Ariel expands special needs drama group

Ariel Drama Academy
Ariel Drama Academy

Ariel Drama Academy, East Grinstead, will be opening its doors to students with special needs (age 19+), with dedicated classes.

This will complement the fully inclusive academies, which have been running across Sussex.

The classes will be held in Crawley on Tuesday evenings and in Burgess Hill on Monday evenings, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Established in 1991, Ariel has achieved acclaim and recognition within the theatre industry for its shows and professional approach in staging these productions.

Ariel stages modern musicals, concerts and plays in professional theatres.

Ariel is an independent drama academy for students aged five to 19 and offers a broad curriculum covering the three core skills: drama, dance and singing.

Nigel Harman, star of EastEnders, Shrek, Three days of Rain and Downton Abbey is the Academy’s Patron.

He said: “The standard of theatrical training at Ariel is second to none and I am honoured to be Ariel’s Patron. The Academy sets a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.”

Students from the Academies have received top National lifetime honours for outstanding and selfless contribution to their communities, through their work with students with special needs.

The Academy also holds the Lady Diana Award for Excellence and is recognised in the industry for its work in this area and its success in teaching students with moderate to severe learning and physical disabilities, alongside mainstream academy students.

Ariel has four academies across Sussex, Burgess Hill, Crawley, East Grinstead and Steyning. February will also see Worthing opening, also with its own dedicated special needs classes.

Ariel has secured the rights to perform Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon this year.

To obtain a free trial, or for further details of the special needs drama/singing/dance groups, please contact Nicci on or call 01444 250407.

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