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   ADELE PETERS PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL

Talent Agency

Performing Arts, Singing Dancing and Drama.

Adele Lee Peters principal and international professional performer

Adele Peters

Principal

Adele has worked at a professional singer and musical theatre performer for over 20 years in both the UK and Spain and  across Europe. With her background in musical theatre she toured the UK in many different productions before settling in Spain. For many years she performed in many prestigious venues and sung for Lords, Ladies and celebrities. . Musical credits include Nancy -Oliver!, Adelaide - Guys and Dolls, Sandy - Grease, Maria -  The Sound of Music, Eva Peron - Evita, Dorothy - The Wizard of Oz plus playing the lead in many Pantos. She has also performed in the Music of the Night and Broadway Musicals in Concert as principle female artiste. Adele brings a wealth of professional stage experience plus expert teaching knowledge to her classes. 

  As a teacher, Adele owned a very successful Performing Arts School in Spain, developing young talent from beginners right up to professional level where they are still working. All of her older students are now in full time theatrical education or working as performers all over Europe. Adele teaches in English and also Spanish. She has a 100% pass rate  in all Rockschool exams with her students and believes that performance experience is as important as technique. 'You can be the most amazing performer in the studio, but whats important is how you bring that to the stage."

   Adele trained at the Doris Isaac School in Brighton then on to Southampton University studying for a degree in Performing Arts and Music. She has taught at many theatre and dance schools and as a peripatetic vocal coach for local councils. 

   Adele's passion for the Arts and music is clear in her teaching. Confidence is the key to performance and she works very hard on all students self-belief.  "Its so rewarding to watch performers grow in confidence, expertise and experience"

Staff
Harriet Wise
Dance Teacher
Harriet has a BA (hons) degree in Dance, Theatre and Professional Practise from Coventry University. During her time at university Harriet studied many variations of contemporary dance, alongside teaching modules.
   While at university, Harriet joined the Coventry University Musical Theatre Society, and it wasn't long before Harriet was voted to choreograph and teach dance for the society. Harriet remains  the longest standing choreographer of the society, choreographing three shows, 'The Phantom of the Musicals Cabaret ', 'Grease', and 'Guys and Dolls'. During her time teaching she brought confidence to teens and young adults who hadn't  danced before, and was also able to assist those who had experience, gain  new skills.  
Harriet also joined the University's cheerleading squad 'The Coventry Cougars'. She trained in stunting, pom and jazz , and by her third year she had competed in competitions for the pom and jazz team. during her second year of cheerleading Harriet joined an All Star stunting cheer team, 'StarFire AllStars' and competed at 'Jamfest Europe' at the 'Liverpool Echo Arena' in front of over 4000 people.  
After leaving Coventry Harriet attended 'KSA Academy of Performing Arts' to study musical theatre. During her time there she performed on the West End in 'Secrets' as 'Daisy' at 'The Bridewell Theatre', as well as 'King Elephant' in 'Just So' in the off West End venue, 'The Tram Shed Theatre'.  

Andrew Benn

Performing Arts School Business Manager, First Aid

After selling my business and retiring before 40 I thought I would be able to sit back and enjoy. I was wrong! It has been so exciting to watch APPAS grow and welcome these incredible students. No two days are ever the same.  It is my job to watch the pennies and make sure that when someone wants to put on a show in a local hall, we do not do it on The Main Stage of the Waterside. Therefore I take the overall responsibility to keep Adele and our teachers reined in.

(For those just joining us, the last show was at the main Stage in the Waterside! ).

Why on earth would anyone stem the creativity and passion that Adele and our wonderful teachers pass onto everyone at APPAS. This then in turn will create the most talent devoted thespians in the business. 

To say no would mean that Wicked could one day be without an Elphaba or a Galinda, What would the Opera be without the phantom? And where would the Guys be if the Dolls do not come to APPAS. So I take pride in making the wrong decisions and choose seeing APPAS thrive from the trail these future stars blaze,  than profit.

However, I do think my First Aid skills are superior to my business skills, after my seven children experiencing everything from a cut on the knee to meningitis, not only does my training but experiences help to put your children in safe hands. Each APPAS student is part of our extended family and I, along with the rest of the team take great care in all our student’s wellbeing.

Child safeguarding is also a big part of my role within APPAS and I always make time for the children to have somewhere safe they feel comfortable to unload their troubles... and some parents too.

APPAS is so much more than a job to all of us, it’s a passion.

Colin Teacher, Director, performer and Pantomime dame by appointment

Colin Hubbocks

Drama Teacher

Colin has been actively involved in community theatre for over twenty years now, appearing in a huge variety of productions ranging from Shakespeare to High School Musical! His roles have included a diverse range of characters including parts in Art, The God of Carnage, Norman in the Norman Conquests, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hi-de-Hi, West Side Story, Punks Not Dead and Oliver! For the last ten years he has played the Dame in Tring’s highly successful annual Pantomime.

During his time at APPAS Colin has written and directed pieces of drama specifically for the students to perform.

Colin is a professional trainer and coach and believes that Drama can help young people grow in confidence, self-belief, and provide them with a set of skills that will be invaluable on whatever career path they follow.

Leanna  Dance Teacher
Leanna Purkis
Dance Teacher
Leanna began dancing at the age of 2 ½ years. Training at the Julie Morton School of Dance, she was their longest standing member. For 23 years she trained in ballet, tap and modern/jazz, and performed at theatres such as the Wycombe Swan as a child. She also took on Irish dancing at age 7 and won numerous medals and trophies, reaching the highest levels in the association before hanging up her competition shoes at the age of 18. She went on to study musical theatre at West Herts college where she gained a distinction grade National Diploma in Performing Arts. Leanna also trained at the Mountview Academy in London on their musical theatre foundation course. After taking some time away to study optics and having had 2 children, Leanna loves being back in the field teaching at APPAS.