Sussex based Ariel Drama Academies has brought smiles and happiness to hundreds of local youngsters, who just days ago, were faced with some gloomy days ahead because of the Coronavirus (Covid 19).
The Drama academies, with locations in Burgess Hill, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham and Steyning, announced they have switched their academies, with over 1,000 students, to an online service. This follows the introduction of the government’s “social distance” guidance.
Just days ago the company, set up in 1993, was faced with the possibility of closure, disappointing the dedicated students who enjoy their weekly classes .
Said Nicci Hopson, Director of Ariel Academies, “For more than 20 years we have striven to ensure that our local communities enjoy the very best of our creative and talented youngsters. It’s so important during these unsettled times to keep a sense of routine and try to look at is as a time to pause and become more mindful of all the amazing creative opportunities that still exist. We are committed to supplying these on line lessons, until we can re-open.”
Over the years, there have been many success stories with students attaining places at full time drama schools and appearing in films, TV , West End productions and gaining places in the National Youth Theatre.
Each week, new lessons in Dance, Singing and Drama will be uploaded with fun activities, including students with special needs. “The support we have had from our tutors has been overwhelming, thinking up really inspirational pieces of work to explore” said Beth Gavin, Ariel Operations and PR Officer, adding: “We really do hope this will help students and parents keep a sense of normality to their week. Inclusive fun for everyone”.
Explained Neil Hopson, Artistic and Drama Academy Director: “We are committed to continue to adhere to our ethos – ‘To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programmes that build character, instil life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through drama, singing and dance. Passion for performing. Skills for life.’