A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
South Manchester Helen O'Grady

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Smhoggi wishes to thank all persons connected with the South Manchester Helen O’Grady Drama Academy either as a teacher or student. In particular we also wish to thank those parents who have made a commitment to their children to partake in this unique model of learning allowing their children to gain confidence and communication skills from the drama classes and acting classes. We are very proud of our achievements and our students’ efforts. Each and every one of you is a credit. In the space of 12 months since we took over the business from Gill Hollis we can see the benefits of the system we teach. The confidence and ability of many of the children and youth who have embarked on this programme is there for all to see, each one learning at their own pace, with no pressures or stress. Each person treated as an individual and allowing their skills to develop.

Squirm Backstage at the Little Theatre in Altrincham

Aidan starring as Squirm

I have to apologise for the picture of “Squirm” the horrible baddie from the recent Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime in which Aidan performed with a local am-dram society. A number of students from the academy came to see Aidan and were surprised at just professional the show was. If you imagine a 6’4″, 16 stone, former rugby playing man, with red make up similar to Darth Maul, tap dancing to the tune of Bad Guys from Bugsy Malone in a pair of army surplus issue boots with a costume consisting of black trousers and tails which were two or three sizes too small for him and still managing to look graceful then you get the picture. He was roundly boo’ed all week and he loved every minute.

On another performance note, Andy, the Principal has been asked and has agreed to performing the lead role of Alex in Curtain Up on Murder by Bettine Manktelow with another local am-dram society. Andy has not performed on stage for a while, preferring to concentrate on his teaching and principal role with the academy. However, he is delighted to be given another chance to perform and he hopes to show some of his youth students a great performance in due course. If you want further details then we will post the on the facebook page in the near future.

So what does the future hold? Well, we are looking to announce some very, very exciting news which we hope to have in place by the start of the new academic year in September. I am chomping at the bit to tell you all about it but we are still making enquiries into the news and investigating venues where we can fulfil this wish. Rest assured, once I am allowed to do so I will tell you all about it but make sure you either like our facebook page or you bookmark this site.

Have a great Christmas holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Please note that the term starts back on the 6th January 2014 with some great new curriculum.

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