Theatre School News



The Little Mermaid Jr

Tickets Now On Sale!

Saturday 1st April
Performance times 3pm and 6.30pm

The Venue, Walton High, Fyfield Barrow
Milton Keynes MK7 7WH

Tickets £13, £11 concessions (under 3's free)
Tickets available by calling us on 01908 242649
or email

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8th Feb 2017


Seussical Jr is based on the world-famous books of Dr Seuss and is a great adventure of a show!

Seussical Jr

Saturday 23rd April
Performance times 3pm and 6.30pm

The Venue, Walton High, Fyfield Barrow
Milton Keynes MK7 7WH

Tickets £13, £11 concessions
Tickets available by calling us on 01908 242649
or email

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24th Feb 2016


Source: Milton Keynes Citizen (

Ariana Allen

A budding ballet star has been chosen from over 1,000 hopefuls to study full time with the Royal Ballet School, in London.

Ariana Allen, 12, from Bradwell Common will be training with 24 other Year Seven pupils at White Lodge, in Richmond Park, the former school of ballerinas Dame Margot Fonteyn and Darcey Bussell, from September.

Ariana, a student at CentreStage Theatre School MK, said she was excited about the big move.

She said: “It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to be a ballerina and now I’ve been given this amazing opportunity, I’m determined to make it work.

“I’ll be a bit sad to leave my family and friends here in MK and I’ll miss my ballet classes at CentreStage, but it’s such an exciting time and, besides, I’ll be able to come home at weekends.”

Ariana’s ballet teacher, Jacqueline Addis, co-principal of CentreStage Theatre School MK said: “Ariana started with me when she was eight and I could see the potential in her immediately.

“Since then she’s shown real dedication and gained distinction in all her Royal Academy ballet exams. She’s a beautiful dancer – I’m very proud of her. I expect her to do very, very well.”

Ariana will be appearing on stage with her fellow CentreStage pupils in their summer show Let’s Face the Music and Dance, on July 18 at The Venue Theatre, Walton High School.

Source: Milton Keynes Citizen (

9th June 2015


Lets face The Music and Dance

Saturday 18th July
Performance times 2pm and 5pm

The Venue, Walton High, Fyfield Barrow
Milton Keynes MK7 7WH

Tickets £12, £10 concessions
Tickets available by calling us on 01908 242649
or email

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9th June 2015


Peter Pan

Saturday 28th March
Show times 3pm and 6:30pm

The Venue, Walton High, Fyfield Barrow
Milton Keynes MK7 7WH

Tickets £12, £10 concessions (under 3’s free)
Tickets available by calling us on 01908 242649
or email

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16th March 2015

Ariana Allen Royal Ballet Success


Congratulations to Ariana Allen who has recently been accepted into the prestigious Royal Ballet’s Junior Associate programme.

Ariana auditioned last May along with over 900 other young hopefuls and was one of only a small handful to be offered a place. She will now travel to the Royal Ballet’s studios every week to be taught by the very best teachers in the country. Ariana recently passed her Royal Academy of Dance Grade 2 ballet exam with Distinction and has now set her sights on a repeat success in Grade 3 – no doubt with dreams of Covent Garden in the future!

We wish Ariana the very best of luck with her Royal Ballet experience!

1st September 2014


Congratulations to all our ballet students who have taken their RAD exams this year. After lots of hard work they each achieved fantastic marks. Our results are as follows:

Pass with Distinction10
Pass with Merit34

10th August 2014

Summer School


The summer holidays started as usual with our two summer schools, which seem to grow in popularity each year.

The Performing Arts kids worked on a scene from Honk!, which they presented to a very appreciative audience of friends and family on the last day. They also did a fantastic job performing the choreography we set to Little Mixx’s “Hey, How Ya Doin?” as well as setting the tone for the summer by singing a holiday classic!

The Ballet students spent their time studying “The Nutcracker” and produced an amazing piece to “The Dance of the Reed Flutes”, complete with some ingeniously improvised flutes!!! We watched sections of The Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker and marvelled at how many turns the Sugar Plum Fairy managed on each of her pirouettes (her maximum was 9!!). We also resolved to increase our flexibility and every girl agreed to try to be in splits by Christmas! #inspired to improve!!!

A huge thank you to Effie, Kat and Keah for all their help in making these our best summer schools yet. Roll on next year...

Ballet Summer School

1st August 2014


To mark the end of the CentreStage year, each of the Junior Performing Arts classes presented “Humpty Dumpty – Was He Pushed or Did He Fall” (a courtroom drama for 4-6 year olds!) to their friends and families. A huge well done to every child, as they all worked as a team to put on the performance of their lives! They all sang their songs with great enthusiasm, delivered their lines confidently and danced their little socks off! There was barely a dry eye in the house by the time the children took their bows. Well done kids! I was soooooo proud of you all.

14th July 2014


The Wizard Of Oz

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7th April 2014


CentreStage Theatre School MK Presents...


Sunday 14th July
Performance times 2pm and 5pm

The Venue, Walton High, Fyfield Barrow
Milton Keynes MK7 7WH

Tickets £12, £10 concessions (under 3’s free)
Tickets available by calling us on 01908 242649
or email

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28th June 2013


Voted Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards in 2000, Honk! is the enchanting musical retelling of The Ugly Duckling. After a successful run at The Royal National Theatre, it toured nationally, including a sell-out week at Milton Keynes Theatre. It has been variously described as “a great heart-warming family show with a host of memorable songs and terrific fun!” Now performed with passion by our Senior School pupils!!!
You’d be quackers not to see it!

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1st March 2013


Ballet Summer School

Tuesday 24th July – Thursday 26th July

Ages: 5 - 9 years
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: The Cross and Stable, Down’s Barn, MK14 7RZ

Three mornings of ballet classes, choreography & character dance. We’ll also be looking at some of our favourite ballets, such as Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker; doing some ballet themed arts and crafts; ballet hair and make up!
Total cost: £45

Performing Arts Summer School

Monday 30th July – Wednesday 1st August

Ages: 4 - 8 years
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: The Hazeley Academy, Emperor Drive, MK10 8PT

Three mornings of singing, dancing, acting, street dance, games, arts and crafts. Plus lots of other fun-filled activities and surprises!
Total cost: £45

8th July 2012


Saturday 24th March will see the Senior School's production of the iconic BUGSY MALONE at The Crysalis Theatre, Japonica Lane, Willin, Milton Keynes.

Performance times are 3pm and 6.30pm.
Ticket prices are £12, Concessions £10, under 3's are free.

The students have been rehearsing since before Christmas and it looks like being a fantastic show, with great numbers, costumes and loads of splurge, of course! Should be lots of fun.

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Bugsy Malone

2nd February 2012


September 2009 will see the launch of our long-anticipated Ballet classes. We'll be teaching fun and imaginative Pre-school classes, RAD Pre Primary, RAD Primary and RAD Grade 1 classes. with higher grades to come as demand grows and the school expands. Classes will be held each Tuesday during term time at the recently renovated Memorial Hall in Great Linford and will follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus.

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7th September 2009

Mamma Mania! comes to MK


Children and parents of CentreStage Theatre School MK were treated to a fABBAulous day of fun with stars of the hit musical Mamma Mia! last week when they attended a workshop featuring songs and choreography from the West End show.

Tim Stanley, Assistant Choreographer of Mamma Mia! the Movie and Associate Choreographer of both the International Tour and the London productions was assisted by Nicola Wilson, currently in the West End Show and Toby Higgins, Assistant Musical Director of the International Tour to teach the delighted attendees songs and dance steps which feature in the show.

Said Anthea Farrow, one of the adult participants whose two children also took part "My whole family had a fabulous time and it was the highlight of my year!". Whilst another happy participant Emma Ackroyd said "Thank you for a fun and challenging day, Beth and I had a lovely time. I've a new found respect for the professionals now, although we had very good teachers who broke it down and made it seem easy".

The Co-Principal of CentreStage Theatre School MK, Peter Addis, who spent over seven years as the London Associate Director of Mamma Mia! said "At CentreStage we always strive to bring the cream of the crop from the performing arts industry to Milton Keynes and give local children, and in this case their parents too, the chance to experience the thrill of learning the performing arts from those at the very top of the profession. I'm fortunate to have made a lot of good friends in the industry who are incredibly supportive of us here at CentreStage and we're extremely grateful to Tim, Toby and Nicky for giving up so much of their time to give us all such a wonderful experience".

Applications are now being accepted for our September intake. For more details about the school and future workshops, or for an application pack email or call 01908 242649.

CentreStagers Fly to Peter Pan Success


Pupils at CentreStage Theatre School MK shout a big "Well done!" to class-mates Joe Taylor and Kelsey Williams who have been selected to star as two of the Lost Boys, Curly and Jib respectively, in Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre this Christmas. Said Kelsey (11) "the audition was fun, but I was a bit nervous when we were put into two groups and I didn't know if I had been chosen or not". Joe (also 11), who recently starred as Oliver Warbucks in CentreStage's production of Annie added "I've always wanted to be a professional actor so this is a dream come true and it's cool that we get to be on stage with the Fonze. I'm a bit too young to remember Happy Days, but my parents have told me all about it".

Peter Addis, Principal of CentreStage Theatre School said "We're thrilled that two of our pupils have done so well at their first professional audition and we are very proud of their success. Our new afternoon school is about to open here at CentreStage, so if there are any other budding performers out there interested in coming along to join the fun, please contact us now on 01908 242649".

Half Term Grease the Musical Workshop


CentreStage Theatre School MK announce their next West End Musical Theatre Workshop. Be a T Bird or a Pink Lady for a day. A day's workshop run by the former Associate Director & Choreographer of the West End production, culminating with a performance to friends and family.

  • Tuesday 19th February 2008
  • Ages: 10-18
  • Venue: The Hazeley Academy MK
  • Price: £40
  • Run by former Associate Director & Choreographer of the West End Production
  • A whole day of Rydell Highs!
  • Open to all
  • Limited availability

For more details, or to apply for a place please email or call 01908 242649.

1st February 2008

Half Term Cats Workshop


CentreStage Theatre School MK are proud to announce their first West End Musical Theatre Workshop. Create your own Jellicle Cat with make-up, movement and choreography from the world's most famous musical!

  • Tuesday 23rd October 2007
  • Ages: 7- 11 or 12-18
  • Venue: The Hazeley Academy MK
  • Price: £15
  • Run by ex West-End Cast Member
  • 3 hours of Jellicle fun
  • Open to all
  • Limited availability

For more details, or to apply for a place please email or call 01908 242649.


CentreStage Theatre School MK had a very successful launch at Milton Keynes Theatre recently.

The West End Stars came out in force to support us, including a magical nanny and a green witch! They were in fact our first ever patron Scarlett Strallen, currently playing the title role in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre and Shona White, alternate Elpheba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria.

A host of other pals: Tasha Sheridan, Nia Fisher and Lucy Harris, all from Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales, also turned out and even a Hobbit from Lord of the Rings in the shape of Ben Evans!

A great contingent of youngsters also joined us, to whom we were very grateful. Ranging in age from five to fifteen, they donned their CentreStage MK T Shirts and seemed to have a great time being put through their dance paces by Nia as they posed for the cameras.

We managed to make it on to BBC Look East that evening, as well as Horizon and BBC Three Counties radio stations. Articles such as the one below appeared in MK's local newspapers and web information sites. Please click on the links to the right to see further examples.

Mary Poppins flies in for launch of new theatre school in MK


A West End theatre director officially opened Centre Stage, a new weekend performing arts school, in Milton Keynes yesterday.

A host of West End celebrities took a break from their London shows to celebrate the launch of the new CentreStage Theatre School MK on July 9th at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Founder Peter Addis, former London Associate Director of the hit musical Mamma Mia! invited his friends and colleagues from the West End to the launch of his new school, amongst them Scarlett Strallen, (who is currently making national headlines in the title role of Mary Poppins), Tasha Sheridan (Sophie in Mamma Mia!) and Shona White (Alternate Elphaba in Wicked).

Scarlett Strallen became the first patron of CentreStage. She said: "I'm delighted to be supporting Peter's new school. He's a fantastic teacher and director."

Tasha Sheridan who was taught drama skills by Peter at London's prestigious Arts Educational School added: "I owe him so much for his input into my career over the years. CentreStage will be a huge success with such exceptional talent behind it."

The West End stars will be returning to the school on a regular basis as guest teachers providing coaching workshops for the students.

CentreStage is pleased to announce that it will be a new school of excellence in brand new surroundings, since the state of the art Hazeley Academy is to be the venue it will operate from every Saturday morning from September, catering for children aged 4 -18.

It will focus on musical theatre and offer professional coaching in singing, dancing and acting.

Said Peter, who will run the school with his wife Jacqueline, herself a former professional actress and dancer: "The school is about giving children of all abilities access to the best tutoring at an affordable price. As with every profession, success comes with knowledge. Our students will benefit by learning from the top performers and teachers in the industry passing on their knowledge and experience and thus encouraging new talent to blossom. Promising students can progress to have specialist advanced tuition as we will want to nurture and develop their abilities."

He added: "Most importantly, the school is about confidence building and gaining life skills which can be transferred into every aspect of a child's life. Above all we want our students to have fun and enjoy their achievements."

As well as directing West End shows Peter has been a teacher at the Arts Educational School, Guildford School of Acting and Midlands Academy.

For information or an application pack visit or telephone Peter and Jacqueline on 01908 242649.

10th July 2007