THE ACADEMY FACTOR 2021
The Academy Kids are back on stage! So pleased to have been to run our annual Singing Competition The Academy Factor again this year! We worked together with The Radlett Centre to ensure we could get our students back on stage in a covid secure environment! Congratulations to all our students who took part! So proud!!
ALICE IN ZOOMLAND - ONLINE PLAY
Our Lower and Upper Juniors spent their online Drama Lessons working on an original play written for The Academy! "Alice in Zoomland" sees Alice transported to Zoomland, a land where nothing makes sense, unbirthdays are celebrated every day and the wrong answer is always the right answer!
BACK TO THE STUDIOS FOR THE END OF TERM
So pleased to have made it back to the studios for the final 2 weeks of term! A lot of excitement to be back in the building and back together again! We'd like to wish all of our Academy Kids a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here is to a very happy 2021 full of lots of exciting events and shows again!
OCTOBER HALF TERM FILM CAMP
Our October Half Term Camp focused on Screen Acting. During this week long course students produced their own short films from scratch, working as a team to come up with an original idea and learning all about how films are made well as recreating scripts from popular TV Shows, and lots of Drama Workshops!
THE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP 2021
We were delighted to be able to run 2 weeks of Summer Camp this August! The year's Camp was focused on putting together a streamed performance at the end of each week. Students worked on medleys from Matilda, The Prom, Come From Away, Hamilton, Hairspray, Everyone's Talking About Jamie and Spring Awakening!
NATE PERFORMS IN ONLINE CONCERT
Our fabulous Nate was asked to perform in an online Zoom concert with St Alban's Musical Theatre Company. Nate played Jeremy in SAMTC's "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in 2018! He was the only teen performer in the concert and really held his own singing "My Shot" from Hamilton! Very well done Nate! Proud of you as ever!
THE ACADEMY KIDS - THANK YOU NHS!
Led by our wonderful Singing Teacher, Betty, The Academy Kids have proved that nothing is going to stop them performing together! Students aged 4-17 took part in our Virtual Choir - coming together to thank the NHS! You can view the video here:
THE ACADEMY FACTOR AT THE RADLETT CENTRE
This year our annual singing competition took place at The Radlett Centre! It was also our first year splitting the competition into Upper and Lower School!
The competition was judged by West End Performer Stuart MacIver. Congratulations to everyone who sang! The level of talent on stage was incredible!
THE ACADEM CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
What a wonderful way to finish of the term. We presented our Christmas Showcase at The Cube Theatre with 2 performances for friends and family to see what we have been up to this term! A great warm up for our Summer Show next year!
BARNET HOSPITAL CHARITY BALL 2019
The Academy's Hannah and Morgan were invited to perform a special cabaret at Barnet Hospital's Charity Ball for Dementia Care. Both Hannah and Morgan behaved like true pros all evening and wowed the ball attendees with their stunning vocals! Well done you two, so proud of you both!
THE ACADEMY SUMMER SHOW 2019
This year we moved our Summer Show to The Watford Palace Theatre. What an incredible weekend we had! A huge well done to The Academy Kids and a huge thank you to all our wonderful chaperones who helped backstage all weekend! Ending the year on a definite high!
JAXON OPENS IN JOSEPH AT THE PALLADIUM
Inter Jaxon joins the cast of "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" at The London Palladium! Jaxon will be spending the summer working alongside Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan and also features in the role of Potiphar! What an incredible experience to have!
"A CHORUS LINE" WEST END WORKSHOP
We were delighted to welcome Becky Herszenhorn to The Academy for this term's West End Workshop. Becky played Val in "A Chorus Line" at The London Palladium and put The Academy Kids through their paces in a wonderful Acting and Musical Theatre Workshop! :-)
THE ACADEMY FACTOR SINGING COMPETITION
This year we were delighted to welcome West End Superstar Becky Herszenhorn to The Academy to judge our Academy Factor Singing Competition! Congratulations to everyone who took part! Becky is pictured above with the Winners of each age category and our overall winner Louis W!
INTU WATFORD XMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON
This year our Upper School Choir were invited to perform at Intu Watford's Christmas Lights Switch On! We had a special surprise visit from our original Head Girl Zoe! Thank you for coming back to support us Zoe, so lovely to see you again! :-)
WEST END HAT TRICK IN THE PRESS AGAIN!
This month our wonderful Jaxon, Heather and Darcy-Summer are featured in "My Bushey News" - we're so thrilled to have 3 Academy Kids have made their West End debuts this year - can't wait for more adventures in 2019! Who will be the next Academy Kid to hit the West End? :-)
KEVIN WATHEN TO JUDGE "DRAMA BATTLE"
Excited to announce that this year's Drama Battle will be judged by star of Stage and Screen Kevin Wathen! Kevin's TV Credits include: Doctors (BBC), George Gently (BBC), Blue Murder (ITV), Holby City (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC) and The Bill (ITV).
ACADEMY KIDS WEST END HAT TRICK! :-)
Read all about Heather, Jaxon and Darcy's West End success in this week's Watford Observer:
HEATHER FINISHES IN "SCHOOL OF ROCK"!
Heather has her final show as Marcy in "School of Rock" at The Gillian Lynn Theatre in London's West End! The biggest congratulations to you Heather! You have been a true professional throughout this whole experience and we couldn't be prouder of you!
FILMING FOR "THE ONE THAT I WANT"
Company Girls Maddie, Hannah, Lucy, Ella and Kitty spent their Sunday in London filming a book trailer for new novel "The One That I Want" by Lynne Shelby.
"THRILLER" WORKSHOP WITH COURTNEY GEORGE
Fresh from the World Tour of Michael Jackson's Smash Hit "Thriller", cast member Courtney George joined us for a masterclass in Michael Jackson's ground breaking dance moves!
BREAK DANCE WORKSHOP!
We were joined by Caz from Breakin' Habit for a Break Dance Workshop! A chance for The Academy Kids to master their Top Rocks and 6-steps!
HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY TO THE ACADEMY
28/02/2018 - The Academy turns 3! What an incredible 3 years we have had! We can't believe how much The Academy has grown and are so thankful to everyone who has helped make The Academy such a special place!
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE
A double Academy success tonight! Both our Creative Director, Sara and Academy Inter, Jaxon performed on this year's Royal Variety Performance at The London Palladium in front of HRH Prince William and Princess Kate! Be sure to tune in and catch the performance on ITV!
WEST END GALA FOR OUR SENIORS & COMPANY!
Our Seniors and Company members took part in a West End Gala at Her Majesty's Theatre in London! The Academy Kids performed 2 medleys - "13 The Musical" and one from "School of Rock"! Fantastic work from everyone - a wonderful day!
WELCOME BACK - BACK IN THE STUDIOS AGAIN!
Absolutely thrilled to get back into the studios from Monday 12th April! So wonderful to be back together again! We are so impressed with the commitment and dedication our students have shown working online! Here is to an incredible summer term with lots of shows and events to make up for all the lockdowns!
HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY TO THE ACADEMY!
This February The Academy celebrates it's 6th year! We are forever proud of the lovely Academy community we have created and all that our students have achieved! We can't wait to be back in the studios and back on stage, creating more opportunities and more happy memories for our wonderful Academy Kids!
LOCKDOWN 2.0 COMPLETE
Hooray! Another 4 weeks of online classes complete! Huge well done and thank you to all our Academy Kids for coping so well with moving back online! So happy we managed to included Drama online this time too! Our Academy community is strong as ever! Nothing stops The Academy Kids doing what they love!
MUSICALS IN THE PARK - THE ARCHES THEATRE
We were so pleased to be invited to perform in "Musical in The Park" at The Arches Theatre for Scott Coldwell Productions and Ultimate Event Dancers. The Academy Kids performed "Ex Wives" from Six, "Cross the Line" from Big and a mega mix from "On Your Feet". Our first live performance in 6 months!
THE ACADEMY VIRTUAL SHOW
We finished off our Summer Term with an online Virtual Show! Academy Students spent the Summer Term learning songs and dance routines online and then filmed themselves at home to be edited together for a special online performance, a wonderful way to finish the term and have The Academy Kids performing again!
THE ACADEMY KIDS WIN WATFORD ISOVISION!
Congratulations to our wonderful Max, Ella, Andjelija and Casper who competed in Watford's Isovision Song Contest on Saturday 9th May! The group sang "Making Your Mind Up" by Bucks Fizz and won both the public and judges vote! Their song will be played on Watford's Vibe 107.6! Congratulations Academy Kids!!!
THE ACADEMY MOVES ONLINE
Nationwide school closures sees The Academy officially move online. We are very happy to be able to continue to offer regular classes to all of our students and keep them singing and dancing at home! Academy parents please keep an eye on your emails for all the exciting things we have coming up over the Easter holidays!
SIENNA IN "CINDERELLA" AT THE RADLETT CENTRE
The perfect way to end the holiday season - watching our lovely Lower Senior Sienna in "Cinderella" at The Radlett Centre. So proud watching this little lady on stage. She absolutely shone! Very well done Sienna! Fantastic performance!
WATFORD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON
Following the success of previous performances at Intu Watford, we were thrilled to be the Performing Arts School chosen to perform at this years Light's Switch On Event! Our Lower Seniors and Upper Seniors both took to the stage performing 2 separate Christmas medleys!
WEST END WORKSHOP: WICKED
For this term's West End Workshop we welcomed James from the International Tour of Wicked! James was so impressed with The Academy Kids he said he'd love to work with them all on a regular basis and we are delighted to have been able to add him to our Faculty!
A SHAKESPEARE SUMMER FOR NATE
Taking on Shakespeare at 13 is no easy feat! So very proud of our Senior Nate who has spent his summer playing Fleance in "Macbeth" at St Alban's Roman Festival Theatre - all whilst also rehearsing for our Summer Show! Fantastic work Nate - memories to take with you for a lifetime!
BUSHEY ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Our lovely Company Girls Sophia, Maddie and Hannah were honoured to be invited to perform at this years Bushey Acoustic Festival and Summer Picnic in the Mary Forsdyke Garden! Such a fab afternoon of live music - well done girls on fantastic performances as ever! So proud of you all!
COMPANY ACTING PROJECT
Very well done to all of our Company members who took part in our production of "The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time". One parent said "Walked out feeling as though I'd been to a West End Show!" Congratulations Company! :-)
RECORDING STUDIO TIME FOR LOGAN
Logan has been hard at work recording the voice of a "Hugo" for a brand new video game coming out next year "A Plague Tale: Innocence". The game is set in 14th Century France so Logan not only had to match his lines to the virtual character but also perfect a French accent! Well done Logan!
THE ACADEMY DRAMA BATTLE 2018
A big well done to everyone who took part in this year's Drama Battle! "How wonderful to see young people in an environment where they feel safe and fully supported by their peers so can just concentrate on being themselves and having fun." - Kevin Wathen
WEST END WORKSHOP!
We were thrilled to welcome "Chicago" cast member Olivia to The Academy for this term's West End workshop! The Academy Kids were given a masterclass in Fosse Technique as well as learning 2 routines from the show!
"42ND STREET" ON THIS MORNING (ITV)
Did you spot our Creative Director Sara on ITV's "This Morning"? Sara spent the morning at the BBC Television Centre filming several segments with Bonnie Langford who has recently joined the cast as Dorothy Brock! You've got until January 2019 to catch the show in town!
TOM STARS IN "THE SOUND OF MUSIC"
Our lovely Senior Tom Dimbylow is hard at work in rehearsals for "The Sound of Music" with Radlett Musical Theatre Company! Tom will be playing Friedrich Von Trapp at The Radlett Centre this Autumn! Tom says he's having a great time in rehearsals and can't wait for show week!
This year's Summer Show took place at The Pump House Theatre! We performed 4 performances to sold out audiences! Congratulations to all of the young performers who took part!
THE INAUGURAL BUSHEY ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL
Well done to Maddie, Hannah and Sophia who all performed at The Inaugural Bushey Acoustic Festival on Sunday! Beautiful vocals girls - well done!
SARA AT THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2018
Our Creative Director Sara performs at The Olivier Awards at The Royal Albert Hall and Broadcast live on ITV as part of the cast of "42nd Street". The show is nominated for 4 Olivier Awards including "Best Revival" and "Best Choreography".
THE ACADEMY FACTOR SINGING COMPETITION
Congratulations to everyone for taking part in our Academy Factor singing competiton! Special thanks to our Guest Judge, singing sensation Victoria Goddard! Special well done this year's winners, Jaleesa, Casper, Logan, Jaxon, Oliver, Sophia and Brady!
WE WILL ROCK YOU WORKSHOP
We were delighted to welcome "We Will Rock You" cast member Jenny Wickham to The Academy for a "We Will Rock You" workshop! The Academy Kids learnt the original choreography to "One Vision" and then had a special Q&A with Jenny to find out what life is like as a performer.
"HAIRSPRAY" WORKSHOP WITH GEORGE HINSON
Taking a break from the UK Tour of "Hairspray", cast member George Hinson joined us for a super fun working, turning The Academy Kids into "The Nicest Kids in Town"! Students had the chance to learn original choreography from the show!
LOWER SCHOOL PERFORM AT INTU WATFORD!
Our Juniors and Inters took to the stage and spread some Christmas cheer to shoppers at Intu Watford over the weekend! They performed The Academy's Christmas medley 5 times throughout the day! Well done everyone! :-)
ZOOMING OUT - ONLINE PLAY
Our Inters, Senior and Company worked on the original play "Zooming Out". Based on "Stepping Out" by Richard Harris, we had a lot of fun working on this play, especially looking at character development! Very well done to all our Inters, Senior and Company members for such a great job working online!
BACK ONLINE FOR LOCKDOWN 3.0
Back online but as ever thrilled to see such amazing commitment from our Academy Kids! This term our students from Juniors to Company are working on performances of online plays as well as prepping for The Academy Factor and our Dance Showcase! Keep up the brilliant work and we can't wait to be back in the studios soon!
NEW CLASSES - TAP DANCE WITH SARA
After several requests from students we have added Tap classes to our timetable! So pleased to have been able to launch in person before moving back online for Lockdown 2.0! Looking forward to continuing with our Tap lessons online and teaching our students a new skill! Goal: to to have learnt all our timeseps by Xmas!
SITE VISIT TODAY TO THE BUSHEY AREA
Fantastic site visit today to The Bushey Arena making sure we are ready to welcome all of our students back to the studios! We have worked so hard to make sure we have all of the necessary Covid-19 precautions in place! Full guidelines are available to download by clicking on the Covid-19 Guidelines button above.
UPPER SENIOR BOYS PODCAST
A group of our wonderful Upper Senior Boys have got together to create their own podcast! "Afternoon Cuppa" is available on Spotify and itunes! The boys are holding "Musical Theatre Week" from 12th-16th May and invited The Academy's Creative Director Sara onto the show as their first special guest!
THE ACADEMY QUIZ NIGHT!
As the first of our "lockdown socials" we hosted a Quiz Night for The Academy Kids and their families, testing their knowledge on Musical Theatre, Academy history and how well they know their teachers! Congratulations to the Finestone Family who won the quiz by 1/2 a point to the Joseph family!
ACADEMY KIDS IN THE WEST END!
Our Lower and Upper Seniors were invited to perform in a West End Gala at The Shaftesbury Theatre in London!
The Academy Kids performed routines from 3 musicals: "Bring It On", "Big" and "Les Misérables". We are so very proud of our Seniors for their performance! Well done all of you!
WEST END GALA AT THE SHAFTESBURY THEATRE
Our Company members took part in a West End Gala at The Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End! We performed "Come From Away" & "The Prom"! Such a great experience for our Company who all behaved like true professionals!
THE ACADEMY DRAMA BATTLE 2019
Our fifth annual Drama Battle took place this year at The Pump House Theatre! We had over 100 children compete in this year's competition, which was judged by actress Victoria Stedeford. Congratulations to everyone who took part - fantastic work from you all!
THE ACADEMY SUMMER SCHOOLS 2019
This year we had not 1 but 2 weeks of Summer School with some incredible West End Workshops including: Millie from "Six", Kelly from "Hamilton", James from "9 to 5", Lisa from "West Side Story" and Elliot from "Tarzan". As always we finished with a showcase of the weeks work!
FESTIVAL IN THE PARK - BUSHEY FESTIVAL 2019
The Academy Kids were delighted to be invited to open this year's "Festival in the Park" to mark the end of Bushey Festival! We opened the event with a bespoke "On Your Feet" medley before taking to the main stage and our soloists ranging in age from 4-16.
BARNET HOSPITAL "SUMMER SPECTACULAR"
Our Company were delighted to be asked to reprise their "Hamilton" Medley at Barnet Hospital Charity's Summer Spectacular from Summer Show 2018! The show also featured our Senior Nate who acted as compere for night! A fantastic night had by all!
SENIOR ACTING PROJECT "OUR DAY OUT"
Congratulations to all of our Seniors who took part in this years production of Willy Russell's "Our Day Out" - it was especially lovely to see so many of our Inters and Company come and show their support in the audience! Great work guys! :-)
CHRISTMAS IN PANTO FOR SIENNA & MADDIE
A very exciting Christmas for Academy Inter Sienna and Company member Maddie who spent their Christmas performing in "Aladdin" at The Radlett Centre for Upstage Productions! Congratulations girls on a wonderful run in pantoland! :-)
"CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG" - ST ALBANS
It's show week for Academy Kids Nate, Flo and Skye! They'll be appearing in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" this week at The Alban Arena with St Alban's Musical Theatre Company! Nate plays the lead role of Jeremy while Flo and Skye both play Sewer Kids! Have a great week guys!
WEST END DEBUT FOR DARCY-SUMMER!
We are so proud of our Senior Darcy-Summer Hannan who is currently staring as Lily Potter Jr. in "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child" at The Palace Theatre in London's West End!
2018-19 HEAD GIRLS & HEAD BOYS ANNOUNCED!
Congratulations to Adam, Sophia, Jack and Robyn who will be leading The Academy as our Senior Students for 2018-2019!
They are joined by Rocco & Lexi, Mylie & Max, Ellie & Ollie, Savannah & Peter and Erin & Louis as this year's Team Captains!
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SUMMER SCHOOL!
This year's course was bigger and better than ever! We focused on 6 different musicals including Mary Poppins, Waitress, Rock of Ages and Next to Normal! As always we finished off with a showcase of the week's work - well done to everyone who took part!
ACADEMY KIDS PERFORM AT PARTY IN THE PARK!
Congratulations to Savannah, Belle, Jaxon, Mofe, Sophia and Zoe who represented The Academy so wonderfully at this year's Party in the Park!
THE ACADEMY OSCARS FILM AWARDS NIGHT
A highlight of the year - The Academy Oscars! This year we screened 18 short films produced by The Academy Kids in their Screen Acting classes! The competition was judged by BBC Casting Director Laura McSwann.
ACCENT MASTERCLASS WITH HELEN SIMMONS
We welcome Voice Coach Helen to The Academy for an Accent's Masterclass - laying the foundations for several accents and teaching technique to help learn and perfect an accent.
HEATHER TO MAKE HER WEST END DEBUT!
Our incredible Heather will be making her West End debut this year playing Marcy in "School of Rock" at The New London Theatre! Congratulations Heather, we couldn't be prouder of you and can't wait to come and see you rock it out!!!
NEW CLASS: BROKEN VOICE SINGING
We are thrilled to be able to add "Broken Voice Singing" classes to our weekly timetable for our older boys! As the boys get older it is so important that they have the opportunity to work on songs and exercises to help them feel confident with the new pitch of their voices!
CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY 2017!
The Academy Kids donned Christmas Jumpers and we managed to raise £75.00 for Herts Young Homeless - a charity which supports 16-24 year olds who are vulnerable, in danger or homeless in Hertfordshire.