Final preparations for academy’s end of year show

Pupils from the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy
Pupils from the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy
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Talented youngsters from the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy are gearing up for their end of year shows.

Family and friends of the performers, who come from Kettering, Rushden, Brixworth and Northampton, are set to be impressed when the curtain rises for the show at the Thomas Becket School theatre in Northampton on July 13.

A Sultan trying to marry off his spoilt daughter in The Snake Charmer, a delightful bride and groom along with their guests in The Wedding, The Bold Buccaneers and their captured sailors and an enterprising group of children who hire themselves as rent-a-crowd will all take to the stage.

Through the year, students at the academy have been taking part in a self-development programme, designed to increase their confidence, self esteem, communicative ability and creative talents, through a carefully constructed, progressive drama syllabus.

The skills they have learnt will be transferred to their shows.

They will demonstrate how their vocal training develops clear, articulate speech, with lots of expression.

Creative performance skills will be evident as the children include strong, relevant ad-libbing and clear characterization.

Classes are divided into three age groups.

The lower primary (five to eight-year-olds) will take to the stage first with their play. This will be followed by upper primary (nine to 11-years-old) and the Youth Theatre, which is aimed at students of secondary school age.

After the shows, principal of the drama academy Gemma Knight will present students with certificates to mark their achievements.

Miss Knight said: “It is a delight to see the shows coming together and to observe the development of the children over their time with the academy, whether it be one term or several years.

“The support of parents and schools in the local community is fantastic and we always look forward to our productions, when every student can be involved in something so positive and successful.”

Over the last 18 years in the UK, and 33 years worldwide, the academy has helped children to develop essential life skills.

Lessons are available in Brixworth, East Hunsbury, Kettering, Overstone, Parklands, Rushden and Wellingborough.

For more details about the show or the drama academy call 01604 474644 or email