Summer Academy Activity Weeks 2019

Who are we?

The Blackburn Empire Theatre is a professional theatre staging a variety of professional and amateur work throughout the year. Pendle Productions are a nationally recognised professional Theatre and Arts Company who have been touring and performing across the UK since 1985. Both organisations have come together to provide the best instruction and experiences for young people in the best environment with first class facilities.

The Academy is now in its 6th successful year and is a professionally led performance, actor, technical film-making and musical performer training company for young people. All our activities are designed to be a fun way of learning new skills, making new friends and exploring the arts. All our staff are fully qualified and experienced practitioners who work professionally in the Theatre/Film/ Television/ Radio industries. We have DBS checks on staff and are fully insured to work with children.

What do we do?

We work together with young people to create professional quality performances and experiences in the arts, while teaching the skills and knowledge necessary to further enjoy their artistic activities.

We run Summer and Holiday projects, through which young people work on one project for a whole week presenting a final project to the public in the main house theatre on the final day.

We also run taster sessions each Easter and October where you can sign up to try out and learn new skills whilst working with industry professionals. These taster sessions are a fun way to experience, learn, develop and explore.

The Musical Theatre Week 29 July – 2 August 2019
West End And Broadway Musical

With a heavy emphasis on teaching musical theatre skills and performance from the musical theatre world. This workshop is also for those who would like to work on their technical production skills, as there will be opportunities to work on set design, lighting and sound. So if you’re a budding musical performer, dancer, singer or actor this workshop will be right up your street. Come to our West End or Broadway theatre presentation on the Friday evening. (40 minute minimum show.) Following the success of “Matilda”, “Return to the Forbidden Planet”, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, “Blood Brothers” and “Barnum” in previous years we will be working this year on the West End Hit “School of Rock”.

Film School and Movie Making Week 5 – 9 August 2019
Film premiere on Friday night (15 Minutes)

Whether behind the camera as a director, writer and camera person or in front of the camera as an actor, dancer and singer you will have the opportunity of working with one of this country’s leading award winning film makers. You will work and develop your own unscripted or scripted films while learning vital screen-acting and filmmaking techniques. At the end of the rehearsal period you will be able to film under the supervision of a professional director and actor trainers. The high quality film will then be premiered in the Theatre on the Friday evening. So it doesn’t matter if you want to perform or work in the back room this workshop week will be just for you. Young actors benefit from the expertise of our professionals in the Film & TV industry, as well as the specialist skills of experienced actor trainers.

Summer Pantomime 12 – 16 August 2019
Dick Whittington

Your opportunity to star in a fully produced pantomime (Performance) on the Friday night. Scripted by Pendle Productions own Artistic Director you will be taught all the skills you require to take part in the Blackburn Empire Theatre’s sixth Summer Pantomime. You could be playing Dick Whittington, Fairy Bow Bells, The Wicked King Rat, Alice Fitzwarren, The Alderman, Idle Jack, Tommy the cat or a multitude of other roles. With a public performance on the Friday evening this workshop week will be sure to be the smash hit of the summer.

Dance Week 19 – 24 August 2019
The Youth Dance Company’s Dance Week

This exciting new company aims to create and perform innovative and influential youth dance, and hopes to draw together some of the brightest young talent from across the region to work with professional Choreographers and dance animateurs. The company gives members the opportunity to work with a range of inspirational teachers and choreographers, to learn, create and perform original work, drawing on a number of dance techniques including contemporary, hip hop, ballet and south Asian dance. The YDC is seeking dancers who are passionate about dance, who come from diverse backgrounds with experience in any dance style, and who simply love to perform.

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Costs for the Summer Academy

£130 each week if booked and paid for by 1st June 2019
£140 each week if paid for between June 1st and start date

If three weeks workshops are booked and paid for before 1st June
Total cost £340

If three weeks workshops are booked and paid for between June 1st and start date
Total cost £370

If four weeks workshops are booked and paid for before 1st June
Total cost £450

If four weeks workshops are booked and paid for between June 1st and start date
Total cost £490