SPRING TERM 2008
"Journey of a Lifetime"  7th , 8th and 9th March 2008
Tickets
Tickets for this show will be going on sale on Saturday 26th January at St Williams Church Hall from 10.00 am and after that will be available at all classes.  Prices are £9.00 (adults) and £7.00 (concessions Senior Citizens and children under 16 years).  Cheques should be payable to "The Bluebell School of Dance Charity Account" and tickets should be paid for when ordered.   If your child is in "First Steps" ballet through to Primary Ballet they will not normally be performing at every performance so please check the notice board or the web site to see which performance they are in.  All grades from "First Steps  Grade 1 (inclusive) are only in the first half of the show and therefore if you wish them to see the second half you must purchase a ticket for them.  The rules of the The Brook Theatre are that no children will be allowed into the auditorium without a ticket.  If you have children under 3 years who you wish to bring you must inform our Box Office staff and they will obtain free "baby" tickets (however the children will need to sit on your lap)
Costumes
Due to the ever-increasing costs of providing costumes we will be charging a minimal hire charge of £5.00 per pupil for 1 to 3 costumes and £10.00 per pupil for 4 or more costumes.  This hire charge will only effect from Grade 1 upwards (not "First Steps", Pre-Primary or Primary).  The average cost of costumes across the School is approximately £70  £80.00 per pupil. For some senior pupils it can be well over £100.00 and not all of the costs can be covered by ticket money and fundraising.  If costumes are damaged or lost or not returned by the required date the full cost of the costumes will be charged.
If the hire cost is a problem to anyone, please let me know as we do not wish to exclude any children from the show for financial reasons.
Photographs
Our Photographer John Hall will be available to take photos on Saturday 1st March at St Williams Church Hall.  On that day we will be having a full days rehearsal and you will be able to have photos taken at any time. Please be aware that this will be the only opportunity as John will not be at the Dress Rehearsal on Thursday 6th March.  Most costumes will be available on that day.  Photos will be £10.00 for an 8 x 6 ".  Arrangements can be made for family groups and multiple photos.
DVDs
There will be DVDs available of all performances of the production and I will be sending out order forms prior to the show dates.  If any parent has any objection to having their child filmed, then they must speak with me asap.  No personal videography or photography is allowed in the theatre.
Rehearsals
The main rehearsals outside of normal classes will be on Saturday 1st March at St Williams Church Hall Walderslade and Thursday 6th March at "The Brook Theatre", Chatham. Both rehearsals are important but it is imperative that ALL pupils attend on Thursday 6th as it will be their only opportunity to rehearse on stage.  Please check the notice board/web site for details of times to attend.  We do not intend to keep young children (ie "First Steps  Grade 1) any longer than necessary and they will be called for specific times early in the evening.
School Logo Items
We would like all pupils attending the Theatre to wear items which identify them to the School.  These are available on order from Sue/Andy  please ask us for details

"JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME"
AT THE BROOK THEATRE, CHATHAM Friday and Saturday 7TH/8TH
March at 7.30 pm and Sunday 9TH |March at 4.00 pm

Rehearsal Saturday 1st March at St Williams Church Hall, Walderslade
The times for this rehearsal on 1st  March are listed below

9.00-10.00 am    First Steps", Pre-Primary
10.00- 11.00am   Primary Grades
11.00 - 1.00pm ACT ONE Grade 1 through to Adults in first Act
1.00-1.30 pm  LUNCH
1.30 - 2.15pm FINALE
2.15 - 4.15pm ACT TWO Grade 2 through to Adults in 2nd Act
Pupils should attend this dress rehearsal this Saturday at St Williams Church Hall.  They should check notice board for exact times.  Parents do not need to stay with their child, but if you would prefer to stay there is a coffee shop at the Hall where we would ask you to stay as there will not be room in the rehearsal studio to accommodate parents and family.
A professional photographer will be available at this rehearsal for anyone who would like a photograph taken (pupils must have their parents written permission for this if parents are not staying with their children).  John Hall is the photographer and he charges £10.00 for a portrait photo in costume.  At past productions his photos have been excellent. There will also be a press photographer from Kent Messenger in attendance at around 11.00 am.  All costumes that have been completed will be available on this day

There will be normal classes Monday 3rd through to Wednesday 5th March.

Rehearsal Thursday 6th March at The Brook Theatre, Chatham
The times for this rehearsal on 6th March are listed below

4.00-6.00 pm    First Steps", Pre-Primary & Primary Grades
5.30- 8.30 pm    Grade 1 through to Adults in first Act
8.30-10.30 pm  Grade 2 through to Adults in 2nd Act

We will be rehearsing the finale at approx 8.00 pm and therefore pupils in Grades 2  4 may go home as soon as their last dance in Act 2 is rehearsed.  Anyone who is in the final "Crystal Cave" scene must remain until this has been rehearsed.

Pupils who are in "First Steps" through to Primary Grade should arrive at The Brook at 4.00 pm or as soon as they can get there.  They should be finished by 6.00 pm. Everyone from Grade 1 upwards who is in the First Act should arrive at The Brook Theatre at approx 5.30 pm to start the first Act of the show at 6.00 pm.  Grade 1 pupils should be finished by 8.30 pm.  Grade 2 pupils and above will be needed for Act 2 but may go home as soon as their last dance has been rehearsed.  Grade 5 through to Adults will be needed until the end of the rehearsal (approx 10.30).   We ask that parents remain with their children for this rehearsal as we will not have official chaperones.  If you are unable to do so you should ensure that your child is in the care of another appointed adult.  We are unable to take responsibility for individual children at this rehearsal.

Costume/hair make-up
Pupils should bring all of their costumes to both of the above rehearsals including correct tights, socks and shoes as appropriate. For details of costumes please see Notice Board or Journey of A Lifetime Page. For hairstyles also please see notice board or Journey of a Lifetime page.  No make-up is required at the Saturday rehearsal but should be worn for the main rehearsal at The Brook Theatre on Thursday 6th March. Details of make-up will be discussed on Saturday.  Please wear School logo shirts or pink cardigans with leotard and black trousers or jazz pants to rehearsal/performance and please ensure that all items of clothing are named

Performances
Pupils should arrive at the theatre between 7.00 pm and 7.15 pm on Thursday and Friday and between 3.30 and 3.45 pm on the Sunday.  Chaperones will only be available from 30 minutes before the show.  Parents should sign their children in to the appropriate dressing room and then leave them with the chaperones.  You should not collect your child until the interval and they must be signed out of the dressing room.  We take enormous care to ensure the safety of all our children and therefore request that you follow our instructions.  If your child has a problem or is upset we will contact you quickly.  If you wish to help chaperone on an evening when you are not watching we would welcome your help

Videography and Photography
This is not allowed in the Theatre.  There will be an official DVD made of the show.



BLUEBELL SUCCESSES
AT
MEDWAY STAGE FESTIVAL 2008

At the recent Stage Festival at The Brook Theatre which was run over three week-ends, Bluebell won 20 cups and approximately 70 medals (including 24 Gold Medals).

Our Troupes and Groups won 3 gold medals and 2 Bronze medals, (including The Adult Cabaret team who have now won for 5 consecutive years!)

Bluebell School was awarded the overall teachers' prize after gaining the most points over the three week-ends

WELL DONE TO ALL OUR PUPILS AND TEACHERS

EXAMINATION SESSIONS
SUMMER 2008


We will be holding the following examination sessions during June 2008

Sunday 15th June at Tunbury Hall Modern and Tap

Classes participating will be Class 1 and 2 and 3 (Rainbow awards or Junior medals) Class 4 (some doing Junior Bronze medals and some taking Grade 2 Modern), class 5 (Grade 3 Tap) Class 6 (Grade 4 Tap and Senior Bronze Medals) Class 7 (Advanced Modern)

Not all pupils will be taking part and will take the next exam in November, please check with Miss Sue or Miss Claire for details

There will be some extra classes/private classes available on Wednesdays and during half-term, please check with Miss Sue or Miss Claire


Sunday 29th June at Tunbury Hall - Ballet

Classes participating will be Pre-Primary (Thursday and Saturday)  Class exam
Primary (Thursday and Saturday)  Primary Ballet or Rainbow award
Grade 1 (Thursday and Saturday)  Grade 1 Ballet or Rainbow award
Grade 2 (Saturday)  Possibly Grade 2 ballet (may be held over until October/November
Grade 3 (Saturday  Possibly Grade 3 ballet (may be held over until October/November
Intermediate Foundation (Thursday)Intermediate Foundation

Not all pupils will be taking part and some will take part in the next exam in October/November, please check with Miss Sue or their teacher for details

All pupils who are definitely taking grade exams from Grade 1 upwards (not medals or rainbows) should try to come to a second lesson from now until the exams.  There will be an opportunity to do some extra work on Wednesday 28th May  (during half term), please speak to Miss Sue or Miss Trudi for details.

Fees for extra classes attended will be £3.75 per lesson

AUTUMN TERM DATES TO REMEMBER

Listed below are some of the events taking place during the Autumn Term.  Please do not hesitate to call Miss Sue if you have any queries

Saturday 4th October No Classes at Tunbury Hall (due to an all day community booking) but classes as normal at St Williams Church Hall

Sunday 5th October Senior Tunbury Hall Saturday classes to be held on this day at Tunbury.  (Normal times)   Please speak to Miss Trudi if you have any problems with this.

Sunday 12th OctoberBallet exams at Tunbury Hall.  Grade 2, Grade 3 and Grade 5 will be taking their Grade Exams.  Plus medals/rainbow awards from other grades.   Miss Sue will speak to grades involved

Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th OctoberSwale Festival at Sittingbourne Community College

Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th OctoberSwale Festival at Sittingbourne Community College

Half Term
Monday 27th October  Sunday 9th November

Saturday 8th NovemberRehearsals for Tap/Modern Exams.  Details to be given later

Sunday 16th NovemberTap/Modern Exams at Tunbury Hall

Sunday 23rd NovemberChoreographic Competition at Tunbury Hall from 1.00 pm

Saturday or Sunday 29th/30th November Singing festival in Maidstone involving Singing classes

Saturday  13th December (End of Term)Annual Presentation of Awards at St Williams Church Hall.  Junior Presentation 9.15  10.15 am.  Main presentation at 11.00 am.

Saturday 3rd January 2009New term commences

RESULTS FROM SWALE FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 2008

A fantastic effort by everyone at Swale Festival this year. Look at all these trophies:
Baby Cabaret - Amy Sinton
Junior Character - Conor Ashman
Junior Modern - Rebecca Austen
Senior Ballet - Sophie Phillips
Senior Character - Erin Ashman
Senior Vocal - Erin Ashman
Choreographic Open - Holly Gibson
Senior Trios - Holly Gibson, Emily Wolfe & Sophie Phillips
Most Promising Performer Under 7 years - Amy Sinton
Most Promising Performer Over 12 years - Natalie Judges
Endeavour - Aidan Forster
Novice Classical - Sophie Wolfe

And all these medals:
SUMMERTIME FESTIVAL AT BIRCHINGTON-ON-SEA

Well done to all our competitors. There were lots of medals so well done to everyone but here's a list of the trophies we won:

Junior Ballet - Aidan Forster
Junior Modern - Sophie Wolfe
Junior Song & Dance - Aidan Forster
Junior Novice - Emily Wolfe & Aidan Forster
Intermediate Vocal - Olivia Gammon
Senior Vocal - Lauren Forster
Senior Character - Holly Gibson
Choreographic Solo Open - Holly Gibson
Aggregate (Ballet, National, Character, Lyrical) - Holly Gibson
Boys Award - Aidan Forster
Choreographic Duets Open - Holly Gibson & Sophie Phillips
Senior Classical Duets - Holly Gibson & Sophie Phillips
Junior Trio/Quartet Classical - Rebecca Austen, Sophie Austen & Ellie Austen
Senior Trio/Quartet Classical - Olivia Gammon, Sophie Phillips, Emily Wolfe
Junior Troupe - Bluebell

I.T.D.A Championships

Junior Modern
Emily Wolfe - 3rd Place

Junior Ballet
Emily Wolfe - Runner Up
Aidan Forster - 3rd Place

Senior Tap
Sophie Phillips - Runner Up

Senior Modern
Sophie Phillips - Winner
Lauren Forster - Runner Up

Miss Dance Of Great Britain
Joni Gibson - Runner Up
Holly Gibson - 3rd Place




Cabaret Trios/Quartets 12 years & Over
Sophie Phillips, Emily Wolfe, Holly Gibson - Gold
Sydney Willison, Aimee Gould, Conor Ashman, Aidan Forster - Bronze

Vocal 12 years & Over
Erin Ashman - Gold
Holly Gibson & Lauren Forster - Silver

Choreographic Open
Holly Gibson - Gold
Holly Gibson & Natalie Judges - Silver
Natalie Judges - Bronze

Novice Classical 12 years & Over
Aimee Gould - Gold
Sydney Willison - Silver
Katie Hammant - Silver
Grace Walton - Bronze

Novice Cabaret 12 years & Over
Grace Walton - Gold
Sydney Willison - Silver
Katie Hammant - Silver
Aimee Gould - Bronze

Tap 14 & Under 16 years
Sophie Phillips - Bronze

Ballet 14 & Under 16 years
Sophie Phillips - Gold

Song & Dance 14 & Under 16 years
Erin Ashman - Gold

Lyrical Modern 14 & Under 16 years
Sophie Phillips - Gold

Greek 14 & Under 16 years
Sophie Phillips - Silver

Character 14 & Under 16 years
Erin Ashman - Gold

Character 16 years & Over
Holly Gibson - Gold
Lauren Forster Bronze

Classical Solo Under 6 Years
Amy Sinton - Gold

Classical Cabaret under 6 years
Amy Sinton - Gold

Ballet 6 & Under 8
Scarlet Filmer = Bronze

Tap 12 & Under 14 Years
Olivia Gammon - Silver
Aidan Forster - Bronze

Character 10 & Under 12 Years
Conor Ashman - Gold
Rebecca Austen - Bronze

Cabaret Novice Under 12 Years
Rhianne Cochrane - Silver
Rebecca Cross - Bronze

National 10 & Under 12 Years
Sophie Wolfe - Bronze
Conor Ashman - Bronze

Ballet 12 & Under 14 Years
Olivia Gammon - Silver

Greek 10 & Under 12 Years
Sophie Wolfe - Silver

Song & Dance 12 & Under 14 Years
Olivia Gammon - Gold
Aidan Forster - Bronze

Tap 10 & Under 12 Years
Sophie Wolfe - Gold
Conor Ashman - Bronze

Vocal 12 years & Under
Conor Ashman - Silver
Groups Under 12 years
Bluebell (Deagas) - Silver

Groups Over 12 years
Bluebell (Flower Festival) - Silver

Troupes Under 12 years
Bluebell (Austin Powers) - Silver
Bluebell (Mary Poppins) - Bronze

Troupes Over 12 years
Bluebell (Nina Simone Tribute) - Silver
Bluebell (Dazed and Confused) - Bronze
Bluebell (Anything Goes) - Bronze

Tap 16 years & Over
Holly Gibson - Silver
Lauren Forster - Bronze

Ballet 16 years & Over
Holly Gibson - Gold
Natalie Judges - Silver

National 16 years & Over
Holly Gibson - Gold

Song & Dance 16 years & Over
Lauren Forster - Silver
Holly Gibson - Bronze

Modern 16 years & Over
Holly Gibson - Gold
Natalie Judges - Silver

Greek 16 years & Over
Holly Gibson - Gold
Natalie Judges - Silver

Lyrical 16 years & Over
Holly Gibson - Gold
Natalie Judges - Silver

Classical Duets 12 years & Over
Aidan Forster & Sydney Willison

Cabaret Duets 12 years & Over
Holly Gibson & Natalie Judges - Silver
Holly Gibson & Sophie Phillips - Bronze
Lauren Forster & Aidan Forster - Bronze

Classical Trios/Quartets 12 years & Over
Olivia Gammon, Sophie Phillips, Emily Wolfe - Gold
Sophie Phillips, Emily Wolfe, Holly Gibson - Silver

Classical Trios 9 years & Under
Ellie Austen, Sophie Austen,
Rebecca Austen  - Gold

Classical Duets 9 & under 12 Years
Conor Ashman & Rebecca Cross - Silver

Lyrical Modern 10 & Under 12 Years
Sophie Wolfe - Silver
Conor Ashman - Bronze

Modern 12 & Under 14 Years
Elizabeth Blenkinsop - Silver
Olivia Gammon - Silver
Aidan Forster - Bronze

Song & Dance 10 & Under 12 Years
Conor Ashman - Gold
Sophie Wolfe - Bronze

Character 12 & Under 14 Years
Aimee Gould - Silver
Olivia Gammon - Bronze
Elizabeth Blenkinsop - Bronze

Novice Classical Under 12 Years
Sophie Wolfe - Gold
Sophie Austen - Bronze

Ballet 10 & Under 12 Years
Rebecca Austen - Silver
Conor Ashman -  Bronze

National 12 & Under 14 Years
Elizabeth Blenkinsop - Bronze

Modern 10 & Under 12 Years
Rebecca Austen - Silver
Conor Ashman - Bronze

Lyrical 12 & Under 14
Olivia Gammon - Silver
Sydney Willison - Bronze

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