Performing Arts

Now Taking Online Applications For September 2020 Start

To support talented young performers in the region, Polwhele House School, in partnership with ‘Jason Thomas Performing Arts’ offers performing arts scholarships annually from September of each year.  

To register your interest or for more information on the Performing Arts Scholarship, please use the link below.

If you have any questions please email performingarts@polwhelehouse.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

In the mean time click the play button below to watch our Perfoming Arts Scholarship Video.

One of a kind in Cornwall, the Polwhele Performing Arts Scholarship pro-gramme enables children aged 7 and above to access academic studies and vocational performing arts training. It is open to pupils nationwide who aspire to become performers or have a love of performing arts. Children can join in any year group from Year 3 upwards.

All prospective pupils must complete the school’s application form to be formally considered for a place at Polwhele House. This year auditions will take place virtually. Entrance to this programme is by audition only and our team of specialist teachers audition each applicant who is then interviewed by the Head. We are looking for a degree of potential that can be developed alongside an interest in and commitment to the art of performance.

Although it is not necessary, previous experience in performing in at least one of the discipline areas will be an advantage in this process.

VOCATIONAL STUDIES

Drama

The Scholars attend two Drama sessions each week as well as their curriculum Drama lessons. They work on a number of skills including voice projection and stage craft. The Scholars work towards performances throughout the year at a variety of venues. Children who participate in Drama, experience improved reading comprehension and are typically more engaged in learning. The confidence gained through participation in Drama carries over to all aspects of their lives. Drama encourages children to explore their imagination and make creative choices. It enhances both verbal and non-verbal communication skills as they learn to cooperate and collaborate with others.

Musical Theatre

The children take part in two Musical Theatre sessions a week, bringing together all three disciplines of performing. They learn musicality and stage presence through rehearsing and performing at various events and venues including the Royal Cornwall Show and termly performances.

Musical Theatre allows children to develop creativity, an increasingly valued skill in most workplaces. It requires teamwork and collaboration, working with others on a common goal. Musical Theatre supports self confidence and self-esteem, breaks down inhibitions, improves fitness and reduces stress and anxiety.

Singing

The scholars sing twice a week and perform as part of the School Choir. They attend Music Festivals and perform throughout the year at a wide range of events including the ‘Songfest’ concert. The scholars are encouraged to ‘find their voice’: for some that is singing solos, for others it is the joy that comes from singing with others.

Singing has many benefits including improving posture, helping with sleep and improving mental health. Singing with others can boost self-confidence and teamwork skills needed in everyday life. Above all, singing makes you feel good and can even strengthen your immune system!

Dance

On a Monday and a Wednesday afternoon the Scholars in Years 5-8 take part in Dance sessions at Jason Thomas Performing Arts Studios in the centre of Truro. The Junior Scholars have their Dance sessions on a Friday afternoon at school with Jo Conac from Jason Thomas Performing Arts. They are taught different genres of Dance including ballet, tap and jazz. They work towards performances throughout the year, which their families are invited to watch. These small group sessions with professional teachers provide the perfect environment for progress and time for children to grow as performers.

Dance does not have only physical benefits, it boosts cognitive performance, challenges the brain and connects with emotions. Participating in Dance improves rhythm and timing which in turn can have a positive impact on academic standards.

A WEEK AS A PA SCHOLAR

THE AUDITION PROCESS

All prospective pupils must complete the school’s application form to be formally considered for a place at Polwhele House. This year auditions will take place virtually. Entrance to this programme is by audition only and our team of specialist teachers audition each applicant who is then interviewed by the Head. We are looking for a degree of potential that can be developed alongside an interest in and commitment to the art of performance.

Although it is not necessary, previous experience in performing in at least one of the discipline areas will be an advantage in this process.

Acting/Monologue

Lasting approximately one minute.

Acting/Monologue
Dance

Dance

A short dance of any genre, for example, Ballet, Jazz, Tap.

Singing

One song of the candidate’s own choice, which can be any style.

Singing
Interview

Interview

Candidates will be interviewed by the Head following their audition.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Pupils take part in a variety of performances throughout the year at various venues, including our in-house performances for out school community.

PERFORMING ARTS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL

Pupils take part in a variety of performances throughout the year at various venues, including our in-house performances for out school community.

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