March 2021 News
Posted on 29th April 2021 at 11:28
All of our March news
6th March 2021
The Grand Opera House York - 1996
Last month we celebrated Miss Angela’s 50 years of teaching and coming across our 25year celebration poster we looked up the programme for this Showtime ‘96 celebration at The Grand Opera House York.
Who can remember melting in the totally packed audience because the air conditioning had broken down 😱
Did you take part in this gala? Where even the boxes and the upper circle were sold out.
We’re hoping we can perform in a 50 year gala as soon as safely allowed, let’s wait and see. Anyone have any special memories of changing in every spare space including under the stage and over at The Friends meeting house?
Fabulous KH memories. Here’s to a great future of KH. ❤️
8th March 2021
Happy International Women’s Day to everyone especially our amazing female staff, Directors and volunteers, not to mention KH friends and families.
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”
– Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across
the waters to create many ripples.”
– Mother Teresa.
“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.”
12th March 2021
The very first Showtime at Pickering Memorial Hall.
48/49 years ago, are you on this photograph or do you recognise anyone?
We love the finale leotards and hair bands. Sadly no boys in this first Kirkham school of dancing show. Each show was for a local charity and Miss Angela and later with Miss Jennie made thousands of pounds for charities over the years.
Please share if you think you know someone on this photo. ❤️
We bet you can’t spot Miss Ali 😱
13th March 2021
On this day 2016
Filming the silent movie for Singin’ in the rain at Kirkham House, Kirkham Abbey. ( Great name by the way)
What a great day it was and a fabulous experience we will cherish forever.
Miss Angela and Miss Jennie started producing full musicals in memory of their friend June and decided on the name of Ryedale Youth Theatre to encourage non KH young people to also get involved. Sadly the trustees of RYT stopped the association with KH the year Miss Angela retired from Directing all the shows after volunteering years of her time.
However this hasn’t stopped those involved over the years having the most wonderful memories from the first show Bugsy Malone to Miss Angela and Kirkham Henry’s final involvement in Beauty and the Beast.
As Finn who is seen here on the photographs mentioned in his tribute to Miss Angela’s 50 years of teaching, such great memories that can’t be taken away.
Also seen here Hannah, Ollie and James, Together with Auntie Von over seeing the costumes of course.
14th March 2021
On this day 2018
Our youth choir were singing at The Grand Opera House York with former pupil Scott Garnham and The Barricade Boys.
What a wonderful experience and thanks to Scott for the invite and memories.
16th March 2021
Congratulations to Sophie Collier
We hope you will join us in congratulating Sophie Collier with the amazing news on being eligible to enter for The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition due to gaining Distinction in her Advanced 1 RAD ballet examination. Although due to the timing and COVID- 19 restrictions Sophie has missed this years entries, we will wait in anticipation if Sophie will still be eligible to enter for next year’s prestigious competition.
Named after RAD’s longest serving president Dame Margot Fonteyn DBE, is the flagship annual event of the RAD.
The competition is dedicated to promoting and rewarding standards of excellence in young ballet dancers internationally. This is achieved by offering aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and professionals, as well as the chance to perform on an international stage.
Formerly known as the Genée, after the RAD’s first president Adeline Genée, the competition was renamed in May 2019 – a week after Margot Fonteyn would have turned 100. Margot Fonteyn is regarded as the greatest ballet dancer of her generation, and was instrumental in shaping the RAD’s international expansion.
The RAD will continue to honour its first president with the Adeline Genée gold medal for the best dancer.
The competition started in 1931 and in 2002 the RAD took the decision to hold the competition outside London for the first time, taking it to Australia where Sydney Opera House played host to a record number of candidates. Following that success, the competition has now been hosted around the world.
Past medalists have gone on to work for some of the best ballet companies around the world, including: The Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, The Mariinsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Estonia National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and The Hong Kong Ballet.
Simply wonderful news Sophie to just have the knowledge that you are the standard to enter this world wide competition. Huge congratulations from all at KH.
19th March 2021
On this day 2016
In the dressing rooms during a charity performance at Kirk Theatre.
Here’s to our theatres reopening and being able to be together without social distancing and back to helping each other out doing hair and makeup.
Don’t forget our Stage makeup tutorial on 28th March.
Zoom link will be sent on payment❤️️
20th March 2021
Today marks one year from closing our doors following government rules and guidelines.
On Friday 20th March 2020 we informed staff and pupils that we’d be having a well-being evening of classes and social gathering as we didn’t know when we’d be back again.
It was a very emotional evening especially our seniors in their A level year to hear the devastating news announced that evening. We all tried to keep as positive as possible and started using what ended up as our lockdown signature tune ‘ Always look on the bright side of life’ Our teachers kept the evening as positive as could by even joining in Miss Rebecca’s ballet class ! Who would ever have thought on that evening we would still be dealing with COVID-19. Thanking all our KH families for all the love and support throughout this year. ❤️
26th March 2021
On this day 2017
What a gorgeous bunch of Senior girls ready for a ballet exam.
Here’s to a great day tomorrow for what we hope will be the last of our zoom classes for vocational students and under.
Adults will remain on zoom until the guidelines allow safe return to the studios.
Have a great day tomorrow everyone celebrating a term of online classes.
Congratulations to you all. ❤️
27th March 2021
'World Theatre Day'
Well guys on this world theatre day we reach the end of lockdown 3 and another term of zoom classes.
All staff and pupils alike have dealt with a situation none of us ever practiced, trained for or expected.
Happy Easter break everyone (don’t forget to put your clocks forward and we hope you’re joining us for our exciting stage makeup tutorial tomorrow at 4pm)
Here’s a selection of what we genuinely hope will be our last zoom classes.
(NB our adults are still on zoom and we will consider hybrid classes for any young person having to isolate) Enjoy the photos ❤️
29th March 2021
Miss Allison has sent over this information for our seniors and adults , we hope you all appreciate being taught drama by such a wonderful actress.
Hi everyone, Miss Allison here.
If you've seen my social media you will have seen me posting about my last TV job on The Irregulars for Netflix (sadly this one is only suitable viewing for seniors and grown ups as it's a bit scary).
It's based on the young street kids who used to help Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.
I actually filmed this last year. I spent a lovely few days in Liverpool working with a brilliantly talented group of people. As I got the train back home the talk of a National Lockdown was all over the news. The next day production closed down. A year later we finally made it to the screen!
30th March 2021
World autism awareness week
Kirkham Henry welcomes young people and adults with autism. As an inclusive school our autistic pupils are encouraged to join in all our classes either in groups or private lessons. We respect that group lessons may be daunting for some people with autism and therefore a private lesson in what ever style is requested is recommended, many of our autistic pupils have gained enough confidence to transition from private to group lessons. Due to social distancing on returning to the studios only private lessons are available at the moment with our fully qualified SEND teacher Miss Kyla.
30th March 2021
We are delighted to announce we have been awarded another year with CDMT.
We have just received the following news.
"Congratulations to Kirkham Henry Performing Arts for becoming a renewed Recognised School with the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.
Kirkham Henry Performing Arts C.I.C. is a Recognised School with CDMT and has been awarded the certificate of good professional practice.
Schools awarded CDMT’s Recognised School Award demonstrate to students, parents and guardians that they adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether attending for leisure or with an eye to a career in the profession.”
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