Do you live in or around Prestwich and does your child…
- Love performing & dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or in film?
- Want to learn how to act, sing and dance?
- Want to meet & make friends with children who share their interests?
Does this sound like your child? Then Footlights Prestwich is the right place for them.
Where we are: We’re based at Prestwich Arts College, Prestwich, Manchester (Map here), with classes on Thursdays and Saturdays (See ‘Class Times’ below for specific timings).
Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Prestwich team on 07956 423 895.
The Footlights Head Office is based at Media City in Manchester, just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios. We were established in 2005 by our founder Jo Fisher, a trained actor and teacher, and who continues to have a hands-on role across our stage schools. Read more about Footlights and our history here.
We have robust processes to keep your child safe; all of our staff have DBS status and a trained first aider is always on site at each of our venues. You can read and download our safeguarding policy here.
What to expect
During your child’s time at Footlights Prestwich, our tutors will mentor them to help them realise their dreams of becoming a performer, by sharing their professional experiences, as well as facilitating and teaching performance techniques.
Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and our aim is to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building their essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. In addition to core performing arts skills, they will,
- Have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school
- Be encouraged to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum
- Be inspired when taking part in discussions
- Be listened to when building skills in decision making
- Always be working as part of a team
Their learning will give them the basics and arguably the most important components of the performing arts.
The younger the child is when they take up an activity or interest the better, as in the right environment and with the right teacher they underpin the foundation to their learning and will already have a head-start on their peers.
You will find the Footlights approach friendly and energetic. We pride ourselves on inclusivity and being an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority of our young students going onto performing arts colleges and drama schools.
We know you want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and at the same time keeps up with their important mainstream education. We understand this, so this is why our method to developing your child’s Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies. Plus, at Footlights, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).
There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (our recent successes include Game of Thrones and the CBBC series ‘KATY’).
Book a free trial today at Footlights Prestwich and see for yourself.
Want to know more? Why not take a look at our FAQ’s
Our 3 to 6 year old classes are taught acting, singing and dance in bite-size manageable chunks, all with the same teacher. From 7 years up, all classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors, each specialising in acting, singing and dance.
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Each summer, all of our children take part in a performance. It’s a full-scale show where parents/carers, family and friends can come and watch their progress.
The Autumn/Winter and Spring term schedules focus much more on skills and technique with a shorter informal presentation at Christmas.
The teaching teams provide written feedback each Easter, so you can track your child’s progress. We also practice an open door policy for anytime that you wish to discuss your child’s progress. You can use this form to contact us, or speak to us directly.
Front of House
|Claire has been a Footlights mum for five years, so she knows us inside and out. She works full-time, as well as being a taxi service to her adorable son Matthew (sorry mum), looks after everyone at Footlights Prestwich including the staff!. Any questions you need answering, or if you have any worries or concerns, Claire can help and put your mind at ease!|
Darren is an experienced actor and British Soap Award Winner. He shot to fame himself at just aged 14 years old in ‘Hollyoaks’. Read more about his career here
Darren teaches at both Media City and our Prestwich schools; focusing on characterisation, improvisation and scripts. He has a wonderful, approachable manner and is more than happy to share his years of TV experience with your child.
Cara has been with Footlights for 8 years this year and is lead choreographer at our Footlights Urmston school too.
Cara teaches your child acting, singing and dance in bite-size chunks, so that they can grasp the techniques easier, have fun and helps them to develop a love for the arts from a young age. Cara will introduce your child to the classic musicals, as well as the latest West End hits!
The Tiny’s concept is prepare your child for main school. By the time that they leave the Tiny’s group, your child will ahead of most 7 year old’s who are new to performing arts. Cara’s passion to teach will bring your child’s confidence to life.
Charlie trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, before moving to London where she worked mainly in new musical theatre shows. Now based in Manchester, Charlie continues to work across the theatre and TV industry.
She uses her extensive knowledge of the industry to support the running of Footlights Personal Management, our in-house talent agency. Charlie loves helping children to build their confidence and supporting them to fulfil their potential. Charlie specialises in singing technique and acting through song and is fantastic at putting a show together. Charlie also teaches LAMDA.
Brand New Chreopgrapher coming 2019
Choreographer & Dance Teacher
We teach ballet, tap, contemporary and commercial dance and in a very supportive environment, we aim to get the very best out of your child and teenager. We work on technique, timing, style, precision and routines. We give our Prestwich students the confidence to open up and progress in their performing abilities.
Hannah is superb! She teaches your child acting, singing and dance in bite-size chunks, so that they can grasp the techniques easier, have fun and helps them to develop a love for the arts from a young age. Hannah is a busy professional actor, ( she is part of the professional Footlights Theatre company which tours to schools) so you can expect your child to be taught to the highest of standards. Her approach is friendly and super encouraging and will introduce your child to the classic musicals, as well as the latest West End hits!
The Tiny’s concept is prepare your child for main school. By the time that they leave the Tiny’s group, your child will ahead of most 7 year old’s who are new to performing arts. Hannah’s inspiring and energetic nature will bring your child’s confidence to life.
Drama & Singing - Thursday's
Khara trained at the old Arden School of Theatre and has professionally performed at The Contact Theatre, The Lowry and Z Arts in Manchester. She’s been teaching at Footlights for nearly three years, and is fantastic at helping children and teenagers develop into the very best version of themselves. Khara is one of the most ‘born to teach’ tutor’s we’ve met, she puts her heart and soul into her classes and has the acting know-how to transform your child into well-rounded and skilled actors.
She’s also the franchisee of Footlights Old Trafford