Wellington’s ‘CentreStage’ Academy is a fantastic opportunity for Wellington College pupils and children from the wider Shanghai community to develop performing arts, confidence and presentation skills. The CentreStage Academy is designed to teach pupils to sing, dance and act under the apprenticeship of fully qualified and enthusiastic tutors, who have professional experience.
On Saturdays from 10:00-1:00pm for Ages 13-18
To maintain quality and continue to progress our existing students we have now introduced an audition for CentreStage on Saturdays. If you would like to join, please prepare a song, a monologue and be prepared to dance. We will contact you to arrange an audition.
LEAD BY PROFESSIONALS
MR MICHAEL LARSEN-DISNEY – DIRECTOR OF ARTS
Michael is the Artistic Director and Acting teacher of the Academy and has over 30 years’ experience in mainstream commercial Musical Theatre. Michael has undertaken lead roles in professional musicals such as ‘Cats’ (in four countries), ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Godspell’, ‘Seven Little Australians the Musical’, ‘Ludwig II Sehnsucht nach dem Paradies’, and has been an actor, singer, dancer, dance captain and director. He has also taught and coached professionals and pupils around the world while writing and setting up major degree courses for Musical Theatre in the UK.
MR SAM MUILLINER – HEAD OF MUSIC
From a young age, Sam performed as a singer in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Windsor Castle, Notre Dame de Paris and the Royal Albert Hall. Sam has worked with many of the world’s top musical theatre performers, played in theatre bands for West End shows and has musically directed professional performances including “We Will Rock You”, “Sweeney Todd” and “Spring Awakening”. He is a passionate singer, keyboard player and singing teacher and recently directed the premiere of “In Holland Stands a House” – a new musical written by himself with Mr. Liam Holmes.
MR ANTHONY WOOD – DANCE TEACHER
Antony trained classical ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts under well known teachers such as Melissa Hayden of the NYC Ballet and Duncan Noble of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. He danced internationally for many companies, including Ballet de Santiago de Chile, Royal Icelandic Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Louisville Ballet, and Oldenburg Regional Ballet. His musical appearances include “Kiss Me Kate”, “Shenandoah”, “Buddy Holly”, and “Phantom of the Opera.”
All students will develop in three mandatory disciplines. We firmly believe that by becoming a “triple threat” performer, that our students will be able to develop both flexibility and virtuosity.
Taught by Mr Michael Larsen-Disney
Focus is placed on building knowledge and understanding of the acting process. We will be working on developing and defining character and emotional memory to create truth in characterisation both in text and song.
Taught by Mr Anthony Wood
The Skills include choreography, stage presentation, physical and spatial awareness. Styles of dance include jazz, musical theatre, lyrical and contemporary. These classes will help develop the body to use movement expressively.
Taught by Mr Sam Mulliner
We cover vocal technique training designed to secure the health and longevity of the voice, as well as developing understanding of how the body produces the sounds. We cover a wide range of music styles such as pop, musical theatre and jazz.
Throughout the year the pupils will have a number of opportunities to present their work to an invited public.
ADVANCED DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY
Taught by My Anthony Wood and Mr Michael Larsen-Disney
Anyone wishing to join this Academy must audition for Mr. Larsen-Disney before signing up.
Open by invitation only to Wellington Dance Scholars and senior school pupils who have advanced level Dance ability. This class will use classical, contemporary and modern dance as the basis of training and further explore all styles of dance through applied choreography.