Creative Minds Academy joins forces with Camberley Theatre to offer a brand new youth theatre

Camberley Theatre are delighted to be working in Arts Partnership with the Creative Minds Academy to offer a theatre training and education programme for all ages. The Academy was founded by Polly and Eddie King who along with their team of highly experienced and qualified practitioners will inspire and motivate their students.

From September, CMA will offer weekly acting, musical theatre and singing classes as well as the opportunity to train in LAMDA and Trinity Exams. CMA is the only performing arts academy operating from Camberley Theatre.

Polly says: "The Academy is part of Creative Minds Productions which was set up by Eddie and myself in 2005 as a small independent theatre company. We are thrilled that, just over ten years later, we are able to offer creative learning for the individual whilst creating theatre for everyone through our performing arts programmes. Working in collaboration with Camberley Theatre will enable us to nurture the creative learning of the local community."

The Academy provides varied and exciting learning opportunities in theatre and the performing arts for individuals in the community, with a focus on youth theatre production and performance.

Weekly classes in singing, drama and musical theatre, for students up to the age of sixteen will start in September and run during term time, alongside the Youth Theatre programmes. Advanced Skills Workshops for those aged sixteen and above who want to develop their skills further will also be available.

The Youth Theatre (Musical Theatre Company) will meet every Tuesday evening and work towards a fully staged production of a well-known musical theatre show. The Youth Theatre (Acting Company) will meet every Thursday evening and work towards examinations with LAMDA and Trinity College which will provide performance material for an end of year showcase.

CMA will be introducing the Trinity Arts Award for all age groups, with qualifications to drive young people’s personal development in the arts. The award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents; it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

In 2017 CMA hope to embark upon a Technical Skills course and offer additional classes for adults. There will also be opportunity for one to one sessions for those that wish to advance their skills.

There will be performance opportunities throughout the year, the chance to work on professional productions within the disciplines of technical theatre and examinations sessions held locally for individuals to gain nationally recognised accreditation.

Eddie added: "We are delighted that the Creative Minds Academy is recognised as the resident theatre company and youth training programme at Camberley Theatre. We hope to provide alternative, specialist courses for adults, disability focused group and those with specific physical, medical or learning requirements to promote our commitment and dedication to the education, preparation, participation and learning of each member of our community. Over the course of the next few years we will be implementing new classes as part of our disability arts awareness schemes and running learning and participation sessions as part of our wider outreach programme."

For more information about Creative Minds Academy or to book on to one of their workshops, please visit the website www.cmacademy.co.uk.

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