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The Brain Tumour Charity Event

A couple of weeks ago, I (Teoni) headed to a family event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Brain Tumour Charity. This day is a family fun day, they had many events happening throughout the day, face painting, various fun races – including the egg and spoon race which I have to say I am a master at – and of course, a storytelling session from us! Plus wonderful hog roast and ice creams, what more could you ask for!

The day was a celebration of all the wonderful work that The Brain Tumour Charity do and the fantastic families that they help. The families that attended have all, at some point, been affected by a brain tumour in their lives, either through losing a child or relative, or are living with this life changing diagnosis.2017-06-25-PHOTO-00000115

However, this day was filled with positivity and was a truly uplifting day, I was so proud to be a part of this. I have nothing but admiration for these families for their strength, I couldn’t even imagine what they have been through.

 

The children who attended, and took part in our story, were just wonderful, playing characters, creating scenery and then getting up to tell their own stories using our Adventure Blocks. The stories they created were fantastic, in fact I may steal some of their ideas!

Children are so strong, they deal with things so much better than an adult, but they are still children, they need that fun, silliness and laughter that comes with being a child. This charity helps to make sure that doesn’t go away.

The staff, from The Brain Tumour Charity, are everything you would want in tough situations, warm, welcoming and full of positivity, what a fantastic group of people. Thank you for letting us be part of your day.

Theatre School

 

We are very busy in the Stories and More office, working away to make sure that our take over of The Long Overdue Theatre School goes exactly how we want it to. We have even planned the next year already!

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This doesn’t mean that any of our other areas for Stories and More will suffer, we will keep that side of the business running as smoothly as it does now and are growing the number of schools and events we visit each week with our interactive storytelling workshops.

But, we are just so excited about our plans for the Theatre School, it is our passion – getting young people performing, devising, creating, and showing what wonderful talents they have!

The school already has such a wonderful base with fantastic children, all so talented, we want to build on this, push it further and get them out there performing! We want to introduce new skills, workshops, put on a full scale show and create opportunities for children, those who want to, to take it further.

In Andover you do have the choice of various theatre schools, but I would love to say that ours is different, it feels different, it has such a positive future ahead and one that we can’t wait to share with the children.

We are, of course, always open for new students, so if your child is interest in performing arts, dreams of being up on stage, wants to sing and dance too then this definitely could be the place for them!

Every Monday and Friday:

Shorties (age 4-6 years) 4pm-5pm
Main School (age 7-16 years) 5-7.30pm

Please do get in touch if you would like to arrange a free trial.

As always, thank you for all the support and please keep sharing the news of Stories and More and now The Long Overdue Theatre School.

**Our BIG News!!**

 

IMG_6915The Long Overdue Theatre School (TLOTS) is to be acquired by local Theatrical Storytelling Company, Stories and More, which has exciting plans for the Performing Arts academy.

Children and young people aged from 4 to 16 attend TLOTS which offers singing, dancing and drama classes, as well as after-school clubs in the local area. Stefan Pearmain, who has very successfully run TLOTS for the past 5 years, has taken the decision to move onto other business projects and Stories and More is delighted to be taking over with effect from September, to further develop the school and its talented students.

FullSizeRender.jpgTeoni Randall, Artistic Director and co-owner of Stories and More said ‘We are thrilled that we are going to be able to build on Stefan’s great work and further develop TLOTS. I have been teaching at the school for the past 6 years and I am excited to be involved in its continued growth and success as we move forward. Our aim is for TLOTS to be increasingly involved in local community events, showcasing the wonderful talents of the students’

‘The school will run in exactly the same format from September with classes in Dance, Drama and Singing each week’ explained Lillie Collier, co-owner of Stories and More. ‘TLOTS’ aim and strapline is ‘Making the Arts Accessible’ and to that end, we have lots of new ideas including the introduction of Practitioner Workshops. These sessions will be led by a variety of performing arts professionals and will present new ideas and cutting-edge techniques to the students’.

Teoni and Lillie will use their years of expertise in working with children and young people to give TLOTS a fresh new leadership and carry on igniting children’s imaginations in a fun, fast and theatrical way. Retaining The Long Overdue Theatre School name, identity and ethos, they will manage this new venture alongside Stories and More.

The Long Overdue Theatre School offers free taster sessions to anyone considering joining, if you would like to do so please click here.