A Day at Christopher Maloney’s Theatre & Arts Academy
Saturday morning in Anfield isn’t all about Klopp and the red men….oh no! If you wander a little further up Oakfield road you’ll be met with a sea of black and electric blue t-shirts as the students from The Christopher Maloney Theatre and Arts Academy file into their rehearsals.
I arrived during registration and with 70+ kids on the books it was always going to be manic. Chris was at the helm, effortlessly in charge dealing with registers, processing fees and warmly welcoming new students all the while telling me what happens at the academy.
“We offer classes in performing arts, singing, dancing and acting so our kids get a well-rounded experience. Our new tots class means we can now accommodate boys and girls from age 4 to 19”
Chris took me watch the classes in full-swing and looking on like a proud dad he spoke passionately about the importance of fairness, inclusion and a real sense of community among the students.
“Everyone is welcome here, regardless of ability” He said.
From the youngest of learners practising energetic scenes from Mathilda (full on rough and tumble that looked like so much fun) to the eldest girls belting out tracks from Legally Blonde with teacher Jenny at the piano, every single one had a huge smile and were keen to show off their skills.
Exciting things are afoot at the academy as 32 students have recently been chosen to appear in panto, Aladdin at Blackpool’s North Pier and so rehearsals have stepped up before the live audience take their seats during October half term. Another shining example of their pro-active attitude and determination.
I couldn’t wrap up my visit without asking the former X-Factor contestant his opinion on the current series and who he thinks might clinch the title.
He said: “It’s too early to say at the minute but I do really like girl group, 4th Impact. They might just have what it takes this year”
I asked if Chris would recommend talent shows like the X-Factor as a route to fame for his academy students and his response was automatic.
“Oh no, definitely not. They (The X-Factor) rang me up asking if any of my older kids wanted to be fast-tracked through to the judge’s houses and I turned them down flat
“It’s far too much pressure at a young age, and having gone through it myself I’d rather support and nurture my students instead”
It’s clear that Chris and the staff are focussed on providing fun, dynamic classes for all those at the academy and the kids are absolutely thriving.
For more information about The Christopher Maloney Theatre and Arts Academy check out www.thechristophermaloneyacademy.co.uk or call 07842 272819 And check out Chris’ weekly X-Factor column on Twitter @ChrisMaloney77
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