TOP HAT students are our 6 – 17 year olds and are divided into stage 2, stage 3 and stage 4. They attend 3 hours per week, where they study an hour each of dramatic arts, voice coaching and dance technique. All lessons are taught by qualified, experienced professionals. TOP HAT is far more than just a stage school, it is a meeting place where children and teenagers aged 6 – 17 can meet every week and socialize together whilst discovering new talents, and making new friends with common interests.
A range of carefully selected drama games and technique exercises are used to develop self-confidence and performance skills. We encourage individual expression and focus on developing the use of their own thoughts and feelings in their work. A variety of script work, improvisations and games will form an integral part of this class, as well as working on end of term presentations, and summer and Christmas shows.
We focus on learning basic Jazz Technique and a variety of modern styles, whilst also being introduced to Tap. Students will learn how to use and shape their bodies, as well as strengthen posture and improve coordination.
Students will work on improving their vocal strength and begin to understand the importance of breathing techniques, rhythm and voice work. They will be introduced to a variety of musical scores (Pop, Modern and West End) from our fully trained vocal coaches.
It is extremely important that students perform their work in front of a live audience. TOP HAT invite family friends and relatives to watch different presentations, culminating in our large scale Summer Show or Christmas Pantomime – productions that involve all TOP HAT students.
Our stage 4 group, which comprises the 12 – 17 year olds and as well as taking part in their weekly 3-hour sessions, they often work towards their own unique shows without the younger groups. This gives their shows a much more mature feel and far more challenging for them to get stuck into. The students are encouraged to devise their own shows and they also take part in shooting their own films, which enables them to learn about screen acting as well as skills behind the camera.