Wild Things now offering singing lessons and musical theatre dance classes!
To add to our extremely popular drama classes, we are now offering classes in Singing and Musical Theatre Dance! In May 2015, our spectacular singing teacher, Julie, joined us and classes have gone from strength to strength. We now offer Group and Solo singing lessons (Denshaw School only) every Saturday and this year will see pupils take their very first singing exams. And due to the popularity of our singing sessions, we will now be offering lessons in Musical Theatre Dance! Classes will begin with Kirsty and Nicole in February 2017 at our Oldham school and with Kirsty in March 2017 at our Denshaw school. Check out our classes page or contact us for more information.
1 February, 2017
2016 - another brilliant year for Wild Things
2016 has been a fantastic year for Wild Things. We started the year with record-breaking LAMDA examination results and threw a spectacular OSCARS evening to celebrate, in May we opened our fantastic new Drama School at the Grange Arts Theatre in Oldham and as well as meeting our amazing new students, we welcomed our brilliant new Drama Coach, Tom Hardman. In May, we introduced our fabulous singing teacher, Julie, who is already invaluable to us and is doing wonders for the confidence of our young singers. In July, our two shows, Peter Pan and Dead in Oldham were a raving success, both at Denshaw and at the Oldham Coliseum. Over the summer, student Ruth Vassallo was accepted on a course at RADA. In September, TWO of our students (Lilli Maguire and Rudy Piggot) were successful in auditions for roles in the Oldham Coliseum's professional production of 'Brassed Off' and another student (Courtney Wood) obtained the lead role in the Grand Opening of Oldham's new Town Hall and Cinema complex. November saw student Leila Canarslan successfully audition for a role in 'Stranger in the House' with professional company North West End. And in December, student Acacia Seward took to the stage at the Lowry Theatre in the famous 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' with Jason Manford, whilst Courtney Wood starred in 'A Christmas Carol' at Oldham Library. A number of students also attended professional auditions, which we believe is an achievement in itself - auditioning can be nerve-wracking! And on top of all this fantastic news, Drama Coaches Nancy and Tom both found time to appear in productions at the Lowry Theatre. Quite a year!
1 January, 2017
Record LAMDA examination results
This year was a fantastic year for LAMDA examination results. Not only did we maintain our impressive 100% pass record, but we had a huge number of students obtaining Merit and Distinction marks - with 3 of our students achieving 100%! Well done to everyone involved!
This year, we will be holding and Oscars-style celebration event for students who took part in LAMDA examinations. You can find out more and book here.
16 July, 2016
Two Wild Things students successful at Coliseum auditions
A number of our fantastic young students recently auditioned for roles in the Oldham Coliseum's professional production of 'Brassed Off'. Each and every one of them enjoyed the experience and came out with big smiles on their faces. And out of the 50 children who auditioned, not one, but TWO of our Wild Things were offered parts!
Lilli Maguire from our Denshaw Drama School will play Melody and Rudy Piggot from our Oldham Drama School will play Craig in 'Brassed Off' at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre in September 2016.
Well done you two!! We can't wait to watch you in action.
16 July, 2016
Wild Things opens second drama school in Oldham!
Due to the roaring success of its first drama school, Wild Things will be opening its second school in Oldham in May, 2016!
Wild Things, established in 2008, has gone from strength to strength. Not only have we built a drama school with a real strong ethos - celebrating individuality and integration and recognising drama as a tool for development (and above all, enjoyment!) - but we have produced over 20 shows, we've seen students go on to great things and we have a 100% pass rate in LAMDA examinations!
'I would recommend Wild Things because there is a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Actors of all abilities are catered to and supported amazingly' (Ellie, 15 - current student).
Wild Things Oldham will open its doors at The Grange Arts Centre on Sunday 1st May.
To register for our new drama school, simply fill in and return a registration form (download here) and pay a £10 deposit to secure your place. Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration forms should be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
27 February, 2016
Help us raise funds for proper costumes for our first panto - 'Snow White the Sequel'
Wild Things is a drama school with a difference. We're not a drama school full of luvvies, where only the confident, experienced performers get to shine - and we're not aiming to push children / young people into getting agents and taking time off school to film supermarket adverts. We believe strongly in the ENJOYMENT of drama. Drama for fun. Anyone that has been to Wild Things will agree that, as cheesy as it sounds, it's like a second family. And we love that. Everyone rooting for each other, older students supporting younger ones, confident students encouraging those who are that little bit shy. And WE'RE ALL A BIT CRAZY! And why not? We spend too much of our lives being serious - why not let go at the weekend and have some fun!
Unlike many traditional children's drama schools, we don't charge extortionate fees - and because of that, we've always had to be a little creative with our own (or parents'!) wardrobes when it comes to costumes for shows. Well from now on, we want to see whether we can push the boat out a little and hire proper costumes for our shows - but that requires a budget...
... and unfortunately we don't have a budget.
So that's where crowdfunding comes in. We want to attempt to raise money for our costume budgets from now on through crowdfunding. And if it's successful this time around, then we will do it again! But we have to raise ALL of the funds we need - or we don't get a penny... so spread the word and help us reach our £1,000 target (enough for costumes for 40 students).
AND YOU GET REWARDS - AND THE REWARDS INCREASE DEPENDING UPON HOW MUCH YOU PLEDGE - ISN'T THAT EXCITING??!
All you have to do to pledge some money towards our fund-raiser, is visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/wild-things-panto-costume-fund-raiser and donate as much or as little as you can imagine.
WE CAN DO THIS!
10 November, 2014
Wild Things Director becomes Youth Theatre Director at Bolton Octagon
Wild Things Director Nancy Monaghan is to become the new Youth Theatre Director for the Bolton Octagon's satellite theatre in Leigh. The Youth Theatre is focused at young people between the ages of 8 and 18 and will produce its first evening of devised theatre, under Nancy's Direction, in December 2014. One of these pieces of theatre will be inspired by the Octagon's main stage production of Alice in Wonderland and the other will be a twist on the well known tale of Peter Pan. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for Nancy to use her extensive skills and experience of working with young people - with an organisation which has a like-minded approach to Wild Things in terms of inclusivity, individuality, freedom of imagination and young peoples' ownership of their own work. We will keep you posted!
7 November, 2014
Wild Things help to produce a 2D animation
Wild Things are currently working as part of a KOGS (Keeping our Girls Safe) project alongside Peshkar Productions, Huckleberry Films and Horse and Bamboo Theatre. This important and exciting work involves working with young girls to increase self-confidence and self-awareness through a series of drama exercises and through the creation of a short 2D animation about their lives - past, present and future. The project will run throughout several schools in the Oldham area.
13 November, 2013
Wild Things at Hulme Grammar School
We are proud to announce that Wild Things is now the resident provider of extra-curricular Speech and Drama classes at Oldham Hulme Grammar School. Classes take place at lunch times and after school from Monday to Thursday each week, with pupils from Years 1 to 12. Students develop their acting skills at the beginning of the academic year and enter for LAMDA examinations towards the end of the year.
13 November, 2013
Jack and the Beanstalk at Oldham Coliseum
A fun Wild Things trip to our local panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, available to students and family members. To book, just click on the students page and click on theatre trips.
"Times are hard for young Jack and his mother. Forced to sell his beloved cow Daisy, poor Jack comes home with nothing but a few beans. But when the beans grow into a giant beanstalk, Jack finds himself in a whole new world of thrills and adventure.
Jack and the Beanstalk will feature everything you’ve come to expect from a traditional Coliseum panto – laughs galore, magnificent music and spectacular costumes. Get ready for us to take you high above the clouds on a magical journey"We will meet at Oldham Coliseum theatre at 1.30pm to allocate tickets and give us enough time to buy refreshments before the show.
12 November, 2013
Sweeney Todd at the Royal Exchange
In advance of our own production of Sweeney Todd, we are organising a trip to see the musical version of the show at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. To book, just click on the students page and click on theatre trips.
"Packed with Sondheim’s characteristic wit and dark humour, Sweeney Todd is a heart-poundingly entertaining musical thriller about a man driven mad by injustice. Widely acknowledged as Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, it is a razor sharp tale of vengeance and true love - featuring some of the finest music ever written for the theatre."
Students will meet at Newhey tram stop at 2pm and travel together to Manchester. After the show has finished, students will return by tram to Newhey station. Please provide your child with money for travel and refreshments.
The show is recommended for ages 14+, but if your child is in our older group and you are happy for them to see the show, then we are happy to take them along. For more information about the show, please visit the Royal Exchange or watch the trailer.
10 November, 2013