Tag Archives: Bradford Playhouse

A taster for the Menston panto – Aladdin. Ballet by Menston youngsters

A foretaste of what is to come in the Menston panto (at the Kirklands Community Centre in March), which this year is Aladdin. Dancing in the 2015 show is to be choreographed by the teacher who has been turning Menston youngsters into superb dancers for the past 20 years at Kirklands – Stephanie Clements of Bradford Theatre Arts. Make sure you get your tickets early – it’s always a sell out.

Chorus in performance of 'A Christmas Carol' by  Bradford Theatre Arts at the Bradford Playhouse, December 2014

The picture and short video clips here are a little bit of Christmas from some talented Menston pupils who, along with other Bradford Theatre Arts dance pupils from other parts of Bradford, presented a wonderful show based on the Charles Dickens favourite A Christmas Carol at the New Bradford Playhouse at the end of last week. Here’s a taster.

A joyful Christmas dance

Talented Menston dance pupils

More clips and pictures from the show will be posted on grumpytyke’s personal blog sometime over the holiday period.

Another Christmas present?

Front cover of Menston history booklet 'The Laundry Whites'Another late Menston Christmas present idea to add to the list in the previous post, suggested by Cllr Dale Smith.

A reprint of a booklet by Michael Ayrton recalling the days of White’s Laundry, another valuable part of Menston history. It’s available from Village News at £15.

 

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Christmas events in Menston; Menston youngsters on stage

Lots of events in Menston in the run-up to Christmas, at the Primary School, at the two village churches including, of course, Christmas carol services and a Christingle Service, the chance to donate some toys for the children at Meadowlea, Menston’s childrens’ home, and Santa will be at the Menstone Club. There are several Christmas Fairs, including the one at Menston Primary School on St Nicholas’s Day. The next five events will appear in sequence in the ‘Imminent events’ calendar in the right column but for more details, contacts, etc, go to the Events menu heading.

Menston classes in Kirklands turn out award winning dancers

Scholarship winning Menston schoolboy Nic Cain, practising with Molly Foster from East Morton during Menston dance classes at the Kirklands Community Centre

Scholarship winning Menston schoolboy Nic Cain, practising with Molly Foster from East Morton during Menston dance classes at the Kirklands Community Centre

Not in Menston, but with Menston youngsters attending dance classes in Menston taking part, is a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ staged by Bradford Theatre Arts (BTA) on 18, 19 and 20 December. The venue is the New Bradford Playhouse in Little Germany in the city. BTA’s 2013 Christmas production has been nominated for three Theatre Awards and students and teachers will be attending a champagne reception and Awards Ceremony at the Playhouse on Friday (5 Dec).

Tickets for this year’s performance later in December are available from the Playhouse booking office or go to http://www.bradfordplayhouse.org.uk.

The youngsters are from the Menston dance classes held in the Kirklands Community Centre every Tuesday afternoon and evening and Saturday mornings. These classes have been going for 20 years, are turning out award winning dancers and Menston youngsters are winning scholarships with the British Ballet Organisation (BBO), getting extra lessons with top professional ballet dancers. Nic Cain is the latest Menston youngster to get a BBO scholarship.

Stephanie Clements, who teaches the Menston classes, is founder and principal of Bradford Theatre Arts which also has classes in Bradford city and Eldwick in the Bradford area.

BTA Menston dance class students with teacher in the Kirklands Community Centre. L to r: Nic Cain (Menston, April Lever ( Leeds), Izzy Eades-Jones (Bradford), Maria Sage (Menston), Stephanie Clements (BTA Principal and teacher), Molly Foster (East Morton), Josephine Gibbs (Menston), Aimee Turnbull (Burley in Wharfedale)

BTA Menston dance class students with teacher in the Kirklands Community Centre. L to r: Nic Cain (Menston), April Lever ( Leeds), Izzy Eades-Jones (Bradford), Stephanie Clements (BTA Principal and teacher), Molly Foster (East Morton), Maria Sage (Menston), Josephine Gibbs (Menston), Aimee Turnbull (Burley in Wharfedale)

However, it is not only ballet which is taught, but modern dance and tap dancing too. To enrol in classes contact Stephanie by email, omatiggerific@gmail.com, telephone her on 0798 671 3203, or email BTA at bradfordtheatrearts@talktalk.com.