Be the best you that YOU can be
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Sirius Young Performers – A Performing arts school in Essex were established at the end of 2017 to deliver a means of learning the various elements of the performing arts through the media of live full scale theatre shows twice a year at professional venues. After just three years, members of the Sirius Family now also have the opportunity to become mentors and apprentices, to work on sound, lighting, makeup and scenery; to develop writing and directing skills. Those that meet the standard, may also have the opportunity to become a presenter on Siriusly Good TV or be accepted to our agency to be put forward for professional work.
To be the best YOU that you can be. We are SIRIUS about the performing arts, but our ethos is one of learning, through performance, of building confidence through gradual exposure to performance, of enhancing team work through demonstrating the importance of all individuals within a team to make the whole, of recognising strengths and building on foundations, of remembering that results are produced when people are loving what they do and above all to recognise that we are a diverse and wide ranging group of people and that diversity must be respected at all times.
Much like smells, hearing music has the ability to transport you to other places, to lift you when you are feeling down, to reduce you to tears often for no discernible reason. It can unite or sometimes even divide people such is the power of music. To be able to produce this in whatever the chosen media is a true gift. The question often asked in life, but particularly the performing arts, is was that person born with that talent? Can it be learnt? Can I ever be that good? Is it too late for me? The simple answer to this is that everyone is different. Indeed, what people want from singing is different as are their aspirations and expectations. At Sirius, we believe we can find a role for everybody to express themselves in some way through singing. We are there to look at your existing abilities, listen to your wishes and then set realistic goals. We can certainly take an enthusiastic bathroom singer and fine tune your voice through various practical techniques, but a large amount of improvement comes from practise and confidence. We will apply appropriate roles in shows to the level of your ability, pushing you gently to stretch yourself on each new occasion, gradually building that confidence through actually performing. Above all, you must enjoy it and set yourself realistic targets every step of the way. From this point the sky is the limit. Another service we offer alongside Theatre Company, is Sing for Health. A recent addition to our offerings, Lesley Harvey is a qualified Sing for Health Practitioner, currently working with 18 year olds and under. This opportunity to not only develop confidence, but also mind, body and soul is available Tuesday evenings in Felsted.
Of course, correct dance techniques are extremely important for your bodies wellbeing as well as producing great results. But key to success in this art is the passion you feel for the art and indeed feeling passion for the interpretation of the music into dance. You need to be able to convert the sound of the music into a physical form that links the audience between the two medias. Indeed, you need to be able to act too. To express emotion through not just your body, but your face too. Some of you may have read the singing section, and there we talk about being born with talent. Indeed, many people are born with innate talent in many fields, but each person varies. A person born with huge amounts of innate talent who never practices because they have no desire for instance, will never reach the top of their chosen field. At Sirius, we are not here to put you on the stage with the Royal Ballet. We are here to identify what you have and nurture you. We will develop you step by step and enable you to put what you have learnt into practise at least twice a year on stage. Again as with all sections on this page, you will truly benefit in many ways none the least in gaining confidence. I will say this in all sections because it is so important, you must enjoy yourself. Within our classes, we offer the option of undertaking ISTD exams. This is integrated into our sessions as part of the development of shows. The examinations are not compulsory and come at extra cost. Some additional lessons may be required to come up to final standard.
Have you ever been in a cinema and looked around you to see that every single person around you is silent, eyes unblinking, maybe just a tear running down their cheek and a piece of popcorn frozen half way between the bag and mouth. Chances are you are watching a film or a live show that no doubt has been well written and directed, but also beautifully acted. In fact, some of the best actors are the ones that can take a poor storyline and turn it into a masterpiece. Although, once again, the talent that you are born with can be a factor, we believe that of all the elements of the performing arts, this is one that can be most easily developed at any age. What you will need though is an ability to understand a character by reading a script, to listen to direction, be confident in your abilities, to remember lines and work well in a team. As with everything at Sirius, we will keep you generally in your comfort zone, but gently stretch you to build your confidence and learn and develop without even realising you are being taught anything. Could you be the next Hollywood or even better, UK based star to emerge. It’s very possible with application and ambition. Not only will you have the opportunity to develop your craft on stage, but with a film producer and director on our staff team, you will get to learn the craft in front of a camera too. This in turn could lead to involvement with our YouTube channel Siriusly Good TV or the attention of Sarah-Lee head of Sirius Film, TV and Theatrical Agency. If you’ve read the other sections, you will know what I’m going to say next. Indeed, you are right Have Fun!!
The audiences stand to applaud the stars of a show, but do they think about the unsung heroes? I suspect they rarely do, but anyone with humility in the industry knows they are part of a huge team. At Sirius, we look to nurture all talent from makeup, scenery construction and painting, to lighting, writing, sound, directing and editing. Indeed, we already have had talent switch from in front of the curtains to being accepted to a Digital Media, Film and TV course as a result of involvement with Siriusly Good TV.