ALL THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE BIZ —
CONGRATULATIONS -LAMDA SUCCESS! 100% DISTINCTION PASS RATE IN RECENT EXAMS! Well done !
SUMMER SCHOOL PRODUCTION 2017 ANNOUNCED AS
Biz Summer School & Production is on 14-26 August 2017 Rhoda McGaw Theatre Woking. Reserve your places now for this 2-week professional Musical Theatre training course, working with a top West End Production team which will conclude with fully staged performances of a fantastic musical at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, with professional scenery, costumes and a live orchestra. BOOK YOUR PLACES NOW! more..
EXCITING NEWS! WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS TERM TV STAR – MAX BOWDEN (JUSTIN IN BBC’S WATERLOO ROAD) IS COMING TO GIVE AN EXCLUSIVE ACTING WORKSHOP!!!!! He will be working with our older students.
BIZ STUDENTS CHOSEN TO APPEAR WITH OPERA & BALLET INTERNATIONAL'S TOSCA AND CARMEN AT THE NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING IN FEBRUARY 2016!
BIZ SUMMER SCHOOL AND PRODUCTION
AUGUST 2015 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Congratulations to all the students who took part in our summer production of THE PHANTOM OF
THE OPERA at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre. The Biz Theatre School is very proud to announce that following its highly successful production in August, the grand total raised for Shooting Star
Chase is expected to be over £2,000! It now means we have raised over £32,000 for local
children’s charities from our last few productions and over £30,000 in total for CHASE! Everyone involved pulled together to produce three fantastic performances. The whole production was a huge success, very well received by the Mayor, fantastic picture spread in the local press, and audiences with standing ovations and sold out performances. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
West End Star Oliver Tompsett to hold Musical Master Class At The Biz Theatre
We are thrilled to announce that Oliver Tompsett, West End star of Wicked, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia, will be holding an exclusive West End Musical Master Class with senior students from The Biz Theatre School on Saturday May 2nd.
Oliver’s extraordinary talents have seem him playing leading roles in the West End for over a decade, and earned him a reputation as one of the West End’s most celebrated performers. He is also a singer/songwriter in his own right, regularly performing in concerts across the country and has recorded for many of the industry’s top composers.
Students from The Biz will be put through their paces by Oliver, working on songs and routines from Rock of Ages, in which he played the lead role of Drew in the West End. Artistic Director Erika Vincent (no stranger to the West End Stage herself) of The Biz Theatre School in Woking/Guildford said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get first hand experience working with a seasoned pro like Oliver and hopefully they will find out what it really takes to be a West End star. I know that our pupils will have a lot of fun and will learn so much from the day.
The Biz Theatre school and Biz Productions values its links with the industry and West End, National Theatre, Performers, Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors and Stage Management visit and work with pupils on a regular basis. Students from The Biz have been chosen to appear in many professional productions including Stephen Daldry’s/ NT An Inspector Calls and Birmingham Rep’s The Twits. The Biz consistently achieves very high standards with many students going on to Top Drama Schools with full scholarships, and into West End productions such as Les Miserables and The Lion King.
MORE BIZ SUCCESSES!
Congratulations to former Biz student Nigel Beard who appeared on TV recently dancing with the Eastenders cast on Children in Need.
BIZ SUMMER SCHOOL & PRODUCTION 2014
Congratulations to all the students who took part in our summer production of Les Miserables at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre. The Biz Theatre School is very proud to announce that following its highly successful production in August 2014, the total raised for Shooting Star Chase is £2892 which means we have now raised over £31,00 for local children’s charities from our last few productions and over £28,000 in total for Shooting Star Chase! Everyone involved pulled together to produce three fantastic performances with standing ovations at every performance!. The whole production was a huge success, very well received by the Mayor, local press and sell out audiences. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
Congratulations to Martin Woodhams who has been selected for a featured role in a new TV series for The Crime and Investigation Channel.
Congratulations also to former Biz student Natalie Bryant who has been offered places with a Dance and Drama Award Scholarship at both Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Guildford School of Acting for their three year BA Hons Musical Theatre course starting in September.
Congratulations to former Biz Student Nigel Beard (currently studying for a BA in Dance Theatre at Trinity Laban) who performed in the opening ceremonies for both The Olympic and Paralympics Games.
Congratulations to all the students who took part in our summer production of WEST SIDE STORY at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre. The Biz Theatre School is very proud to announce that following its highly successful production in August 2011, the grand total raised for Shooting Star Chase is an amazing £3224.00 which is even more than last year despite greatly increased costs. It now means we have raised over £23,340 for local children’s charities from our last few productions and nearly £20,000 in total for CHASE! Everyone involved pulled together to produce three fantastic performances. The whole production was a huge success, very well received by the Mayor, NODA, local press and audiences. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
Biz student films new series! Congratulations go To Amelia Farquharson who has been filming the new series of Copycats for The BBC with Sam and Mark!
Congratulations to everyone who took part in A VOICE IN MILLION Concert at the O2 in January this year. Some Biz pupils had already taken part in recording sessions at Shepperton Studios and a few lucky Biz pupils were surprised to get a visit from the X factor finalists who turned up to show their support. See some of their performances at
Congratulations also go to all the Biz pupils who have been filming a new series Copycats for CBBC. Also to Fern Dolphin who has successfully auditioned for the new CBBC TV show Roboidz.
Congratulations to all the students who took part in our summer production of FAME at The Leatherhead Theatre. The whole production was a huge success, very well received by the Head of Council, local press and audience. Final bills from the production are now all in, I am very proud to announce that we have raised over £3,700 for CHASE and the children’s hospice for Surrey, Christopher’s. The Biz has now raised more than £17,800 for local children's charities from their last few productions! WELL DONE EVERYONE!
Congratulations also to Chloe Elliott, Joe Hough and Tom Orme who were selected to perform in the award winning production of An Inspector Calls at The New Victoria Theatre, Woking this April.
NEW BIZ WORKS
The Biz Theatre School and their agency Biz Management is delighted to announce a new series of one-off workshops aimed at older students and those serious about a career in the performing arts. We will have also have some exciting guest teachers including some special audition and musical theatre workshops with top casting directors. Contact us for more details about the agency and forthcoming workshops: email firstname.lastname@example.org
BIZ STUDENTS STAR IN NEW FILM. Congratulations go to Will Southey and Amelia Farquharson who have just been filming roles in a new film Imaginary Dad. (Amelia seen here filming on location) Will plays the lead role of Matt and Amelia plays the supporting role of Susie. Both have been invited to attend the premiere later in the year. The Director Simon Green remarked how professional and natural the Biz children were.
THE BIZ GROUP impress at international talent event in Paris
Erika Vincent of The Biz Theatre Group and Biz
Management led twelve of the most impressive local actors, singers, dancers
and models to the first ever European
International Talent Showcase at Disneyland Paris this November.
Scouts all over the UK have been auditioning hopefuls for almost a year to
find the very best talent to present to a panel of top casting directors,
agents and directors but only the best of the best from Surrey were chosen.
In total, over 250 contestants from the UK travelled to Paris to perform for
the top industry VIP’s and be assessed on their performance, personal
conduct and professionalism. Each contestant could participate in various
showcases including TV Commercial, acting, singing and dance and the panel
of judges included the casting directors for “Nanny McPhee”, “The
Chronicles of Narnia”, “Billy Elliot”, “Casualty”, “Holby City” and
“Skins”, casting directors for West End Musicals, agents who
represent clients such as Daniel Radcliffe, Liam Neeson and Michael Caine,
top industry professionals such as Zoe Tyler (vocal coach for TV show
“Any Dream Will do” and presenter on ITV1’s “Loose Women”) and
many more. All had the opportunity to work closely with the VIP’s,
participating in workshops and seminars including a fabulous Broadway dance
audition workshop with Austin Miller who recently played Link Larkin
in Hairspray in the US.
The Surrey contestants impressed the Industry professionals with their singing, acting, dancing and modeling potential. So much so that the VIP’s have expressed a keen interest in The Biz Theatre School and want to come to Surrey to work alongside Erika in their continued training. The Biz, with branches in Woking and Epsom, has a reputation for delivering a very high standard and this year’s summer school show raised the bar even higher with an outstanding production of “The King & I”. The stars of the show, David Oliver, Adrianna Morgan and Natalie Bryant all took part in “Growing Talent”. It’s no surprise that the VIP’s were impressed, as Erika has been in the business for over 30 years as a very successful actress, choreographer and director and has been coaching her contestants for months in preparation for Paris. Making her West End debut at the age of four, Erika went on to perform with the Royal National Theatre and the English National Opera as well as appearing in countless West End musicals, commercials, films and TV shows.
Casting director Pippa Hall (“The Chronicles of Narnia”, “Billy Elliot”) has taken a shine to the younger Biz contestants, Bethany Browne, Chloe Elliot, Jordi Dix and Dominique Yeo, and has offered them all an audition and screen test for a new major motion picture filming this year. Laura Nightingale was named as best overall model and has been offered a contract with a top international modeling agency. Several had call backs with interest from US and Canadian agents, Emma Harding was interviewed by a top casting director for a lead role in a new feature film, Amelia Kirby caught the eye of Michael Cain and Catherine Zeta-Jones’s agent and Grace Gillespie-Glen was also offered a job on the spot to play Maid Marion in a pantomime, as the girl booked to play the role had just broken her leg. Talk about a lucky break!
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BIZ SUMMER SCHOOL and production
AUGUST 2008 —
Following previous year’s successful productions of THE WIZ, Oliver and Guys and Dolls our summer school production for 2008 was The King and I. This intensive two week course took place in AUGUST 2008 in Woking, culminating in a fully staged performance of THE KING AND I at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking. The whole production was an outstanding success. We had a fabulous full orchestra, fantastic scenery and beautiful costumes. The Biz Theatre School is very proud to announce that the grand total of £3568 has been raised for CHASE. A fantastic achievement and a big thank you to everyone involved for all your hard work. We have now raised raise over £14,000 for local children's charities from our last 4 productions.
We played to packed houses and got a fantastic review in the local paper:
"The show was a colourful spectacle with attention to detail paid to everything from Music to costume.....The Children were all great performers....All had excellent Stage presence and were very professional ".
To read the full article click here
Congratulations go to Tom Orme who has just been filming the lead part in a new film My Friend Malcolm. Also congratulations to Ben Woodward who has been offered a place at London Studio Centre.
We are also delighted that Tristan Semon-Ward has been asked to return to the role of Gavroche in The West End production of Les Miserables.
SUMMER SCHOOL AND PRODUCTION 2007
Following last year's production of OLIVER!, we are pleased to announce another successful production from The Biz. Our summer school 2007 production of THE WIZ, an R & B dramatization of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a huge success with standing ovations! This intensive two week course culminated in a fully staged performance of THE WIZ at The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking in August/September 2007. The Mayor of Woking Cllr Cross attended the opening night and came on stage at the end of the performance to congratulate the cast and the production team on producing a fantastic show. Over £2,500 Profits will be going to CHASE-The Children’s Hospice Association. Thanks to everyone who supported us! The Biz have now raised more than £10,500 for local children's charities from our last three productions!
TWO WEST END SUCCESSES!!!
Congratulations go to two of our students who have been offered West End roles, Indeera Shankla who is currently playing the role of Nala in The West End production of The Lion King and Tristan Semon-Ward who has won the role of Gavroche in The West End production of Les Miserables. Tristan Semon-Ward, aged eight, will fill the well-worn shoes of Gavroche, the heroic street urchin, in the Queen’s Theatre’s production of Les Miserables. Tristan, said The Biz was to thank for much of his success. He said: “I just like acting so much. I don’t know how I got started but I like The Biz because I really enjoy acting and singing and dancing. They are all of my hobbies.”
Meanwhile fellow leading light of The Biz Theatre School Indeera Shankla,
12, is playing the young cub Nala in a production of The Lion King at the Lyceum
“I was really excited when I heard I was in The Lion King. It was a great
opportunity for me to be in another West End musical — two years ago I was in
The Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre.”
A very successful year for The Biz Theatre School has been rounded off with
a stream of the school’s students being featured on TV. We are approached on a
regular basis to put forward students for both live and recorded features on the
BBC and commercial television. Earlier this year, two pupils were chosen to
appear in the new series of
call to the school’s appointed agent resulted in two students being selected to
appear in a new TV advert for the
Recently, 5 more Biz students appeared live on
in a challenging feature where they had to learn classical singing with Opera
singer Katherine Jenkins and beat-box with Jay Sean and perform live at the end
of the programme. Needless to say the students rose to the challenge and we had
a great day at the BBC. Other students also appeared on BBC’s
The Mysti Show.
The Biz Theatre School once again appeared at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the
West End in December having been asked to take a starring role in the Childrens
THE BIZ ON BLUE PETER
After being spotted on CBBC's Xchange programme last year, the BBC asked for six Biz students appear live on Blue Peter. The Biz Theatre School took part in the launch of the Blue Peter GET TOGETHER APPEAL. The appeal is to help children with learning disabilities participate in out of school activities. Erika was delighted to be supporting the appeal and also to get a Blue Peter badge after 30 years of trying!