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"MTH! has not only given me a platform to develop myself as a performer, but also as a person."

Georgia McElwee (Head Girl)

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Kim Clawley (MTH! Adults) 

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News

MTH! VARIETY PERFORMANCE 2016

The Musical Theatre High! Academy in Leighton Buzzard presented its annual Variety Performance at The Venue MK, celebrating the school’s fourth year and the world of musical theatre. The show opened with the Junior and Senior classes strongly led by the MTH! Boys with Electricity from the powerful musical Billy Elliot. More than 180 children took to the stage performing hits from shows such as Aladdin, Mary Poppins and the Carole King musical Beautiful, including a James Bond section with power ballads a plenty! 

At the end of the final performance, principal Richard Reynard and assistant Kate West made speeches praising the students for their hard work, progression and dedication to the Academy. The After School Club Scholarship was presented to Benjamin Young, the Junior Dance Scholarship to Halle Bainbridge, the Senior Dance scholarship to Abby Davies. The Junior Musical Theatre Scholarship went to Nicole Janes and Senior Musical Theatre Scholarship to Aimee Brooker. Trophies were awarded to Holly-Marie Seller ( The Rosie May Annual Scholarship) for her strong work ethic in last year’s charity performance of Legally Blonde.

The Special Achievement Award went to siblings Immy and Toby Ward for both improving for individual reasons. The Boys Award was won by Spencer Digby, fighting off his strong competition of 45 other lads who attend the school. The prestigious Scarlett Strallen Stand Out Award was presented to Molly Wasway for her outstanding performance in the show and Georgia McKelwee was asked to be the Academy’s Head Girl for her remaining time at the school.

Richard said: “As the Musical Theatre High! Academy goes into its fifth year we commend the students’ personal achievements as individuals on and off stage.”

MTH! VARIETY PERFORMANCE 2015

Musical Theatre High! Academy presented their third Variety Performance at The Venue MK on 21 & 22 March to a standing ovation. The 150 strong Musical Theatre High! Company entertained audiences over the two days performing songs, dances and scenes from a vast array of musicals. Now in its fifth year, Musical Theatre High! offers students who love theatre the opportunity to learn from professional actor and principal, Richard Reynard (also known as Richie Rich) who has appeared in numerous West End shows. He is supported by his colleague and life long friend, Kate West (also known as Lovely Kate.) Together they create a safe and fun environment for the students to express themselves in, learning stage techniques and building their confidence. Scholarships and awards were presented at the final performance. The Junior Scholarship was won by Charlotte Kelly and Senior Scholarship by Shona Macpherson. The Rosie May Year Scholarship and trophy awarded to Ethan Doyle, Special Achievement Award to Georgia Crosland & Vittoria Graves. The new Boys Award to Max Smith and The Scarlett Strallen Award - Georgia McElwee for her great work ethic and talent.  Classes run throughout the week at Leighton Middle School for students from 3 up to 20. The summer term sees an adults class added to the timetable for anyone over 21. Each half term a different musical is selected where songs, dances and scenes are taught. The class will be run by Richard and also West End star Zoe Curlett who played Christine in The Phantom of The Opera. No experience required, just a good sense of humour! For more information on Musical Theatre High! visit www.musicaltheatrehigh.com.

 

MTH! VARIETY PERFORMANCE 2014

 

Musical Theatre High! Academy presented their 2nd Variety Performance on 29 and 30 March, selling out four shows at the Vandyke Upper School. Over 170 students took part, singing, dancing and acting their hearts out, lighting up the theatre in Leighton Buzzard. Principal and West End professional, Richard Reynard directed and choreographed the show with exciting numbers from numerous musicals including Matilda and Once. The schools patron, Scarlett Strallen, who starred on Broadway and in the West End as Mary Poppins and soon to return to New York to act alongside Kenneth Branagh, presented her Stand Out Award to Anna Pridgeon. The Potential Award was awarded to Jack Cullen with the Juniors Scholarship to Kaci James and After School Club Scholarship to Max Smith. The show was received by over 700 people to an outstanding response. Scarlett said “I can’t believe the talent in Leighton Buzzard, amazing performances by future stars!” The final performance was attended by Geoffrey Garratt who recently staged Les Mis on Broadway and currently choreographing Miss Saigon in the West End. The Musical Theatre High! Academy runs Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s at Leighton Middle School throughout the school term. For more information visit www.musicaltheatrehigh.com.
 
 
 
 

MTH! VARIETY PERFORMANCE REVIEW

24 March 2013

 

Proud families from Leighton and beyond packed into a school’s theatre to see the stars of tomorrow from one of the town’s top theatre schools perform in their first ever variety show.

 

From the Circle of Life to the razzle dazzle of A Chorus Line, more than 100 children from Musical Theatre High! sang, danced and acted in a sensational debut performance that no-one will ever forget.

Youngsters from Leedon Lower and Newton Longville Schools stole hearts with comedy routines and songs from Mamma Mia and Half A Sixpence; the theatre school’s juniors dressed up to do The Time Warp from Rocky Horror, the Blues Brothers and Legally Blonde; the seniors performed a Hairspray medley and there were outstanding solos from some of the oldest students who make up the tech classes for those serious about pursuing a career on stage.

There were show-stopping performances by Michael Johnson (Miss Saigon); Lizzie Lister (My Fair Lady); Kieran Faulkner as Mr Cellophane (Chicago) and Anna Pridgeon with Avenue Q’s Kate Monster singing There’s A Fine Fine Line from the comedy musical.

But one of the highlights was watching the black clad tech ladies (Anna, Beth Hawkins,Georgia McElwee, Phoebe Munford, Steph Graham) perform Cell Block Tango from the murderously steamy Chicago accompanied by Ashley Jones.

The Scarlett Strallen Standout Award was later presented to Chloe Payne, 15, of Linslade, for her professionalism and her strong progression as a performer.

West end actor and Linslade old boy Richard Reynard, who has appeared in Blood Brothers, Cats, Mamma Mia, Chicago and more, has put his successful career on hold to nurture the area’s children and he has discovered a rich seam of talent.

MTH holds weekly and after-school classes to give youngsters a chance to perform in the spotlight and boost their confidence.

Anne Cox - Leighton Buzzard Observer

 

 

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Hello there!

We have moved! After a long wait we are in our new building - The Recreation Rooms. I am beyond happy with the space and classes have taken well to the renovated space. Yay!

We are nearing the end of term and Christmas is not far away! Our Charity Performances are nearly complete and ready to show to parents. We must remind ourselves what we are doing this for and that is to honour the memory of Rosie May Storrie who was a beautiful girl who loved to perform. This was taken away from her at the age of 10 when she passed away leaving her devastated family behind. They have kept her memory alive by giving thousands of children opportunities to have a better quality of life and a future Rosie May was denied. Please visit the website for more information and how tirelessly her parents, Mary and Graham work to keep raising money for the charity www.rosie-may.com. This term we find out who has won the year long Rosie May Scholarship. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity one lucky child gets.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with fun, laughter - and show biz!

Rich

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:

SCHOLARSHIP AUTUMN TERM 2017 

Junior Dance - Naomi Cooper

Senior Dance - Moly Squires

Junior Musical Theatre - Maya Platt

Senior Musical Theatre - Joshua Huntley

 

Our Charity Term last year was immense raising £1973.72 for our affiliated charity - the Rosie May Foundation. Each class performed a musical or presentation to collect donations. I am so proud of all the students for working so hard, enabling other children an opportunity, be it a place in the Rosie May Home in Sri Lanka, or a brick or two in rebuilding the school in Nepal. This charity is a truly special one, run by two courageous people - Mary & Graham Storrie, parents of Rosie May. www.rosie-may.com
 
 MTH! CHARITY PERFORMANCE 2016

16 December 2016

The Musical Theatre High! Academy have just raised £1973.72 for the Rosie May Foundation this term by putting on musicals and presentations throughout the month. 

The Leighton Buzzard based theatre school worked hard to stage the musicals The Wiz, 13 and Elf the musical, to raise money for this worthy cause. 
In 2003 - Rosie May's was murdered when she was only 10 years old, leaving her family devastated. The following year they went to Sri Lanka for Christmas to escape the void that had been made with Rosie Mays passing. Whilst they were there the tsunami hit but managed to escape alive. With the effect of the devastation to the country, they returned to build an orphanage for girls who had lost their parents, reuniting families. In honour of the memory of their daughter, they named it the Rosie May Home. 
The foundation is now rebuilding lives for people affected by the earthquake in Nepal 2015 by rebuilding a school giving hundreds of children an education and future. 
The charity also offers one child at Musical Theatre High! Academy a full years scholarship to attend the school in singing, dancing and acting classes - something Rosie May lives doing. This years lucky winner was Spencer Digby for his incredible dedication to the school and strong progression since joining over four years ago. 
Mary and Graham Storrie - parents of Rosie May, were stunned by the amount raised and thanked Richard Reynard, the principal of the school, on stage at The Ravenscourt Theatre at the end of Elf the musical, performed by the Technique students. 
MTH! run musical theatre classes throughout the week for children from 3 up to 19 and also has a class for adults and boys. 2017 celebrates its fifth anniversary with their annual Variety Performance at The Venue MK, Milton Keynes on 25th & 26th March. For more information on how to have a free trial session and appear in the show visit www.musicaltheatrehigh.com.

MTH! CHARITY PERFORMANCE 2015

6th January 2016

Musical Theatre High! Academy has had a successful winter term raising over £1500 for the charity Emily's Star. The students of the school performed Bugsy Malone, Legally Blonde and a Christmas Concert for parents and family members to achieve this amazing amount of money. Katie Elmer from Emily's Star was over the moon to be presented with the donation which will help families and children affected by the Edwards Sydrome - a life limiting illness. Saturdays performance was attended by Mary and Graham Storrie  to present student Holly-Marie Seller with the year long Rosie May Memorial fund scholarship at MTH! for her dedication and commitment. 

The Academy were also fortunate this month to be given a PA sound system through a grant offered by the company NCR, nominated by Global Enterprise Quality Escalation Manager Richard Burchfield. This will benefit the students in productions and classes, enabling them to learn microphone technique and to help build confidence in performance.
This term has seen three students offered roles in professional touring productions in Billy Elliot, The Sound of Music and Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. Due to the company's regulations, the children can't be named. All of the students auditioned independently of the school through open auditions. The competition was very high so outstanding achievements.
Other good news for the school is Rudy Walding this term started the Junior Associates at The Royal Ballet in Birmingham. He is also waiting to hear the outcome after six auditions to play Charlie in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in the West End. This follows the success of Molly Wasway getting into The National Youth Theatre and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Maddie Wilson now working as a performer at Disney Land Paris.
Musical Theatre High! is in its fourth year as an Academy and seeing amazing progression in not just the kids talent but also as confident, respectful individuals. Principal and West End performer, Richard Reynard is thrilled about the students recent success and incredibly appreciative for the generosity of NCR. 
For more information on Musical Theatre High! visit musicaltheatrehigh.com and for information on Emily's Star visit emilysstar.co.uk
 

MTH! CHARITY PERFORMANCE 2013

17 December 2013

The rising stars of tomorrow from the Musical Theatre High stage school put on two days of Christmas charity shows to honour the memory of an aspiring young performer who was murdered 10 years ago this week.

The youngsters, who are coached by former West End star and Linslade-raised Richard Reynard, appeared in excerpts from the Sound of Music and Singin’ In The Rain to the delight of proud friends and relatives.

As well as showcasing the youngsters’ progress, the event raised more than £830, through donations and the sale of cupcakes and charity wristbands, for the Rosie May Memorial Fund which finances a Sri Lankan orphanage for young girls.

The orphanage, which looks after 20 girls, was set up by Graham and Mary Storrie, who visited the country a year after their 10-year-old daughter, Rosie May, was murdered during a Christmas party in 2003.

While in Sri Lanka they were caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami that devastated the region and killed 230,000 over 14 countries.

 

 

The couple, who came down from their home in Leicestershire to be guests of Richard’s for the performances, decided to launch a trust to help give hope to other young girls affected by the disaster.

 

They also started an academy for young performers in their home area and met Richard, who was then starring in Blood Brothers, when he visited to give expert coaching.

 

They have raised more than £270,000 by fund-raising over the past decade.

 

Said Mary: “Rosie was a dancer and went to a stage school just like this. She had just won a part in her first professional panto when she was killed. A flood of money came in - more than £22,000. We had cheques arriving from all over the world - not that we’d ever asked for any donations - so we decided to use it to give hope to others.”

 

The £1.50 wristbands sold at the concerts feeds one of the orphan for a week, she revealed (for more information about the charity go to www.rosie-may.com)

 

Said Richard: “They are just such incredible people. We wanted to help.”

 

One MTH performer Alice Hardy won a new year-long Rosie May Scholarship. Other in-house scholarships went to Louis Howley and Ethan Doyle.

 

 

 

Scarlett Strallen

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Musical Theatre High! is delighted to announce that its official patron is West End and Broadway star - Scarlett Strallen.

Scarlett has performed all over the world and recently played the title role in Disney's
'Mary Poppins'in the UK and America. She now stars in'Singin In the Rain'(Palace Theatre, London).

Find out more here.

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Past Scholarship Winners

FAME/CATS/CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIPS
Helena Prettyman
Rose Rilley

BLOOD BROTHERS SCHOLARSHIP
Olivia Sixsmith
Kieran Faulkner

GLEE SCHOLARSHIP
Michael Johnson

WICKED WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS
Joseph Paterson
Hanna Cook

LEGALLY BLONDE SCHOLARSHIP
Katy Woodley

WIZARD OF OZ SCHOLARSHIP
Maia Curwen

HAIRSPRAY SCHOLARSHIP
Michael Johnson

GREASE SCHOLARSHIP
Amy Godman

THRILLER LIVE SCHOLARSHIP
Hannah Rourke

WE WILL ROCK YOU SCHOLARSHIP
Ellena Redmond

MUSICAL THEATRE HIGH! 
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2011

Olivia Sixsmith

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA SCHOLARSHIP
Saskia McShane

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG SCHOLARSHIP
Alastair Razza

SISTER ACT SCHOLARSHIP
Lizzie Lister

MARY POPPINS SCHOLARSHIP
Emma Fisher

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - summer term 2012
Stephanie Graham (MTH! Seniors)
Cerys Verrier (MTH! Juniors)

LES MISERABLES SCHOLARSHIP
Anna Pridgeon

TOY STORY SCHOLARSHIP
Henry-John Eadsforth
MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - winter term 2012

Charlie Howley (MTH! Seniors)
Samuel Kilby (MTH! Juniors)

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS SCHOLARSHIP

Deryn Rhodes

JOSEPH SCHOLARSHIP

Alex Bennetts & Adam Derland

MUSICAL THEATRE HIGH! SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2012

Michael Johnson

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - spring term 2013

Molly Wasway MTH! Seniors

Alicia Turney MTH! Juniors 

SUMMER SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Ollie Walker 

Megan Fisher 

THE SCARLETT STRALLEN STAND OUT PERFORMANCE AWARD 2013 & SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP SUMMER TERM

Chloe Payne

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - summer term 2013 

Issy Isufi MTH! Juniors

Ben Cullen MTH! Juniors

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - winter term 2013

Ben Reeve MTH! Juniors

Vittoria Graves MTH! Seniors

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - spring term 2014  

Louis Howley MTH! Juniors

Ethan Doyle - MTH! Seniors

 

 

 

 

SCARLETT STRALLEN STAND OUT AWARD & SCHOALRSHIP 2014

Anna Pridgeon - MTH! Technique

THE POTENTIAL AWARD & SCHOLARSHIP 2014

Jack Cullen 

JUNIORS SCHOLARSHIP

Kaci James

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

Max Smith 

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - Winter term 2014

JUNIORS - Keris Knowles

SENIORS - Abby Davis

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - Spring Term 2015 

JUNIORS - Aimee Bowers

SENIORS - Hanna Gafa

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARHIP - Summer Term 2015

JUNIORS - Charlotte Kelly

SENIORS - Shona Macpherson

VP 2015 AWARDS

Scarlett Strallen Stand Out Award - Georgia McElwee

Rosie May Year Scholarship - Ethan Doyle

Boys Award - Max Smith

Potential Award - Georgia Crosland & Vittoria Graves

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARHIP - Winter Term 2015

Senior Dance - Alysia Orbell

Junior dance - Olivia Marchant

Junior MT - Daniel Simpson

Seniors MT - Hannah Brewin 

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - Spring Term 2016

Junior Dance - Izzy Isufi

Senior Dance - Iggy Smith

Junior Musical Theatre -
Herbie Sleep

Senior Musical Theatre -
Jack Grace

MTH! ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP - Summer Term 2016

After School Club - Benjamin Young  

Junior Dance – Halle Bainbridge

Senior Dance - Abby Davies

Junior Musical Theatre – Nicole Janes

Senior Musical Theatre – Aimee Brooker

Rosie May Scholarship – Holly – Marie Seller

Special Achievement Award – Immy & Toby Ward

Boys Award – Spencer Digby

Scarlett Strallen Stand Out Award – Molly Wasway

runner up Maddie Wilson

Head Student Award – Georgia McKelwee

SCHOLARSHIP Winter Term 2016

Junior Dance - Abigail Cowland

Senior Dance - Katie Seller

Junior Musical Theatre - Alexa Fitzsimmons

Senior Musical Theatre - Andrew Beckley

SCHOLARSHIP Spring Term 2017

Junior Dance - Zara Orbell

Senior Dance - Jamie Howley

Junior Musical Theatre - Abbey Angus

Senior Musical Theatre - Georgia Richardson 

SCHOLARSHIP AUTUMN TERM 2017 

Junior Dance - Marcus Goodall

Senior Dance - Kaitlyn Wallis

Junior Musical Theatre - Mikelle Chiappetta 

Senior Musical Theatre - Jade Cowland

The Rosie May year scholarship, already awarded last year, was presented to Spencer Digby

The Boys Award - Charlie Howley

Special Achievement Award - Nicole Janes

Scarlett Strallen Stand Out Award - Ella Robinson

Georgia McKlwee remains as Head Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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