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Welcome to Theatre Stars School!

Welcoming young people of all abilities and backgrounds, Theatre Stars School’s dynamic classes are designed to develop youth confidence and improve health and fitness whilst learning fantastic performing skills in a safe and encouraging environment. All of this helps to develop important social skills for students to take with them into the real world.

All classes will be taught by qualified coaches who will share their skills and knowledge of performing arts with participants.

If you love to sing, dance or act then these classes are perfect for you!
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Meet our Coaches

Hollie McIntosh

Leah Shepherd
Ruaridh Mathieson
Hollie – Singing Coach

Hollie, a local singer from Carnoustie, has been singing since she was 2 years old. She is deeply passionate about various genres, including pop, ballads, and musical theatre.

Throughout her upbringing, Hollie actively participated in local pantomimes, musical competitions, and singing groups. She thrives on performing in front of audiences and collaborating with fellow artists to highlight their talents on stage. For more than three years, she served as an Assistant Singing Teacher at Angus Centre for Performing Arts, where she guided young individuals in the art of singing. Additionally, she lent her assistance to various Musical Theatre classes catering to different age groups.

Beyond her musical pursuits, Hollie has been closely engaged with children and young people, including those with special needs in a local high school, as well as caring for her younger siblings.

Hollie is on the brink of embarking on a journey to Dundee and Angus College, where she aims to earn a certificate in Child, Health, and Social Care. Her long-term aspiration involves working with children in various capacities in the future.

Leah – Dancing Coach

Leah has been heavily involved with dance from the age of 2 years old. She has always loved trying every kind of dance presented to her and by doing so she has had opportunities to work with a variety of different dance schools and theatre companies across Dundee and Angus. Leah has studied a variety of dance styles from ballet and theatre to highland and street dancing.

She has been a part of many amateur musicals and showcases as well as competitions during her dance career. Leah had the privilege of dancing on the runway of Dundee airport to welcome in the first flight from Amsterdam. She has taken part in summer workshops in London with a number of west end professionals, learning the exact choreography from west end shows and even movie musicals.

Leah was selected to be a dancer in professional pantomimes, working with Robert C Kelly in a professional environment with an intense block of rehearsals before performing for a month. She has recently studied contemporary dance at the ‘Scottish School of Contemporary Dance’ in Dundee and is now continuing her studies at the University of Aberdeen, where she will complete her degree in primary education.

She has taken on choreographing and assisting roles with theatre companies working with a wide range of ages and thoroughly enjoys being able to work and interact with children and young people.

Ruaridh – Acting Coach

As an Arbroath local Ruaridh (you can call them Roo) is delighted to be a part of the Theatre Stars team. They consider the Webster Theatre to be their second home, having grown up performing there in shows with local societies such as Arbroath Musical Society, Angus Musical Youth Theatre and Stagecraft School of Dance.

They’ve also performed with national groups such as Scottish Youth Theatre’s National Ensemble, and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Roo is a graduate of the Masters programme at East 15 School of Acting, where they studied a range of acting disciplines under internationally acclaimed tutors and are excited to share what they’ve learned with young people here in Angus.

Outside of the theatre Roo has worked extensively with children and young people; both in schools as a pupil support assistant and as pastoral care staff for the National Youth Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra’s youth and community choirs.

At present they’re training as a Primary teacher at the University of Aberdeen.

Theatre Stars School welcome West End Star Norman Bowman as Patron

ANGUSalive’s Theatre Stars School are excited to welcome West End Star, Norman Bowman, as Patron of the School which is based at Arbroath’s Webster Memorial Theatre.

Norman was born and raised in Arbroath before being awarded a scholarship to train in Musical Theatre at The London Academy of Performing Arts. He has since appeared in numerous stage and screen productions including touring as Danny Zuko in Grease and Marius in the West End production of Les Miserables to name just a couple.

“It’s the biggest flattery in the world to be asked to be Patron of the school. As representative of something that I love, anything that comes from being able to spread the joy of what I do for a living is always a bonus. It’s always heartening to see how many kids are still interested in performing.”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 10-week course in stage skills to include acting, singing, and dancing, led by Theatre industry professionals
  • The ability to work effectively with fellow performers and with professional directors and technical staff as well as knowledge of current trends in audition practice
  • Pupils will gain the understanding of the focus required to sustain high levels of personal achievement
  • The ability to evaluate a performance in an objective manner and the development of personal resources to deal with potentially stressful situations
  • A musical awareness and sensitivity to a wide variety of music and vocal styles
  • We welcome all young people aged 5 – 18 years old.

Twinkle Stars: Ages 5–7    |    Shooting Stars: Ages 8-11    |    Super Stars: Ages 12-18

  • Classes will be delivered in 10-week blocks, every Tuesday evening, at The Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath during the School Term Time.
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