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The Lower Seniors Team are all in their early teens and it is in this group that they begin to get into their stride as performers. They take on roles in their own productions and are encouraged to grow as actors, dancers and singers.  Lower Seniors also take part in the prestigious Christmas Concert as part of a choir of a hundred singers, accompanied by professional musicians. It is during their time in this group that they are exposed to harmony, building a character and more advanced dance technique. 

We are non-auditioned, but our standard  and expectations are high. You don't have to be the best, but you do have to do your best.  Expect hard-work,  intricate attention to detail, and the highest achievable level of performance. All we ask of you is to thoroughly commit to the group, do your best, raise your own game and bring along a sense of humour. 


AGE GROUP: Year 7 - 9

DAY: Tuesday

TIME: 5.30pm - 7pm


£50 per month, collected by Direct Debit through our online membership portal


Jonathan Francis, Sue Gilbrook and Roseanna Sanderson 


I loved my time at Chesterfield Studios. It was like having a second family. I was given so many opportunities to perform including playing Tony in West Side Story. I am now in my second year at the Urdang Academy training on the BA (Hons) Professional Dance and Musical Theatre Course. I simply wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for Chesterfield Studios. 

- Owen Jenkinson, Former Student


A typical Lower Seniors session will be a weekly rehearsal for an upcoming performance. This may be a showcase, concert or full-scale musical theatre production. Works are picked that are achievable yet challenging with a very broad range of material chosen. Having our own theatre space means we can offer many opportunities to our members. Rehearsals are engaging and fast-paced resulting in the best possible performance. 

Jonathan Francis, Sue Gilbrook, and Roseanna Sanderson

"The Lower Seniors Group is where the magic really starts to happen. It's great to see these young seniors develop in confidence and ability in their early secondary school years. All three skills really start to come alive in this group and we hear voices suddenly start to develop along with increased skills in acting and dance. We have a huge amount of fun and post-pandemic, have been working hard to make sure our students are carefully encouraged after years of disruption."


Roseanna trained at Phil Winston's Theatreworks. She is a Fellow of the International Dance Teacher's Association and holder of the John Knight Award given to the most promising Fellowship candidate in the Tap faculty. She is Director of Dance for Chesterfield Studios and oversees all dance within Musical Theatre as well directing the Diane Bradbury Theatre Dance School. 

Sue is a professional actor who works extensively in  theatre across the country. She trained at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and is responsible for actor training within the musical theatre program. 

Jonathan trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. He began his career as an assistant director for ITV  before working as a  theatre director in London as well as major theatres in the south east. He is holder of a distinction in Musicianship from the British Kodály Academy and has been musical director for over a hundred musicals. Jonathan conducts all major Chesterfield Studios performances and leads the Studios adult choir which has a membership of sixty singers. 

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