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Drama school looking to open own arts hub

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

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A POPULAR theatre school has revealed that is looking to find a permanent home in a bid to launch its own performing arts hub.

Catherine Budworth spoke to the Mail to outline her plans for her Theatre Cats Stage School as she prepares to celebrate seven years in business.

She said: “Our main aim is to obviously continue to build confidence and self esteem in children and young adults.

“If we can do this from the comfort of our own venue then that would be just perfect.

“We have a building in mind to create our very own performing arts hub, so watch this space.”

Theatre Cats is a drama school that opened in Burton in January 2008.

It is aimed at children and young adults aged between five and 16 years of age and offers drama classes at Burton’s Shobnall Leisure Complex, the Brewhouse Arts Centre, William Allitt School, in Newhall, and Mickleover’s Royal British Legion, in Derby.

As well as hosting classes and putting on shows, the drama school has raised money for Comic Relief, Children in Need and Me & Dee in the past.

It has opened a community Glee style choir for children and adults, hosted singing competitions and a celebratory Christmas concert in December 2013 at the Brewhouse

Ms Budworth added: “Seven years ago on Saturday, January 5, 2008 I had just opened two classes at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, in Burton.

“One for eight to 12 years and one for 12 to 16 years. It didn’t take long though before our second senior class opened.

“Since then though Theatre Cats has grown in many ways with more locations and several showcase performances.”

All classes begin with basic drama skills, helping to build confidence and self-esteem.

More information on the school is available by visiting www.theatrecats.co.uk

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