Acting, Theatre, Circus, Drama, Music and Dance

Musical Theatre in Penryn, Newquay and Truro

with Cornwall Theatre School

Nothing beats the sheer, exhilarating buzz of performing on stage, so Principal Stephanie Johnson runs lots of shows each year for her students. She draws on her own extensive experience as a seasoned West End actress, inspiring the children with her fabulous voice and in-the-know stage tips.
Cornwall Theatre School specialises in Musical Theatre and runs two types of classes: Show Time and Trinity Exam classes.
Show Time: Do you live and breathe performing? Then join this one-hour, high energy, fun performance class! CTS specialises in working towards a show with excerpts from favourite musicals. Classes involve improvisation, acting, singing and dancing. Join now and take part in this summer’s musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ at The Lane Theatre, Newquay and The Regal Theatre, Redruth; and later in the year at The Hall for Cornwall.  Classes are divided into three age groups – 4 to 8, 9 to 11 and 12 to 17 year olds.

The Christmas show ‘Freezing’ was performed to packed houses. They filled the stage with movement and had me giggling with their wonderful facial expressions and timing. The performances were fab. The children had a chance to shine and I really felt the performance came from them. They learn a lot from working together across the different age ranges too; there is a strong ethos of helping each other backstage.



The Trinity Exam classes for ages 5 to 17 are for students who wish to hone their performance skills: emphasis is placed on solid technique as well as performance. CTS has a 100% pass rate and the students received the highest grade of Highly Commended across the board in 2013 and 2014. They also perform in local festivals and events.
For details contact Stephanie on 01637 860397 or visit


Circus and Drama Workshops

Circus Skills

Circo Kernow’s Circus Clubs

take place weekly in Falmouth, Redruth and Truro and aim to provide children and families with fun, physical, and affordable activities which improve fitness, confidence and team building skills. Circus Club tutors are also professional artists who perform nationally and internationally. Each workshop focuses on a particular skill, for example developing co-ordination and balance through juggling one week, and building strength and flexibility using rope and trapeze another. Every week is different, covering a variety of circus skills including acrobatics, juggling, clowning, mime, hula hoop, diabolo, trapeze and more. Circus Clubs are for 7 to 14yrs. Truro City Hall, Tuesdays, 6 to 7pm; Gwealan Tops, Redruth, Wednesdays, 4.30 to 5.30pm; Dracaena Centre, Falmouth, Thursdays, 4.30 to 6pm. 01326 377 008 or email

Drama and Musical Theatre

Cornwall Theatre School,

Penryn, Newquay and Truro, see review above.

KidzRUs St Ives

Learn from professional performers, directors and choreographers and take part in fantastic musical shows, pantomimes and concerts. Two classes: 7 to 13yrs & 14 to 18yrs; Wednesday and Friday evenings and an annual four-day theatre skills workshop. Recruitment for new members February & August (before starting work on a new show). 01736 797007 or e-mail

Launceston Youth Theatre,

Laun-YT-medSt John Ambulance Hall, Westgate St. Saturdays during term time, Junior Group (8 to 12 yrs) 9.30 to 11.00am; Senior Group (13 to 18 yrs) 11.30am to 1.30pm. For details visit or email

Stagecoach Penzance

has been providing high quality performing arts training to aspiring actors, dancers and singers in West Cornwall for more than 10 years. The teachers are all highly experienced in their chosen field and the focus is on skills training and confidence boosting. Students have performed in Hall For Cornwall productions, nationally and acted with Brad Pitt in ‘World War Z’. Call Tom on 07899 091237.
Stagecoach classes also run in Truro, 08452 657082; and Plymouth, 03300 500101.

Feelgood Theatre Company,

Truro. Holiday workshops for ages 5 to 12, 10am to 3pm, three days – £89. 16 to 18 Feb: the fabulous fun, all-singing all-dancing Abba musical, ‘Mamma Mia’. Easter 30 Mar to 1 Apr:  swashbuckling fun with ‘Zorro!’ To book text or call Claire on 07773337357 or

Playrite Theatre School, 07867 319674 St. Johns Hall, Truro, provide high quality training in multi-theatre disciplines. Rigorous and extensive training is given in drama, dance and music which are taught in rotation. Age groups: 5 to 10s, 10 to 13, 13+ and Twinkle Tots Music and Movement classes for 0 to 5 yrs.

Hall for Cornwall’s Youth Theatre

comprises three groups covering the ages of 7 to 21 years. Develop performance skills with support and guidance from trained and experienced practitioners. There are performances through the year and a big production on the HfC stage. 01872 321 971

There is a wealth of drama groups across Cornwall which work with children – we couldn’t cover them all!      See for more. If you would like your group to be included in future issues please contact us.

Music, Movement & Dance for little ones

Molly Music,

marvelous music & movement classes for babies & toddlers in Bodmin, St. Austell and Truro. Join in the fun, book a free trial session, bring friends & family.  Fun parties available.          Call  07775 446254 or email

Monkey Music,

Fun, educational, fantastic classes for babies from     3 months to 4 years. Weekly term-time sessions at Chacewater Village Hall; Jubilee Wharf, Penryn; Paradise Park, Hayle; Truro Community Library; The Old Cattle Market, Helston; Princess Pavilion, Falmouth and The Melting Pot, Redruth.  Full details of times  To book a FREE session call         01872 276766 or email

Baby Ballet,

new classes in Truro at All Saints Church Hall, Highertown. Wednesdays: babyballet® Tots (6 to 18mnths) 9.50 to 10.25am; babyballet® Tinies (18mnths to 3years) 10.40 to 11.15am. Classes run weekly in term time. “Children get a strong foundation in dance and that all important element: fun. Learning to dance helps develop children’s bodies and brains. Research shows babies are born to dance and really enjoy it,” says Candice. 07935952918 or

Hall for Cornwall’s Toddler Tango,

Fun-filled dance sessions using stories and imagination to encourage children to create their own movement, £5. 2 to 4 years; Fridays, 10.15 to 11am & 11.15 to 12noon.  01872 262466 see