How our lessons work ….
Our students are split into three age groups as follows:
7 – 9 year olds (Juniors)
9 – 11 year olds (Inters)
12 – 16 year olds (Seniors)
These age groups take part in a three hour session, consisting of three one hour lessons in advanced singing, dancing and drama, each of which are taught by specialist, experienced coaches.
The three groups rotate between the three disciplines. Students are banded into specific age groups within this category to be most suited and at ease with their peer group.
4 – 6 year olds (Mini Stages)
This age group take part in an hour and a half lesson introducing them to the core disciplines of singing, dancing and drama. Lessons are tailored to offer children the opportunity to learn basic social skills, build confidence and give them a head start in life.
This early stage is a great stepping stone which gives children a firm grounding for more advanced lessons in performing arts in our main school.
What our students learn …..
Students learn numerous acting techniques, putting what they learn into practice during lessons and in annual productions. Stage craft and technical artistry are taught at our theatre school in Sunderland through the medium of poetry, improvisation, mime, script work and drama games.
Students learn to improve focus and concentration, project and express themselves with poise and clarity, while learning to work as part of a team. In a friendly atmosphere pupils grow in confidence while having fun.
Students learn artistic expression, co-ordination and flexibility, while improving posture and really stretching their imagination in these enjoyable lessons. Dance sessions consist of various creative dance styles, although focussing primarily on musical theatre, jazz and street dance.
Students are taught to carefully build technique and repertoire, in order to become vocally agile. At an early age learning rhythm, pitch and breathing techniques students become adept at projecting their voice, in perfect preparation for a future in theatre.
All of our teachers are talented professionals with actual experience of show business, people who really care, teachers with real passion and knowledge. All teachers are C.R.B / police checked and are regularly inspected to maintain high standards of teaching.
Classes are held in carefully selected locations appropriate for teaching performing arts. Venues are clean, smart and uplifting environments where students will be inspired to learn.
Students are expected to behave in a disciplined manner, showing respect and commitment to their work and to teachers, in order to achieve their full potential. We reserve the right to remove students who demonstrate inappropriate, disrespectful or disruptive behaviour.
We encourage a disciplined approach to the Performing Arts, which we believe is helped by wearing a uniform. Students are therefore required to wear black clothing, appropriate for movement and dance. We can supply T-Shirts complete with our logo.
Jazz shoes are the most suitable type of footwear and can be bought from any reputable dance shop.
NSTA Theatrical Agency & Auditions
NSTA offer the opportunity to our students to join our Theatrical Agency. Owing to Geri our Principal’s theatrical background, we have good connections and access to top West End Casting Directors. We frequently forward student agency members for auditions, for TV, Film and Theatre roles, representing our students in a professional manner at all times.
Our NSTA students wee asked to perform in Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat at The Sunderland Empire in 2016, Newcastle Radio Arena in Dec 2017 & Newcastle Theatre Royal April 2019.
We were also asked to supply our students for the UK Tour of Evita at The Sunderland Empire 2017 & Newcastle Theatre Royal 2018.
NSTA Students have also been involved with the musical Miss Saigon at The Sunderland Empire 2018 & providing John, Michael & The Lost Boys in Sunderland Empire's Peter Pan 2018/2019.
Notable audition successes include Annie (Sunderland Empire), The Paradise (BBC), Rotary Youth Musical Spectacular (Sunderland Empire), Tracey Beaker (BBC), Joe Maddison’s War (ITV), Pricilla Queen of the Desert (Sunderland Empire), Are You Smarter Than a 10 year old’ (Sky TV) and Billy Elliot (Working Title Productions).
Past NSTA Students have successfully gone on to win places at top Performing Arts esablishments in London. Which include Arts Educational, Laine Theatre Arts, Italia Conti & Millennium Performing Arts College.
Northern Star Productions
It is so important for our students to put into practice the skills they have learned in our classes and so each year, NSTA present a fully staged theatrical performance with light, sound and costumes, showing to a live audience at The Sunderland Empire Theatre!
Previous productions include, HSM, Grease, Bugsy Malone, Annie, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Oliver Twist, A Night of Musicals, Stars on Stage and Show me the Stars, A Galaxy of Stars, A Pocketful of Stars among others.
At N.S.T.A children's theatre school in Sunderland we offer our students the opportunity to measure their progress and receive a record of personal achievement through entry for regional examination at The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art.
We are proud to say that NSTA is the only Theatre School offering a private on site LAMDA examination service in Sunderland, where LAMDA examiners assess our students in the comfort of our own school.
Our free one to one LAMDA tuition has consistently yielded enviable examination results, which if taken to a high enough level, earn successful candidates university entry UCAS points.
In 2018, over 100 of our 7-16 year old students took LAMDA acting examinations with fantastic results (96% Distinctions & 4%Merits) a fantastic achievement which is typically unheard of within LAMDA. In short, over the past year we have privately coached 100 students producing enviable results! We are very proud of that accomplishment! Such hard work has given our students invaluable experience of learning scripts & performing one to one, how to conduct themselves and to impress quickly, with confidence. Our younger students were examined for 10 minutes and older students for 20+ minutes. Whether or not our students continue further to pursue a career in theatre, LAMDA as an experience will be hugely useful in later life. The confidence LAMDA examinations impart in exam entrants is massive and highly relevant to such experiences as job interviews! In addition LAMDA accreditation offers a globally recognisable qualification, to enhance a C.V and if taken a high enough level to attain University entry U.C.A.S points, so very practical.
LAMDA was founded in 1861 and first offered speech examinations to the public in the 1880’s. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama schools in the UK.
The goal is to improve standards in communication through the spoken word, foster an appreciation of literature and drama, acknowledge levels of achievement, provide a frame work in which individual talent can grow, support the creative and intellectual social development of the individual as a whole.
LAMDA examinations are designed to equip candidates whatever their age and aspirations with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.
Examinations allow students to measure progress against an internationally applied standard, make contact with expert assessors, receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development, build self confidence and self esteem, acquire skill certification, receive a record of personal achievement.
Students are not only rewarded for honing their talent but for commitment and dedication at NSTA. Success doesn’t come easy, it takes effort and we recognise that. Students therefore receive a certificate and medal for each year they attend.
Our aim is to ....
“unlock the imagination, develop communication skills, refine technical artistry and most importantly to ensure that your child has fun”