ROS StageWorks Summer School

A performing experience for ages 7 to 17…

Looking for affordable performing arts tuition in the Ruislip area? Get in touch…

We’re delighted to support Grangewood School, Eastcote.

Check the News Page – in the About Us menu – for some spring/summer diary dates…

StageWorks runs at Haydon School…


The theatre workshop for young people


An introduction – for anyone aged 7 to 17 – to the performing arts.

Learn to act, sing and dance, regardless of previous experience, in a safe, supportive environment.

Meeting every Saturday morning, including half-term dates, the current term ends on June 25th.
Contact Malcolm Unwin on 020 8866 3110 or
click ‘Join Us’ below. Here’s the March 2016 Newsletter.

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StageWorks is the theatre workshop designed to help you develop your performing skills, whether you’re into acting, singing, dancing or all three. Our Saturday morning sessions are great fun and you’ll make loads of new friends along the way. And if you’re new to the wonderful world of theatre – you’re in for a treat. The bug will bite and you’ll never be the same again. What are you waiting for?

For ages 7-10 and 11 plus, whatever your ability or experience. And, if you’re 8 or over, think about coming to Summer School – a production from page to stage in just over a week – and start your summer holidays in style…

As part of the StageWorks family you’ll have a lot of fun working with everyone to create something special. You’ll learn about singing, dancing and acting (in groups, usually, but you can have one-to-one help too, if you like) as well as trying your hand at backstage crafts sometimes.

You don’t need to know anything about stage or performance work before you join. However, to get the most out of every session you will need lots of energy, stamina, enthusiasm and the ability to concentrate.

StageWorks was set up in 2003, to introduce young people just like you to the delights of musical theatre. We are happy to welcome students from across the London Borough of Hillingdon and further afield, for our regular Saturday sessions and for our annual Summer School too. At StageWorks, we want you to feel confident enough to try new things, develop new skills and have a lot of fun, supported by your friends and helped by experienced instructors and ROS volunteers who love being on or around the stage.

Important info for those who pay the bills and get you to the sessions; ROS StageWorks meets on Saturday mornings during term time, including half term dates, at Haydon School, Wiltshire Lane, Pinner. The junior group meets from 9.15 am to 10.45 am; the senior group from 11.15am to 12.45pm. Each term runs for a period of 11 weeks at a cost of £75, payable per term in advance.

We operate an equal opportunity policy and consider all applications, dependent on availability of places; previous experience or known skills are not essential. ROS StageWorks is a registered activity of Ruislip Operatic Society.

NEWS 2016

  • 17 Mar         Spring/Summer Diary dates
  • 29 Feb         Summer School 2016
  • 25 Jun         2016 Term Dates
  • 13 Mar         Summer School update
  • 02 Mar         Summer School 2015
  • 19 Jan         Important dates for 2015


17 March Spring/Summer Diary dates

16th APRIL – First day of term – please remember that we do not close for half term.

25th JUNE – End of term – this will be followed by a dress rehearsal for the NODA SHOWCASE (see below)

26th JUNE – NODA annual award ceremony and conference at which we will be performing a SHOWCASE in front of an audience of over 200 people at the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar.

29 February Summer School 2016

Summer School 2016 happens in July. This year we’ll be putting everyone through their paces in High School Musical Jr, a high-octane, fun-filled musical extravaganza. If you’re aged 8 to 18, get in touch  – we’d love you to be a part of the team.

To ask for an application form, call 07789 900048 or email

25 June 2016 Term Dates

Here are the dates for the first two terms in 2016. (Remember that we don’t close for half term.)


9th January to 19th March 2016

16th April to 25th June 2016



13 March Summer School update

We’ve had a record number of applications already this year, less than two weeks after the launch! It’s great that so many of you want to take part in Seussical Jr and we’re really looking forward to this year’s event. Check the Summer School site’s News page for information about applying from now on.

02 March Summer School 2015

There are just a few short months between now and the start of Summer School 2015. This year we’re taking Seussical Jr from page to stage in just 8 days. It’s a magical, musical adventure filled with the wonderful characters created by Dr Seuss and if you’re aged 8 to 19, we’d love you to take part.

To ask for an application form, call 020 8868 5338 or email


19 January Important dates for 2015

28th February – Summer School Reunion & launch party

21st March – Final rehearsals for end of term show

28th March – End of term show. All students to attend from 09:15 – 12:45

10th May – NODA London ‘Hairspray’ workshop; open to all students aged 11 & over

25th April to 27th June – Spring Term; no end of term show

28th June – Beauty & the Beast showcase performance at NODA London Conference

25th July to 1st August – ROS StageWorks Summer School

19th September to 28th November – Autumn Term

Join Us

The workshops are divided into 2 groups, Juniors (7-11) and Seniors (12-17).

Juniors meet from 9.15 am to 10.45 am;
Seniors from 11.15am to 12.45pm.

Regular end-of-term performances give the students a chance to show what they can do.

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2014 / 2015 Requirements

For workshops, all students will need:

  • StageWorks T-shirt (£10)
  • Suitable dance footwear (discounted shoes available)
  • A folder for scripts and music
  • Bottle of water

Membership of ROS StageWorks costs £70 per term. Download a copy of our Terms & Conditions here Terms&Conds_OCT_2014

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ROS StageWorks Committee

This Group looks after StageWorks’ affairs and meets regularly through the year.

Malcolm Unwin – Chairman
Annie Hertler Smith – Artistic Director
Helen Bailey – Assistant Theatrical Director
Heather Darby – Members’ Secretary
Oliver Spinks – Treasurer
Ali Coe – Registrar
Sarah Stanton – CPO and Staff Manager
Angela Evans – Tuck Shop/Merchandise
Hollie Summerfield – Student Member

Our trained chaperones
All students must be chaperoned during their activities with ROS including StageWorks meetings and events. Chaperoning is a rewarding activity for anyone who can give up a little of their time to watch over the students. Other helpers man the tuck shop and make tea for the volunteers.

Have they been checked?
All chaperones are required to have an up to date DBS disclosure. The society will make all necessary arrangements if a volunteer does not have the required disclosure.

Would you like to help?
If  you would like to volunteer your services or learn more please click below.



The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 ‘to protect and advance the interests of Operatic and Dramatic Art, and of Societies engaged therein’. ROS is an active and enthusiastic member, one of 2,500 amateur societies and 3,000 individual members throughout the UK.

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The aims are…

• To give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector

• To help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance

• To provide leadership and advice to enable the amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century

ROS StageWorks thanks the following sponsors, for their support…

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  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Performing
  • Craft


Students are introduced to the art of acting through a variety of fun activities, including improvisation and the rehearsal of short scenes from well-loved shows.

Senior students often work on putting together dramatic scenes they’ve written themselves.

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Students learn to sing out confidently – in large and small groups – and have the opportunity to sing solo if they wish.

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Dancing is a key element of performance, encouraging movement, building strength and helping to boost confidence.

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Performance is about singing, acting and dancing with confidence, a vital attribute in all aspects of life, not just on stage.

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It takes a lot of work to stage any production – a huge team effort. We run occasional craft sessions, where students make props or items of scenery for the end of term showcase production. It’s a chance to see some of the things that happen behind the scenes to support the performers on stage.

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ROS / ROS StageWorks Summer School

Bringing you all the excitement of musical theatre

Enjoy all the social and performing aspects of a really friendly society that is based in Ruislip but attracts interest from all over London.

We meet every Thursday at St. Martin’s Church Hall, Ruislip. Click below to visit our site.


Summer School for young people

An opportunity for young performers to take part in a specially adapted, fully staged version of a well known musical, after a week of rehearsals and workshops. Audition for the chance to play a leading role or be an all-important member of the chorus.

Click on the link below for more details.

Stageworks Summer School

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