Sister companies ‘Boo Theatre and Entertainment’ and ‘Beckyboo Parties’ are experts in providing clubs, classes and workshops in Drama and Performing arts as well high-quality children’s entertainment at events. Both are run by professional actors Rebecca Ayres and Jake Addley, who come with a wealth of experience and a true passion for introducing others to the arts. Rebecca was in the midst of the Olivier nominated, West End / UK tour of ‘Oi Frog & Friends’, whilst Jake had just finished in the West End/UK & International tour of ‘The Gruffalo’ when Covid19 took hold in March.
Over the past few months; all face to face classes & events have had to be halted however Rebecca, Jake and their team have been determined to ensure that it hasn’t stopped them from doing what they love. Here we find out more about how they have moved their business online and what’s on offer for parents.
Boo Theatre and Entertainment – Online Drama, Dance and Movement Classes
Boo Theatre and Entertainment has grown to be a leading provider of After School Performing Arts Clubs in primary schools and nurseries across London. Teaching over 1000 pupils per week; all sessions are led by professional performers (many of whom come with TV, Film, & West End theatre Credits) Alongside the after school clubs, Boo Theatre also offer local classes, school workshops, holiday clubs and private acting classes. Rebecca and Jake have many years of experience, both as professional actors specialising in family theatre, but also as facilitators teaching and leading creative classes and workshops.
Rebecca says ‘Despite having to change the way in which we teach in recent months; our ethos remains the same – we are passionate about offering quality teaching at affordable prices to ensure that creative learning is accessible to all families. We have moved to teaching online since March and are delighted with the success of classes and the response from parents.’
Boo Theatre have an array of weekly, online classes for Ages 2-11 including Drama, Dance, Move & Stretch and Yoga & Breathe. Jake explains the aims of the classes are ‘to learn skills in performance but to also enhance the key, interpersonal skills including self-confidence, public speaking, imagination and storytelling.’
With the announcement that schools are set to re open to certain year groups but will not be resuming after-school clubs just yet, Boo Theatre feel it is essential to still offer access to extra curricular learning and will continue with their online classes until the Summer Holidays. Classes will run late in the afternoons to allow for any children, who may be making a gradual return to school, the opportunity to join in once they are home.
Boo Theatre’s online weekly classes are open to all families – not just those who already attended the existing classes.
Alongside group classes; Boo Theatre offer private acting classes which have smoothly transitioned to online sessions. Private classes are offered as a bespoke session, working on aims / goals that parents or children may wish to develop. This might be to work on specific skills such as self confidence, social awareness, interacting with others etc. Private classes can also be hugely beneficial if there is an upcoming event requiring public speaking or if one has an upcoming audition or interview. A testimonial from a happy Mum says ‘We really value the private sessions and we would like to carry on for as long as possible.
We already see the benefits of the sessions. Our daughter loves the sessions with Jake and we appreciate how patient and flexible he is with her’
Online sessions are currently being offered at a reduced rate.
Holiday Clubs and Workshops
Together with sister company Beckyboo Parties; Boo Theatre offer holiday workshops in Musical Theatre, Circus Skills as well as Themed Drama sessions. Their aim is to run their 1 week holiday clubs which will run Monday – Friday at a Chelsea location this Summer. However; this is of course dependant on government guidelines and it may be that a reduced holiday timetable will run online instead. Holiday clubs include Games, Creative play, Story-telling adventures, Drama, Dance, Arts & Crafts & more.
To find out any more information on any of the above – Please email Bootheatreandentertainment@gmail.com
Beckyboo Parties – Online Virtual Children’s Parties & Special Birthday Messages
Beckyboo Parties provides high-quality children’s entertainment aimed to engage, excite and enthral. With ten years experience providing entertainment at an array of events, including Birthday Parties, Weddings, Christenings & Charity Events; BeckyBoo Parties ensure to combine the best loved games, disco dancing fun, mini magic, bubbles, snow machines, arts & crafts, Face-painting & much more to ensure a memorable experience for children and a stress-free event for the adults.
Rebecca says ‘We started off in Children’s Entertainment after first graduating as Actors. Over the years we have created party programmes for other large scale companies and train all of our fantastic entertainers with passion and enthusiasm. In terms of what we offer our thoughts are ‘Whatever you have in mind – we can provide it’. Parents can choose from one of our classic party packages or if they have an idea in mind; we will happily create a bespoke package to accommodate it. Most importantly – we love to have fun.’
During the Covid19 Pandemic – Beckyboo Parties have remained determined to offer children the birthday celebration they deserve. They have been offering a host of options from Online Virtual Parties to Pre-Recorded Birthday Messages or Online Live Zoom Meetings with well loved characters.
A very happy Mum booked a special online Zoom Call with a familiar face “Elsa surprised our girls & their friends with an appearance on a zoom call & it was a fantastic treat for them and a highlight of our week. The girls all got their special moment to have a chat with Elsa & even had a group sing along. Would definitely recommend as a treat for other children”
Beckyboo Parties & Boo Theatre and Entertainment are offering reduced online rates for all online classes and experiences. To find out more information on any of the above – get in touch today by emailing Bootheatreandentertianment@gmail.com / Beckybooparties@gmail.com
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