In Part 2 of our interview with Haydn Oakley he tells us about getting his first job, the best thing about playing Henri in An American in Paris; and words of wisdom for young performers. Enjoy! And thank you Haydn!
Over Easter, Simply Theatre Directors, Thomas Grafton and Jenna Melling caught up with Haydn Oakley (a youth theatre friend), playing Henri Baurel in Christopher Wheeldon’s London production of An American in Paris. We hope you enjoy our 2 part interview with Haydn...
Simply Theatre Academy’s approach to the Performing Arts is perhaps a little different than other performing arts providers – partly because of the background of our founder, and partly because of our unique situation as a provider of Performing Arts classes to the children of Switzerland in English. Here's 6 reasons why we think we're different to other Performing Arts providers:
Topics: Performing Arts, Productions, Friendships, Performance Opportunities, Career guidance, Drama, Drama Classes, Performing Arts Classes, Acting, Drama School, Community, Montessori, Professional, English-Speaking, Switzerland, Theatre, Children
A British Chamber of Commerce Workforce Survey conducted in 2014 concluded that 88% of school leavers are not prepared for work. 57% of these employers believed that this was due to a lack of soft skills, such as communication, team working and resilience.
We’re always incredibly sad to see our students fly the Simply Theatre nest – but at the same time incredibly proud and excited for them! Huge congratulations and good luck to both Paula at Simply Theatre Zurich and Floris at Simply Theatre Geneva who have secured places at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Paula recently played Sergeant Samways in Danny The Champion Of The World in Zurich and Floris played the title role in Shrek at The Casino Theatre Geneva.
As students busy themselves preparing for their end of year showcases, Simply Theatre’s Head of Drama, Richard Tunley, who has many years of experience as an actor, director, producer and teacher - gives us an insider’s view of choosing the best materials for our students. “Choosing the right Acting Showcase scripts for our students takes time and a great deal of preparation. I am lucky that we have a terrific team of Drama teachers in Geneva and Zurich and we start to discuss the scripts for performance for the following year even before the run of Showcases are over at the end of the current year!
The cast of Blood Brothers recently did a workshop with Mike Southern, who was in the West End production of Blood Brothers for 10 years and runs workshops endorsed by Willy Russell. Here's what the cast had to say about their experience:
Topics: Blood Brothers
We've had a fantastic start to the 2016/17 season! Christina Bianco's Diva Moments show sold out and Dotty The Dragon has been performing to packed audiences on it's opening weekend. We're looking forward to our next shows and below is some information on what's on in geneva at Simply Theatre between now and the end of the year.
When people traditionally think about enrolling for a performing arts classes, it has usually been because their child loves either one or all of acting, singing and dancing. Their child loves to perform at home, to family and friends, and a performing arts course is a great outlet to express and develop this passion.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” - John Lennon
We all want our children to be happy, but what can we do about it?