I have been a pupil of Starburst since i was 8. I remember my first day at the lisburn school being extremely shy and unsure if it was something i wanted to stick at. Fast forward 8 years and I’m still here. I have to say, I’ve loved every minute of it!!! The shy reserved boy that once was, is no more. Life has thrown me some huge challenges but despite these, over the years i have gained so much confidence in all areas of performing arts. I have taken part in drama festivals, gradings and have loved being part of all the shows, especially recent principal roles. I’ve made some amazing friends! A couple of years ago, along with almost 5,000 hopefuls, i auditioned for a feature film, in which i got to the last 36..i was very fortunate to get some background work and a wealth of experience, not to mention my name on the credits. I’m especially excited that after another set of auditions, that i was awarded a ‘voice over’ contract for a new animated series that will be on C beebies in the Autumn..I’ve just finished recording 52 episodes and will be the voice of ‘ Draff’ ,
Finally i would just like to say that this all wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement i have received from all my teachers..Starburst to me is a stage school that really cares!!!
Starburst Theatre School has provided me with so many skills such as communication, team work and confidence. My communication skills with people has increased dramatically, I can talk to people now in ways I couldn’t before.
In Starburst our team work is the basis of the school, we are all so different but get along so well and our bonds are strong. My confidence has increased so much since I joined drama in 2012, I found it very difficult to speak in schools but with the help of my teachers in Starburst they have taught me techniques to overcome my fear of public speaking, an aid to my new role as Head Girl in school.
I enjoy going to Starburst Theatre School so much as we not only improve our strengths but work to make our weaknesses become strengths too. Working on the three discipline of dance, singing and drama we do not base ourselves around one of the three, we become equally as good in all three.
To all the team at Starburst Theatre School.
I write this letter of recommendation with great ease! I have nothing but positives to say about this fantastic growing children’s theatre school Northern Ireland. My two children are now in their second year of Starburst Theatre School based in Ballyearl and they are thriving.
Although they come from a performing background with parents being professional actors they were at first reluctant to go every Saturday but after the first week they were hooked.
The team from the drama, music and dance teachers to the volunteers and chaparones couldn’t be more pleasant to work with. They make each single child feel important, they are attentive to children with special needs helping them build in confidence. Something my older son would suffer from and I have seen a huge improvement. My heart melted when at the end of their first production of Peter pan he was awarded Best New Comer. In a short space of time my children have gained knowledge of a variety performing styles from Mime to Disney to braving the works of Shakespeare. They dance classes and workshops are fun yet educational and their end of year productions are of a very high standard, how they do it all on their shoe string budget I do not know.
My children go to Starburst theatre school not just as a first step into learning to be masters of their craft but to gain social skills, build friendships and memories for life. It is clear this family run theatre keep work hard to keep that feeling running though out the school. Keep up the great work Starbust Theatre School.