We are West End Prep

Elite Musical Theatre
training direct
from London’s
West End!

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Our aim is to provide in depth & inspiring training in the North East helping to develop and prepare for a life in the Arts.

Having worked as a Children’s and Resident Director for over ten years; and having sat in countless auditions, it became evident to me that many children & young adults keen to pursue a career in Performing Arts were losing out on contracts & college placements due to a lack of detail and confidence in their work. Being from the North myself, I wanted to offer kids & students in the North East unique, honest and inspiring training to help build on the knowledge and confidence they need to be successful in the performance industry. Our aim is to help educate but ultimately to inspire.

Mark Hedges

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Our Programme
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West End Prep Dance Class


The basis of a good singing technique is imperative and essential to a long and successful career, which is why we will educate the students in the Estill technique (essentially the physiology of voice and how it works) and how to use the voice intelligently and safely.

1hr session


Many actors, especially children tend to rehearse their lines over and over; and solidify a tune, or a way to deliver lines. This is fundamentally wrong! The key to a true and honest actor is knowing how to listen, to be aware of body language and surroundings, scenario and status.

1hr session


Wether we are Singing, Acting, or Dancing, essentially we are telling a story, so every dance class will primarily be connecting to emotion and telling story through the art of movement and dance. We will do this covering a variety of styles including, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Technique.

1hr session


This part of the afternoon will cover various topics and skills. We will have guest performers from different genres of the industry including Performers from West End and touring shows, TV and Screen, Directors and Choreographers, who will present interesting and challenging sessions.

2hr session

Our Team.

Mark Hedges
Founder / Teacher

Mark has over 20 years experience as an Actor, Choreographer and Director. His varied career steered him to his current roles as Resident Director of the' Phantom of the Opera' in London’s West End and the Children’s Director on the 'Les Miserables' UK Tour.

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Kris Manuel
Founder / Teacher

Kris has worked as a Singer, Dancer & Actor for 20 years and has worked in
many genres of the industry, mainly Musical Theatre. He is currently appearing in the 'Phantom of the Opera' in London and has an impressive list of shows to his name.

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Kristen Spitty
Course Leader / Teacher

Kristen trained professionally in contemporary dance at the University of York St John in Leeds. She is one of the leading practitioners in theatrical education, student support and guidance in the North East and has an impressive list of shows to her name.

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Joseph Claus
Singing Teacher

Joseph trained at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a PGDip in Musical Theatre in 2009, having previously obtained a BA(Hons) in Music from Bristol University. Since graduating, Joseph has performed on various stages around the world.

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Industry Specialists.

Emily Carey

At the age of 9 Emily made her professional theatre debut in Shrek The Musical at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane leading straight into Marta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. The production won a Olivier in 2014.

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Jo Hawes
Casting Director

The UKs most sought after Children’s Casting Director. With over thirty years experience casting and administrating shows such as Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Oliver, Miss Saigon, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory an many, many more.

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Sarah MacDonnell
Head Agent

Head Agent at Ardent Talent London. Her current clients are appearing in the West End, UK and International tours as well as TV, film and commercials. Sarah has many years experience as an agent and brings a valued eye to our West End Prep team.

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Lucy Jane Adcock

Lucy Jane is an experienced West End performer and has appeared in a multitude of West End productions and international productions.

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Elite musical theatre training direct from London’s West End! Our aim is to provide in depth & inspiring training, helping to develop and prepare for a life in the Arts.

West End Prep at Sage Academy
of Performing Arts, Potts St,
Newcastle, NE6 1ED

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