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

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

 

 

 

 

 

News

What we have been saying lately.

2017 Show!

Come and see our talented kids performing two classic family favourites: Watch as a well-to-do family of Parisian Aristocats escapes the clutches of a scheming butler.  Then fly with us to Neverland ‘past the second star...

Trinity College of London Report

“Tale as old as time…”  What an amazing show our 2015 production of Beauty and the Beast Jnr was!  Congratulations to all our children for their hard work and their fantastic performances.  This was a huge production and we are incredibly proud of them all.  We have...

Beauty & the Beast Update – June 2015

Dear Families We are well into rehearsals for our shows "Beauty & the Beast" and "Peter Pan medley", and we're counting down to our performances at the Lower Hutt Little Theatre in September (week of 14-20th). While teachers and children are working hard on...

Newsletter – April 2015

“Musical Stars in Performance Trust” would like all Musical Stars children to enter the “Musical Theatre in Production” Trinity Guildhall Exam this year. This is a fantastic opportunity for our children to be assessed by an international panel while participating in...

Newsletter – February 2015

We trust you and your family have all had a restful and well-­‐deserved break. We are really excited about what this year holds for the team and look forward to the adventures in front of us! It is great to welcome back familiar faces and a special welcome to all who...

Newsletter – November 2014

Dear Families Thank you very much for all the lovely feedback about the show.  The Musical Stars team put a lot of work into this year’s show and we are all very proud of what the children achieved. We have accumulated a number of items of lost property (shoes, tops,...

Term 1 – 2012

Welcome to Musical Stars in 2012! We trust that you and your family have all had a restful and well-deserved break. We are really excited about what this year holds for the team and look forward to the adventures in front of us! It is great to welcome back familiar...