Act One Beginners is a part-time drama school that has been going for over 15 years, which runs classes in Felbridge, near East Grinstead and Crawley. The school opened in April 2003 by Beverly Hewitt, and currently runs 5 age-based drama classes a week: Tots (2-4 years) Juniors (5-9 years), Seniors (10-12 years), Advanced (12–14 years) and Graduates (15-18 years). We also have Musical Theatre Dance Classes for all ages. In addition the school offers private tuition to prepare students for LAMDA exams, competitive festivals and auditions. We have staged large scale musicals for students from across the school, as well as plays for our older students, provided cast for a variety of local amateur and professional productions and events, and held Prizegiving and Showcase days.
At Act One Beginners we run well planned and structured classes through which the children are encouraged to discover and develop their own talents and self-confidence in a fun and exciting way. In addition, the Advanced and Graduates classes complement GCSE and A Level drama studies, introducing students to the theory as well as the practice of drama, along with a variety of production and playwriting skills.
Participation in the Performing Arts is such a positive and exciting activity for children and young adults. It instils discipline, promotes self confidence, encourages social interaction and embraces their imagination, enthusiasm, energy and positive, fun attitude to life.
In Act One Beginners classes we work hard to get to know each child as an individual. Whether a child simply wishes to increase his/her confidence and communication skills, or is keen to act in large scale productions and compete in drama festivals, our excellent teaching and range of opportunities ensure that our students achieve far more than they ever thought possible.
The information on the following pages should provide a taste of who we are and what we do. However the best way to really get to know us is to try us out by attending one of our classes. Whatever you choose, I hope that reading these pages will inspire and encourage you as much as the students of Act One Beginners do me.