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October 2018

Mikey Jay-Heath Workshops

BSPA is delighted to welcome the popular westend performer Mikey Jay-Heath back home for two very special workshops. Mickey was trained at Urdang and among other shows was privileged to star in the West End in Barnum and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Mikey will facilitate two dance workshops and is very much looking forward to working with BSPA students again following the success of two previous workshop days in last few years Workshop 10.00-11.30am Matilda 6-13 years cost: £10 Workshop 2 11.45am-1.45pm The Greatest Showman 13 years+ cost: £15 Please note these workshops are open to Non BSPA Students

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14October
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March 2019

Into The Woods Jr

Following the success of their production of 'Seussical" least  year  BSPA Belfast AM is delighted to present ' Into the Woods Jr". Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. " Into the Woods JR". features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

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30March
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April 2019

Legally Blonde Jr

After the success of last years production of "Madagascar Jr"  BSPA Bangor are delighted to present "Legally Blonde JR" Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit and sass – leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink! Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle's high school boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren't mutually exclusive.  As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

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06April
Stranmillis Theatre Belfast, Stranmillis Road
Belfast, BT9 5DY
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Guys and Dolls Jr

After the success of last years production of " Cats"  BSPA Lisburn is delighted to introduce their production of the legendary, Multi award winning musical comedy classic,  "Guys and Dolls Jr". Guys and Dolls JR. is an adaptation of the show considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Its namesake ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950 and won numerous Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score and witty book makes Guys and Dolls JR. a perennial crowd pleaser. Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.

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13April
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Hamilton Masterclasses

The BSPA is thrilled to be welcoming top musical theatre professionals from the award winning show 'Hamilton' to Belfast from the 22-26 April 2019 for two EXCLUSIVE masterclasses with: Julian Reeve - Music Director (US Tour) Ian Weinberger - Associate Music Director (Broadway) Michael Mindlin - Dance Supervisor (US Tour) Karli Dinardo - Co-Dance Captain (US Tour) Students will learn the music and dance of the award winning show that has taken the musical theatre world by storm, from the people who have created the magic. To register your interest email hamilton@thebspa.co.uk.

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22April
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May 2019

Honk Jr

After the success of last years production of "The Little Mermaid" BSPA Belfast South is delighted to present their production of the award-winning musical,"Honk Jr". With a score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins), Honk! JR. is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score.  Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, Honk! JR. will treat  audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears. Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be. Perfect for all the family book early to avoid disappointment

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04May
Stranmillis Theatre Belfast, Stranmillis Road
Belfast, BT9 5DY
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Shrek Jr

After the success of last years production of 'High School Musical"  BSPA Belfast PM are delighted to present the N. Ireland Premiere of "Shrek Jr" Everyone's favorite ogre is back in this hilarious stage spectacle, based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film and outrageous Broadway musical. Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

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18May
Stranmillis Theatre Belfast, Stranmillis Road
Belfast, BT9 5DY
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Alice in Wonderland Jr

BSPA Hollywood Road is very excited to present its first show, a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney Film ' Alice in Wonderland Jr". Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.  Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! A musical for all the family to enjoy!

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25May
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July 2019

Summer Youth Project 2019 – Joseph and his Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat

BSPA are delighted to announce their 2019 summer project, one of the world’s most loved family musicals - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The much loved musical is about to have a revival in London Westend. Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family. This magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Following the success of last year’s summer projects of Aladdin Jr and Jesus Christ Superstar we are delighted that our Artistic Director Peter Corry has agreed to once again Direct this show. As Peter has shown over the last few years, this production promises to be a fantastic show with lots to do for all involved whether they are the youngest or the oldest members of the cast. Please note that as usual our Summer show is open to everyone and auditions for principal parts will be held in early June date tbc. All registered with fee paid will be eligible to audition for principal roles if they wish and ALL participants will take part in the production and be on stage for all performances.

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01July
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September 2019

Exciting New BSPA School in Lisburn

Due to the popularity of musical theatre there has been an overwhelming demand for a second school in Lisburn, which draws its pupils currently not only from Lisburn but as far afield as Dromore, Portadown, Ballynahinch, Castlwellan and Lurgan. The new afternoon school will give even more young people aged 6-19 year old musical theatre students the chance to learn from the very best professional teachers and especially give availability to those who have other commitments in the morning. The Belfast School of Performing Arts (BSPA) offers students specialty training in performing Arts in age appropriate groups. This includes an exciting mix of singing, dance and drama, learning to develop specific skill-sets whilst increasing confidence and above all having fun as they learn. The existing Lisburn school has over 75 pupils as well as a thriving BSPA Juniors for pupils aged 3-5 years and is held in Pond Park Primary every Saturday, providing pupils with a fun and safe space to develop their skills with other likeminded young people. 2019 has yet again been an amazing year for NI’s top theatre school bringing home ‘Best Overall Performance’ and Best Overall Female Performer’ from the MTI (Europe) Junior theatre Celebration Awards in Birmingham recently, hosting Ireland’s first ‘Hamilton Masterclass’ with a top team from Broadway and the USA Tour and a string of sold out Spring Shows including Shrek Jr, Guys and Dolls Jr and Alice in Wonderland Jr. BSPA Director Tina McVeigh says: “I am thrilled that in our 8th year that we are opening a new school due to the overwhelming demand for a quality theatre school place for young children across Belfast, Ballymena, Bangor, Holywood and Lisburn.  BSPA teachers work hard to ensure each and every child learns the skills they need to develop in dance, acting and…

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14September
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