Parker & Snell Company is pleased to offer both adult and children’s classes and workshops in ACTING FOR TELEVISION, FILM & THEATRE and MUSICAL THEATRE for ages 4 – 80+.
Our teaching is at the cutting edge of what is happening in the television, film and theatre industry today. We aim to equip both children and adults with the necessary skills and techniques required for on-screen acting including theatre and musical theatre.
Acting techniques taught by PSC are grounded in the Method Acting approach which draws from world-renowned practitioners including Stanislavsky, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg and Michael Chekov. We teach, newly developed, realism acting techniques for television and film as used by leading industry professionals including ITV and BBC directors and world-renowned acting coaches: Mel Churcher (Daniel Craig, Angelina Jolie and Jude Law) and Jeremiah Comey (Billy Zane, Johnny Knoxville, and Kayla Ewell).
Children’s drama classes cover a broad spectrum of acting skills, including character development, improvisation, vocal projection, interpreting texts for both stage and screen, body language, embodying a character & physicalisation.
We aim to improve both personal and social skills through confidence building, encouraging a healthy self-esteem.
Our Musical Theatre classes combine acting, singing, and dancing, classes explore a wide range of exercises and techniques required for musical theatre including acting through song, vocal techniques, competence, understanding and confidence in dance skills, vocal range to creating truthful characters and how to apply these appropriately to solo and ensemble work.
Children attending our classes will first and foremost be considered for any productions which Parker & Snell Company produces, where appropriate, on the Isle of Man and/or in the UK.
Parker and Snell Company will provide show-reels, where applicable, to industry contacts including casting directors, feature film, and independent film directors in conjunction with Ex-Isle film agency when audition opportunities arise on the Isle of Man.
In 2018, Parker and Snell Youth Company will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 13th – 18th August 2018, following on from their successful trip in August 2017.
Many of our students have been cast in a number of theatre productions (lead roles) including: Les Misérables, The Mousetrap, Peter Pan, Shrek the Musical, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Jungle Book, The Edelweiss Pirates, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty the Pantomime, 101 Dalmatians, Eight, Manx Tales & Legends, Taylorian’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oliver & Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz Pantomime, Mulan & The Little Mermaid by JT Productions, Aladdin by Dreamstar Productions, Elf the Musical, Westside Story, The Producers and many more. Students have also been cast in Where Hands Touch, a new feature film directed by Amma Assante.
All of our tutors have either trained (formerly IOM Acting Academy) or worked with PSC extensively.
Visiting professionals include, Kym Marsh (Coronation Street) June West (ITV casting director), Mel Churcher (A list acting coach), Kieran Griffiths (Shameless, The Street), Simon Powell (independent film director), William Ash (Waterloo Road, Hush), Michelle Holmes (Rita, Sue & Bob Too, Coronation Street, Above Suspicion) Peter Hunt (acting coach ALRA) and Matthew Bannister (RADA tutor and actor).
For further information including class dates/times and venues, please download our Acting classes – Isle of Man brochure below (in partnership with the Gaiety Theatre).