Our Advanced Performance Group put on an online performance to end all online performances this week! Over the 40 minute performance, audiences were treated to some group amazing numbers from all the members. On top of that, there were some special solo vocal and dance performances from a select few of the performers.
For many member, this was their last performance with Next Gen before they move onto new adventures in training and education.
Head to our Facebook page to watch the performance and hear some memories and highlights, spanning across as many as 10 year, from our 2020 leavers.
We're so excited to be getting back into a new year of amazing classes at our studios. Although things may be different to how we left them, we have hit the ground running with all of our weekly classes, including a brand new class for this year!
We are very excited to announce the addition of a new class to our regular schedule. We are now running an extra Intermediate Musical Theatre class on Tuesday evenings. This class it open to new members and members who currently attend our Intermediate classes who want to further progress their training.
After being closed for over six months due to Covid-19, Woodend Studios were once again alive with our members taking part in our socially distanced summer workshops. Over the month we had workshops for all ages in many difference aspects of theatre from workshops to develop script writing skills to acting for screen. For some of the workshops we had the pleasure of inviting industry professionals to help the members develop their skills and have the chance to work with West End performers.
It was so exciting getting back to what we love and we can't wait to welcome all of our members back in Septemeber for what we know will be an amazing year of classes and workshops!
Strictly MT Online Competition
Today we many of our members took part in Strictly Musical Theatre online competition and blew us all away! After a fantastic day with so many amazing performances, many of our members walked away with awards!
Massive congratulations to everyone that took part and represented Next Gen and special applause to Millie Wright and Isabelle Thomas who were asked to perform for a second time to close the show!
1st in 15 and under Modern Dance - Millie Wright
2nd in 12 and under Musical Theatre Vocal - Niamh Edge
2nd in 15 and under Musical Theatre Vocal- Maisie Knott
3rd in 18 and under Musical Theatre Vocal - Alex Stoney Griffiths
2nd in 18 and under Acting - Alex Stoney Griffiths
2nd in 18 and under Acting - Sam Lutrell Henshaw
1st in 18 and under Acting- Isabelle Thomas
3rd in 18 and under Pop Vocal- Alex Stoney Griffiths
Create and Craft competition
Throughout Lockdown our amazingly talented members have been creating and crafting projects based on their favourite musicals for our Craft Competition.
We have massively enjoyed seeing all of your hard work and congratulations to everyone that took part! Huge well done to our winners and runners up and we hope you enjoyed your prizes.
1st Place - George Devlin for his Come From Away globe model
2nd Place - Rebecca Howarth for her Heathers themed poster
3rd Place - Isla Bruce for her Lion King costume and Lottie Wright for her Greatest Showman Circus
Most Original - Emily Fletcher for her Hamilton poster
Although we may not be able to be together in these uncertain times, the Next Gen love is still flowing!
Our Next Gen members have been taking part in Zoom classes throughout lockdown. As part of keeping our members connected throughout this time, our classes have been putting together some videos and footage that they have been learning in their Zoom classes as well as some clips of their life in Lockdown. Head over to our Facebook page to see what our members have been getting up to!
We hope this bring a smile to your day as much as it did with ours and we hope to see you all soon when we can our huge Next Gen family back together!
Success in Blackpool
The Strictly stars weren’t the only people wowing audiences in Blackpool this weekend!
Our Next Generation APG travelled to the famous Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday to compete in the Dream Maker National Finals. After competing in the semi-finals in Bolton a few months ago, both of their pieces were put through to the finals to compete against dancers and singers from around the country. The competition was tough with 11 other fantastic groups in the category. The day was a huge success with the group walking away with two awards!
2nd Place – Jet Set (Catch Me if You Can)
Judges Choice Award – Kieran Lever
Massive congratulations to all the performers an huge thank you to everyone that went along to support the group!
Taking Strictly MT by storm
Last weekend our Next Generation Advanced Performance Group competed in Strictly MT competition in Oldham against performers from far and wide. After an amazing day of singing, dancing and acting the group as a whole walked away with 6 awards under their belt!
2nd place Mixed Age Musical Theatre Song and Dance (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie The Musical)
3rd place Under 18s Dance (He Lives in You – Lion King The Musical)
Judges Award for Most Promising Group Number (Jet Set – Catch Me If You Can)
1st place Song and Dance – Grace Rider (Sweet Charity)
2nd place Vocal Solo – Elizabeth Parkin (Tick Tick Boom)
2nd place Acting monologue – George Devlin (Blood Brothers)
Congratulations to everyone that was involved, it was a great day!