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Junior Class

Our Junior class is aimed at children aged 4-7 and takes place 9-10am on either Saturday or Sunday. Classes are £5.00

All Classes...

…take place on-stage in the Theatre at Boldon School, giving our students the “real I-am” every week; are taught and supervised by professional staff and licensed chaperones; can be paid weekly, without any need for block bookings or contracts; are open to all children and young people, regardless of ability or experience…

Main Class

Our Main class is aimed at children aged 7-18 and takes place 10am-1pm on either Saturday or Sunday. Classes are £16.00

Term Dates 2017/8

The Christmas term starts on the 2nd & 3rd September and will run...
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2017 Productions

Our Christmas show will be “The Grinch Christmas Adventure”....
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Summer School 2018!

Next year’s summer workshops run 30 Jul – 3 Aug and 6-10 August in the...
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Half-Term Hallowe’en

There’ll be spooky goings-on in the theatre at Boldon School this...
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FORMER STUDENTS

Amy Cameron

Trained at Manchester School of Theatre, Manchester Metropolitan University

Has appeared in Northern Stage national tour of Get Carter, Homefront, This is England 90, Vera

Loved Starset because:

“I had some great opportunities; grew in confidence and made lots of friends! And had lots of fun!!”

Annie Guy

Trained at Arts Educational Schools, London (1st class BA Hons)

Recently filmed for CBBC’s Dixi 4; appeared in West Side Story, Kilworth House (cover Maria)

Loved Starset because:

“…they knew exactly how to nurture my talents.  They’ve played a big part in my career…”

Ben White

Training at Plymouth University in Theatre and Performance

Co-founder of Tenderfoot Theatre

Loved Starset because:

Starset Theatre was the first insight into the theatre for me. They created a passion out of a hobby

Hannah Jobson

Trained at The Arden School of Theatre, Manchester

Currently working as a singer for P&O Cruise Line, on a world cruise!

Loved Starset because:

“…they provided me with vital skills, built confidence and allowed me to grow as a performer…”

Jack Young

Currently completing his education at Newcastle Sixth Form

Appearing in A Song for Ella Grey at Northern Stage; has acted in community productions at the Customs House

Loved Starset because:

“Starset gave me the confidence to go out and do Musical Theatre”

Jessica Chilton

Studying BA Acting at Bath Spa University

Appeared with Starset Theatre in Hairspray (Penny Pingleton), Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and more…

Loved Starset because:

I enjoyed being part of many fantastic musicals as well as gaining vital skills to start my career – and life-long friends.

Karl Laidler

BA Hons in Theatre Production from Canterbury Christ Church University

Currently Technical Tour Manager for the Ladyboys of Bangkok; was original start up crew for the biggest ship in the world to date, Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas

Loved Starset because:

If it wasn’t for the teachings of this fantastic company I don’t think I would have been in the position I am now

Lee Dixon

Trained at Central School of Speech and Drama in the discipline of Set Construction

Currently touring carpenter for The Crucible; has previously worked on tours of Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, Avenue Q and many more, including overseas

Loved Starset because:

“it’s a great starting block for preparing young students in the skill-set of performing arts; they nurture you through-out life

Luke McGarey

Graduated in Modern Languages; currently working in London for Amazon

Is currently composing original music for a series of new plays by a startup theatre company

Loved Starset because:

I really enjoyed my time at Starset; they consistently put on the highest quality shows for young people in the North East.

Luke Maddison

Represented by Lime Actors, Manchester

Has appeared in the national tour of Leaving, Der Rosenkavalier (Opera North), Inspector George Gently

Loved Starset because:

“if I hadn’t gone there, I wouldn’t now have the confidence to perform for a living”

Rachael Walsh

First class Degree in Drama and Scriptwriting

Her first short film, ‘Stiff’ was selected to be screened at the Boston Women in Comedy Festival. She is currently working for New Writing North as their Young People’s Programme Manager

Loved Starset because:

It was great to be around people who had the same interests as me and it definitely developed my confidence as a performer.”

 WHO WE ARE

John Hudson

John Hudson

Musical Director

John has worked professionally since only 14 years old, starting in groups and then progressing to teaching before opening his own recording studio in 1998.  In 2000, John and Elissa formed the company and started the first of their stage school classes.  In recent years, John has also worked as Musical Director for a number of theatre groups including Dryburn Theatre Workshop, Darlington Operatic Society, South Moor Musical Theatre Group and Astravaganza Entertainment.

Elissa Hudson

Elissa Hudson

Artistic Director

Elissa studied dance, drama and music from a young age, taking exams with NCDTA, BTDA, LAMDA and ABRSM. Heavily involved with local theatre since a teenager, Elissa learned all aspects of producing and directing a show, supplemented by professional training, which gave her the practical skills needed to start Starset Theatre with John.  A post-graduate Diploma in Business and an RSA Diploma gave her the additional skills to run the business!

Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson

Choreographer

Helen is a freelance dance teacher and choreographer, working with primary schools, colleges and theatre groups around the north-east, as well as being resident ballet teacher at Trish and Trima’s School of Dance.  She is an Associate Member of the NCDTA and a qualified BalletbeFit instructor. Helen also works throughout the year with a number of local amateur theatre groups, choreographing pantomimes, shows and concerts.

Katie Pugh

Katie Pugh

Choreographer

Katie started dancing at a young age with the Hartlepool Stage Society before training in all aspects of dance.  She graduated from the University of Sunderland with BA (Hons) in Dance and Media Studies, and then went on to pass teaching qualifications with Northern Counties Dance Teacher’s Association (NCDTA).  She teaches in a variety of schools and dance schools and has choreographed for shows, competitions and charity events.

Maureen Hudson

Maureen Hudson

Support Assistant

Maureen has been part of the team since day one and has helped countless students over the years!  As well as working behind the scenes organizing refreshments for classes and shows, Maureen is often also at classes and works front of house at many of our productions. She can usually be found helping backstage; calming pre-show nerves; serving our audiences with drinks and snacks or folding raffle tickets!

Brett Adamson

Brett Adamson

Technical Advisor

Brett was originally a student at Starset Theatre, appearing on-stage many times before transitioning to a backstage and technical role.  Assisted by his degree in Media Production, he has created many fantastic projections and ‘moving backdrops’ for our shows, and has most recently been involved with the update of this website! He has recently taken on more commissions for local colleges and is developing his freelance website work.

WHERE WE ARE

Starset Theatre at Boldon Theatre

Starset Theatre Head Office