Acting, Dancing or Singing every student will benefit

We aim to help all students who attend, no matter what the age to gain confidence and self worth skills for life! All students are asked to give 100% when entering the workshops – each one of which is action packed – crammed full of exciting, challenging and stretching topics. Our yearly events include the following:

A 'full-scale' Musical show

Each year during or near the month of October, Stage Door Studio presents a
full scale musical where all students attending workshops are encouraged to
take part. Auditions for main parts usually take place during March / April,
however those younger students do not have to audition, and they can still
be included in the musical.

These shows are presented in a very professional manner and a Halifax
location is used to stage the production. A live band is always used and
these events are great fun and help to secure greater confidence in the
individual student creating a ‘team’ spirit for all to enjoy.


Cabarets are usually held twice a year and are presented at the Studio Rooms
where the group rehearses. They consist of a selection of Acting, Dancing
and Singing with extracts from various plays or musicals. All the students
are given the opportunity to take part either as a soloist, duet or part of
ensemble group.

These are a ‘low-key’ alternative to those who may not wish to be involved
in a full-scale musical presentation. The rehearsals leading up to these
events are great fun, as are the ‘live’ shows. The Studios are transformed
into a Cabaret like setting with seating for approximately 100 people.
Parents, family and friends are invited to come along and attend, and are
even encouraged to take part with audience participation!

Charity Events

Each year during March all Stage Door Studio students are requested to take part in a large charitable evening at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax. This
is a free variety event known as ‘The Concert for the Young at Heart’ for
the senior citizens of Calderdale. The group has been involved in this event
for over 16 years and it never fails to bring great happiness to those who
attend and also those involved. There is an extract from a particular
musical or Medley performed which usually opens the evening, along with
other performances by older students. The theatre is always full to capacity and it proves to be a thrilling and uplifting experience for all the members at Stage Door Studio.

Theatre visits

As part of the great social able times spent at Stage Door Studio we often organise theatre trips. There is a great family atmosphere that exists within the group, giving the opportunity for everyone to come together and share happy times. Life is never dull at Stage Door Studio, so everyone is encouraged to support the activities for the good of the group in general.

Certificate of Achievement events

These events are held occasionally during the year, and are a chance to
receive feedback from Tutors on how students are progressing and an
opportunity to acknowledge those who have been outstanding in various areas
of theatrical skills.

Social functions

Meals out, theatre trips, Discos and quiz events; these are just some of the
great social able times spent at Stage Door Studio. A family atmosphere
exists within the group, giving the opportunity for everyone to come
together and share happy times. Life is never dull at Stage Door Studio, so all are encouraged to support the activities for the good of the group in general.

Whether it’s Acting, Dancing or Singing, every student will benefit – confidence for life! Scripts, Improvisation, Games, Playlets, Duologues, Monologues, Team Building exercises, Warm-ups – Stage Door Studio has it all!

Ideal for the solo performer or the one who would just like to be a member of a team. Each student brings that special something to the group! All for One and One for All!

Rehearsals require a great amount of hard work from everyone involved. Many pressures exist in life today, so it is a wonderful achievement when a musical actually comes together. Learning the script, songs and dances are not easy to do especially when we all lead such hectic lives. But when we accomplish what we set out to do, it can bring great joy to all who see the finished result.


The team at Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop is led by two experienced tutors: Anne Redfern and Janet Fletcher with many years experienced in the theatrical arts. Starting the workshops in the year 2000, Anne and Janet have worked together on numerous projects, encouraging young people to achieve the highest possible standards of their potential and focusing on their strengths as individuals. Anne and Janet ensure that everyone in attendance benefits from their direction and supportive attitude, always learning new skills which are challenging in so many different ways.

We are Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Matron certified.


  • Workshops are usually of 1 hour duration and comprise of a healthy mix of topics.
  • Acting in groups or as individuals.
  • Learning steps to simple or complex dance routines.
  • Learning to sing with techniques. All enable the student to become a solo or ensemble performer.
  • ‘Specialist’ subjects can be taught on a longer duration from 2 – 3 hour sessions.

Why people choose us

Joanne My daughter joined Stage Door Studio to help improve her confidence, she was made so welcome and included in everything, and she became part of the Stage Door Studio family! She made lots of friends, she loves performing and learning lots of new skills and this has helped her in all aspects of her social and school life. My son has now also joined, as we feel the experience it offers them both is invaluable
Dan Stage Door Studio is fantastic experience for children of a wide range of ages, to develop confidence and social skills
Stuart My daughter has always loved to dance. Being at Stage Door Studio she gets to do what she enjoys with friends and her progression from year to year is remarkable – Amanda
My daughter has really come out of her shell since starting at Stage Door Studio. Her confidence is amazing and she just loves performing, thanks to Anne and Janet
Jon Stage Door Studio has provided our kids with a fun, safe environment and opens the door to acting and singing opportunities
Kelly We heard that Stage Door Studio would be a great experience for my son and he’s only been coming two weeks and he loves it!
Stacey I chose Stage Door Studio for my girls to attend because the focus is on all young performers enjoying themselves and building confidence. The performances are for the benefit of children and charity

Workshop groups


Students from the age of 5 years plus (or depending on their ability) can benefit from being in this delightful energetic group. Stretching themselves to push the boundaries to achieve how to gain greater confidence whilst covering Acting, Dancing and Singing. All three areas help the individual student to gain more inner confidence and awareness, enhancing their lives with skills that will enable them to achieve greater success. A committed and dedicated approach is vital by all who attend so that the maximum benefit can be established. Acting out various script to the more impromptu form of improvisation, all are challenging and enjoyable to those in attendance at the workshops. A variety of dance techniques from ballet to contemporary aspects, along with solo singing – the Sunray group has much to offer, making it a fun time to spend at the workshop.


Dramatic and thought-provoking are incredible words that could describe the Phantom groups – available to students aged 11 plus (or depending on their ability). This is the older group that operates at Stage Door Studio with students who are setting off towards becoming young adults. A dedicated, committed and respectful attitude is vital whilst attending workshops. Acting, Dancing and Singing are all covered in this fast-moving, energetic and inspiring class. A large amount of energy coupled with enthusiasm is necessary for the student to gain the most from the modern techniques used. The philosophy of ‘have a go at anything’ and the ‘glass is half full’ never empty, must surely be the key to the on-going success in this group.


Available to adults, these workshops are held weekly for 1 hour and cover various forms of dance. Modern, Jazz, Line, Salsa, Polka etc. All who attend just need enthusiasm and a ‘Yes’ approach – open to non-dancers, just come along and share in the fun way to learn something new!

Show Workshops

Various workshops take place throughout the year, please contact Anne Redfern on 01422 200334 for further details.