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Haverhill couple have formed the Mayes School of Performing Arts

A married couple well-known on the amateur dramatics scene in Haverhill are all set to launch their own performing arts school in the town.

Lee and Megan Mayes, along with Laura Dodd, are now inviting enrolments to the Mayes School of Performing Arts, which holds its first (free) session from 6pm to 8pm on Monday, February 4 in the Drama Hall at Castle Manor Academy.

Lee and Megan have been involved with the Centre Stage Company, since they were aged five and 10, respectively.

Most recently they worked on the company’s youth musical Our House, Megan as the director and Lee the musical director.

Realising younger performers have to wait for many months between shows to be able to practise and polish their skills, the couple, both primary school teachers, decided to start their own school.

Megan Mayes, left, with husband Lee Mayes and Laura Dodd (6630397)
Megan Mayes, left, with husband Lee Mayes and Laura Dodd (6630397)

Lee said: “When you do a musical it just stops and then you go back to regular life and we thought we really like doing this and we wished we could do it more and help young people in Haverhill who like performing.”

The school is suitable for anyone aged between eight and 20 and costs £10 per week.

Lee, who has a BA Honours in Drama and can play the piano and brass instruments, is the school’s director, Megan teaches the singing and acting and Laura dance.

Lee added: “This school is suitable for complete beginners, all the way to experienced actors and actresses, and can become a place where a child has fun and learns to express themselves, whilst also providing them with an excellent experience for their future.”

For more details about the school and how to enrol visit www.mayes-performing-arts.co.uk.

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