What they say about us
Here are some of the comments we have received about the various work that we do.
Parents of our Students.
Our son has attended since age 4. He's now 7 and during the past three years his confidence has grown immensely. He's taken part in shows that are always very professional and an absolute joy to watch as a parent. Our daughter now also attends the performing art classes and the dance school for Ballet and Tap and she has benefited immensely too. We travel almost ten miles to attend classes because our children love it so much. I cannot recommend the company enough. If you are thinking about a school for your children join MTA - you will not be disappointed!
Sharon Lynch (Parent)
MTA Academy is a brilliant theatre school. My daughter, Mia is 8 years old, she has been part of MTA for 2 years, she attends dance, drama and singing every Saturday, and she loves going. The teachers are very supportive and encourage the kids to develop their skills and confidence.
The theatre group present full scale shows every year, Mia has been in 2 so far and is very excited for the next one. The shows are amazing, the kids and staff work really hard, and have such fun. Mia enjoys the rehearsals, the kids are all encouraged to work together and support each other. Mia loves to perform and MTA have given her the encouragement to develop her skills.
So whether you have a budding actress, dancer, singer, or your child just needs a little more confidence and wants to make friends, I can highly recommend Mainstream Theatre Arts.
Claire Reilly (Parent)
My Daughter aged 12 has been attending MTA for the past 2 years. She had been to various different drama schools and classes previously, but this is by far her favourite or to put it in her words "Its awesome Mum"
We as parents have been extremely impressed by the quality of the teaching, and high standard of the Productions.
Daisy has made great friendships; and her confidence has rocketed. She feels valued and very much part of a team; she always looks forward to attending.
My daughter Abigail started Mainstream Theatre Arts as a young girl with very little confidence and quite shy. Five years on she's now a most confident young person regularly achieving in life and even getting lead roles in MTA productions.
From the moment she started she has loved every minute, from the weekly classes to taking part in the shows - MTA shows are fabulous and very professional, with each and every child getting a part.
Drama, dance, singing and performing is very much the love of her life now, and this is down to the great experiences she has enjoyed by attending Mainstream.
I have recommended the company to a number of parents and have no hesitation recommending them to you.
My son Jack aged 15 has been with MTA for just over a year and he really enjoys it. We feel that attending the weekly program has already improved both his acting skills and his confidence. The shows are excellent, allowing students to really grow their abilities and talents. We enjoyed the recent production so much our family managed to buy last minute tickets to see it again.
Schools about our teacher supply.
We have had provision from Mainstream for over ten years. In that time we have been extremely pleased with the level of service provided. Providers come in to deliver drama and singing classes with the children during school times as part of our PPA cover and for after school activities. The service is reliable and on the odd occasion when our usual teacher is unavailable there is a replacement. Staff are ready to listen to requests. Work is tailored to fit in with current topics so that we have cross curricular teaching. During classes children are able to shine in different ways so enhancing their confidence and enjoyment of school.
Sharron White, Headteacher, Denton West End Primary School
The Mainstream Theatre Arts company has provided our pupils with excellent opportunities to develop a wide range of skills. I have seen considerable changes in pupil confidence, self esteem and performance skills with dramatic improvements in their acting skills. The comprehensive modules have culminated in fantastic performances which have been shared and celebrated with both parents and staff. I would wholeheartedly recommend the company to deliver both quality curricular and extra-curricular performing arts education.
C R Jones, Deputy Headteacher, Lacey Green Primary School, Wilmslow
Mainstream Drama provides a rich variety of learning-based activities for children across the primary range. Punctual and consistent support by a single instructor has enabled children to gain maximum enjoyment and make good progress with their learning. Adding focused drama lessons to our curriculum has allowed us to provide a quality learning opportunity for our children in addition to freeing up staff time for planning and preparation.
Stuart Harris, Deputy Headteacher, Park Road Primary School, Timperley
Comments from teachers on our theatre-in-education
Obviously well-planned and delivered with expertise. The children gained more from this than six weeks of lessons.
A very enjoyable workshop day that made the pupils think about the social issues as well as the statistics. Some very good support material as well which covers all the subjects within the National Curriculum.
Pupils thoroughly immersed themselves in the play making them fully aware of the dangers of alcohol. Gave children opportunity to use their creativity, humour and show powers of working co-operatively.
The drama was wonderful. Sensitive issues raised with great sincerity and thought.
Excellent attempts at involving all pupils, even SEN. Many of our children lack confidence to speak out & ‘act’—it was great to see this & they greatly appreciate an opportunity to see ‘live theatre’.
Everything about the day was excellent.
Covers a great deal of PHSE and issues we tackle in assembly time.
A fantastic day. The children absolutely loved it. Very well organised from start to finish. Loved the mixture of drama, hotseating, performance etc.
The whole day was a good follow on from the work completed in class on this issue. A great day which has obviously helped to deepen the knowledge the children already have.
Comments from pupils on our theatre-in-education
I really enjoyed the day, I think most things should be learnt this way.
I think it was fantastic and other schools will too. Brill!!
I thought everything was good and nothing was poor. I learnt quite a few things even that my parents didn’t even know.
I think it was the best way to learn because I didn’t even know I was learning but when the end come I knew loads of things.
It was a good way to learn about alcohol because we did plays about it and it was like it was really happening.