Your article: Academy helping kids hone their theatre skills

Youngsters who attended a session held by the Arts Academy last Saturday.
Youngsters who attended a session held by the Arts Academy last Saturday.

Youngsters can hone their theatre skills with an academy which has resumed for the spring term.

The Arts Academy at Pocklington’s Woldgate School is a theatre skills group for 5-16-year-olds and runs on a Saturday morning from 9.30am-12.30pm. Sessions run during term time and there are 10 sessions per term. It also runs some sessions in the summer holidays.

The Arts Academy is a charitable trust and is a not-for-profit venture.

As well as offering tuition and guidance from its experienced and talented practitioners who work in the industry day-to-day, the academy aims to develop and enhance the students’ experience of the performing arts. Each session is spent working on the different disciplines of drama, dance and music.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The emphasis at the Arts Academy is, and always has been, for the students to have fun, make friends and enjoy what they do. Our practitioners are accompanied by chaperones who are young, talented students of the performing arts.”

The group’s past performances for friends and family have included Oliver, Matilda and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The spokesperson added: “All of our staff are fully DSB checked and safeguarding is a top priority.”

The academy offers a no-obligation free trial session for anyone aged between 5-16. For further details email Debbie Lightowler, Arts Academy Manager at artsacademy@woldgate.eriding.net