pitch.
I was so proud. I did not have a clue that she had become so stage present. She stood there like a real professional.
When we came back to live in Southend Elsa did not know a soul and was very shy. Your after school lessons were part of her assimilation into mixing with her peers. You also gave me a lot of encouragement as a single parent and I am very grateful. You have always spared your time with me and had the kids interest at heart. Thanks Sandy!
02. Lyn from Wickford"My son and daughter attend Singer Stage School and enjoy a variation of classes. The standard of training and advice on career prospects are very good. It's a very friendly and down to earth school which is attended by students from all over the county. Sandra and her tutors know their students very well and are always on hand to offer help and encouragement.
Since attending Singer Stage School my son has had the opportunity to attend auditions ranging from voice-overs, TV, theatre, and adverts. To date he has had lead roles in film (Disney's 101 Dalmatians II Patch's London Adventure, - as 'Patch'), TV drama (The Bill - as Taylor Little) and theatre (The Snowman, Sadlers Wells, London as 'The Boy'). He has also appeared in various adverts, promotional shoots for DVD's, and in TV (Eastenders)."
03. Fiona from WestcliffMy son had previously tried a couple of other stage-dance schools but didn't enjoy them. However, from day one at Sandra Singer's School, he settled in and looks forward to going each Saturday. In fact, he moans when it isn't on during the holidays and says he misses all his friends. He has done really well there. The training is excellent and has already had a part in a major TV series and an Award winning West End show as the lead child. I can't recommend it more highly.
04. Clare from Leigh on SeaMy girls first tried Sandra Singers Summer School in 2005 and enjoyed it so much they now attend every week. All the students and teachers have been really friendly and honest. It isn't your average stage school all about 'who's better than who and how much money they can con you out of'. It is about the children learning whilst having fun and being encouraged - not pushed.
05. Tracey from BillericaySaturday morning is the only time I don't have to moan at my two children to get out of bed! Everyone at Singer Stage School is really friendly and it's a great opportunity to meet new people with a common interest. The tutors do their best to make all the Stage School classes fun - sometimes the students forget they're learning things at the same time! It's great for boosting confidence in young people and building strength of character. The students' wellbeing is always a top priority, with an emphasis on positive praise to encourage them even more. Thoroughly recommended in our house!
06.Hi Sandie, Just thought you might like to hear our exciting news. As you remember Melissa left Singer Stage School in March. Two weeks ago Melissa went to the Guildford School of Acting where she auditioned for the New York School for Film & Television for a 2 year scholarship. This week we found out that she has won a place out of 180 worldwide on their 2007 audition tour. This means that she will be leaving for New York in September where she will be staying in Manhattan for her two years of study (Matthew Fox "Lost" graduated from there). Melissa is over the moon and we thought you would like know! She learnt a lot whilst at Sandra Singers and it has certainly paid off.
07. Teresa from BenfleetI have been really pleased with my daughter's progress since joining Singer Stage School, she has developed in all aspects of her theatrical training. But especially pleasing is the fact that she is so happy to be there each week. The dancing training she is receiving is excellent, and I have no hesitation in recommending the stage school to parents. As a parent I also feel at last I am getting 'value for money.'
08. TriciaI started adult drama in February 2010 having never done anything like this before (not even at school) and before I knew it, I was entered for the bronze level of LAMDA. Preparation for the exam which was on 18th December 2010 started in September. And what a journey it was! From having no acting experience to performing two pieces in front of an adjudicator was quite something else. At first I honestly didn't think I would be ready or even good enough and felt that I had thrown myself in the deep end but with lots of encouragement and advice from Jeremy and plenty of practice both at home and in class I slowly started to improve and grow in confidence. I started with one lesson per week increasing to two and three as the exam drew closer. There were lots of laughs, a few frustrating moments when I forgot my lines which, in turn, led to a few expletives and strops, but overall it was thoroughly enjoyable. Looking back now, I am amazed at how much progress I made over a short period of time. The two pieces I performed were quite different in pace and emotion, the first being quite slow and calculated and the other fast and charged. The first piece was from a play called The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband by Debbie Isitt and the other from a play called Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega. I enjoyed both pieces but with Laurencia's (my character's) emotions in Fuente Ovejuna running high and low, I felt able to play around with it a bit more.
I was quite nervous in the week leading up to the exam but felt fairly calm on the actual morning of it which was a bit worrying as I believe that a little bit of adrenalin and nervous energy is good and necessary. There was one adjudicator and me in a large room and after a little introduction I went straight into the first scene. The whole thing lasted about 20 minutes including questions afterwards about the scene, the characters' emotions and objectives. The exam itself went reasonably well (I think - haven't had the results yet) but whatever the outcome I intend to carry on. I'm currently training for the London marathon and when that is over, I hope to work towards the silver medal.