We have given young performers who attend our classes in Reading, Bracknell and Windsor an amazing opportunity to use the Covid 19 / Corona Virus Lockdown to get creative at home, develop their own choreography, singing and acting skills and to showcase their talents to some incredible industry professionals.
LOCKDOWN CHALLENGE PANELISTS
We are so priviledged to have an amazing panel to give our young performers inspiration and feedback.
Actor – Dominic Monaghan (Star Wars / Lord Of The Rings)
Vocal Coach – Jai Ramage (The Voice / The Voice Kids)
Director of Read College – Helen Read (Former West End Performer)
Composer, Producer & Film Maker – Tim Arnold (Latest single release – Weird Now)
All of the creative challenges have something to do with themes we are all experiencing during this extraordinary time. Artists use the world around them to explore and create meaningful pieces of creative work. It has been our aim to encourage young performers to use themes like social distancing, self-isolation, lockdown, heroes working on the front-line, kindness in the community, what it’s like to live through a pandemic and personal freedom to create their pieces – and of course all the pieces created will have been created during lockdown.
There were three challenges to enter pupils could enter as many as they like!
The Singers Challenge: film yourself singing a song of your choice during lockdown that showcases your vocal talents.
The Actors Challenge: write and act to camera a monologue that explores or is inspired by an aspect of living through this pandemic.
The Choreography Challenge: choreograph your own dance exploring themes of lockdown, isolation and dreams of freedom to a set piece of music called The Fall Of A Sparrow – written by Tim Arnold.
SINGING CHALLENGE ENTRIES
Below each song entry you can watch The Voice – Vocal Coach Jai Ramages’ feedback to each performer.
AIDAN – AGE 8 – (lyrics written by Aidan)
LAUREN – Age 9 – Cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow
BROOKE – Age 9 – Cover of Mama Mia
ISLAA – Age 9 – Cover of Tomorrow
DYLAN – Age 12 – Cover of I Dreamed A Dream.
LUCY – Age 13 – Cover of Memory
CJ – Age 15 – Own composition ‘Your Loss’
Watch the SOTA Lockdown Acting Challenge Performances
Watch the SOTA Lockdown Choreography Challenge Performances