About Musical Stars

And what we do

 

 

 

 

 

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.

Plato

420 BC

Our aim

 

  • Foster confident and creative children through musical education
  • Develop dance and singing skills and an understanding and appreciation of theatrecraft
  • Provide opportunities for children to be part of a professional performance environment
  • Provide opportunities for young people to show leadership and to work as a team across different community groups
  • Encourage and support children to participate in international Trinity Guildhall examinations.

 

We take our youngest and grow their musical theatre knowledge and skills, and give them opportunities to succeed in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Our older students continue to develop their craft and are challenged further with more performance and leadership opportunities.

Our aim is to provide for every child’s need at an appropriate level.

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Stars Performing Trust

Giving children an authentic and professional stage experience is a fundamental element of the Musical Stars kaupapa. The annual show and other performance opportunities throughout the year enable children to put into practice the many skills they learn during the formal programme. Public performances challenge and enrich our children, set goals for them to work towards, increase confidence and develop a range of general and specific musical theatre skills. Children are also challenged to think critically with production themes often focussed on issues of social justice, respect and diversity. Performances also allow children from different communities across the region to work together on a collaborative Arts project.   The shows require commitment and dedication.

Children not only perform to friends and family, but also to children from local schools and early childhood centres who are invited to attend special performances.   Not only do our children gain a tremendous amount from performing to their peers, but these performances also increase opportunities for school and preschool aged children in the local community to access and experience the Arts in a very direct and meaningful way.

Please view our gallery for examples of previous productions.

Musical Stars Performing Trust is a not for profit organisation and all our performance events come under this umbrella. It is a Charitable Trust able to receive donations from any business. If you know any business that would like to sponsor us we’d be delighted to hear from them!

In my own philanthropy and business endeavours, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.

Paul G. Allen

Co-Founder, Microsoft

 

 

 

 

 

Sing

“I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing” – Chinese proverb

Singing as a form of self-expression and creativity is universal, and very young children will often sing before they can talk. As an extension of speech and no matter what type of voice you have, with proper breath and vocal technique, you can enhance your singing.

In the Musical Theatre environment singing is an integral way of telling the story. It creates moments of togetherness and drama and also individual poignancy.

We provide coaching for all voices at all levels and are here to support learning correct vocal technique, prepping for auditions, studio sessions, live shows etc. We encourage and foster children’s confidence to sing both individually, or as part of a group. Come find your voice today!

“He who sings frightens away his ills” – Miguel de Cervantes – Don Quijote

Dance

“Kids dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music. – William Stafford 

A dance teacher’s role is to motivate and inspire. Although dance techniques aim primarily at physical goals, a good teacher can make a class develop in mind and spirit as well. The choreographer’s role is to take this knowledge and develop it into a musical number.

Dance in Musical Theatre is an important story telling technique that can inspire, engage and move an audience. Frequently it is when the group combines to progress or highlight a key aspect of the story.

“ To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful” – Agnes De Mille

“Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain” – Unknown

Act

“Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance.” – Michael Shurtleff

A performance is a story . The objective of drama in Musical Theatre is to take the audience on a journey where actors use their voice, their physicality, their individual and group skills to explore different times, situations, cultural contexts, and emotions.

At Musical Stars children have opportunities through various dramatic exercises, improvisations and scripted performances to transform and explore their own feelings and identity in a safe environment – all while having fun.

“I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you.” – Meryl Streep