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 towards his current role as R.D on the Brand New Uk Tour of The Bodyguard

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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. Kris has just finished a run in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, London.

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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
Musical Supervisor

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. Joseph is currently appearing in the UK Your of My Fair Lady

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West End Prep

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 Newcastle Dance Centre,
36-38 Grainger Park Road,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,

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