Acting Classes

Acting Academy classes last 90 minutes, this allows for a vocal/body warm up and drama games to increase confidence and creativity before the main activity. All academy classes are taught by Melanie Ash, assisted by Hollie Thornton. We are now accepting online booking for all academy classes.

Musical Theatre classes are 3 hours in total, allowing one hour for each discipline (voice, dance and drama). All musical theatre classes are taught by industry professionals and managed by Melanie Ash. Ages 6-8 years and 9-11 years.

Little Stars for age 3-5 years last 1 hour and cover music, song, baby ballet, baby street, and drama.

Community Drama Clubs typically last 1 hour and the focus is on increasing confidence and improving skills. Hollie facilitates all these clubs.

Silver Stars is aimed at those over 60, all abilities welcome.

Additional Information

We are fully insured and passionate about safe guarding and child protection
Liability Insurance
Child Protection Policy

Acting Academy and Musical Theatre places are limited.

All prospective students complete an application form and attend a taster session (50% discount) before enrolling or joining the waiting list. Visit our Online Application Form

All prospective students over the age of 18 must attend an informal/interview before being offered a place. Please complete our online application form and we will contact you to arrange your session.

Autumn 2018 term dates

The new term starts on Monday 3rd September – Saturday 15th December (half term break the week of 22nd October).Both acting academy’s in Preston and Horwich will be working towards a pantomime, with the musical theatre and community drama classes focusing on building skills, technique and confidence with a Christmas Showcase.

LAMDA Acting Exam Preparation Classes start 15th September and run for 8 weeks with the exams taking place on 11th November in Blackpool.

Class Times, Venues and Prices


MONDAYS Horwich Acting Academy at St Mary’s FC.

Scholes Bank, Horwich. 

6-7.30pm 6-12 years – Book Now

7.30-9pm 13-17 years – Book Now

(coming from Horwich towards Adlington/Chorley after the double round about with The Crown Pub on your right take a left into the car park at the bottom of the dip))

£10 pay weekly or £8.50/session (paying in advance)


TUESDAYS Preston Acting Academy at Caritas Care

218 Tulketh Road, Ashton on Ribble, Preston, PR2 1ES

6-7.30pm 6-12 years – Book Now

7.30-9pm 13-17 years – Book Now

7.30-9pm Adults – Book Now

(Classes take place in Mariam House, use the entrance on Beech Grove)

£10 pay weekly or £8.50/session (paying in advance)


WEDNESDAYS Ingol Community Drama Club at St Margaret’s Church Hall

Tag Lane, Ingol, PR2 3XA

4-5pm – 5-7 years – Book Now

5-6pm – 8-11 years – Book Now

£4 pay weekly or £3/session (paying in advance)


THURSDAYS Ribbleton Community Drama Club at Sion Park Community Hub

1a Longridge Road, Ribbleton, PR2 6RE

4-5pm – 5-7 years – Book Now

5-6pm – 8-11 years – Book Now

£4 weekly


FRIDAYS Little Stars at St Joseph’s Club, Chorley

Harpers Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 0HR

9.30-10.30 – Book Now
£6 pay weekly or £5/session (paying in advance) for 2-5 years

FRIDAYS Silver Stars at St Joseph’s Club, Chorley

Harpers Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 0HR

10.30-12.30 – Book Now
£6 pay weekly or £5/session (paying in advance) for 60 plus years


SATURDAYS Preston Musical Theatre Academy and Little Stars at Chesmere Guides Hut

Chesmere Drive, Penwortham, PR1 0RA

10-11am – Little Stars – Book Now
£6 pay weekly or £5/session (paying in advance), for 3-5 years

10-1pm – Musical Theatre – voice, dance and drama – Book Now
£18 pay weekly or £15/session (paying in advance), ages 6-8 years and 9-11 years




LAMDA Private Classes

Founded in 1861, LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK. The process of preparing for and succeeding in a LAMDA examination essentially helps learners, whatever their ages or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Across the range, LAMDA examinations develop a learner’s ability to:
• read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
• improve confidence in speaking and listening
• memorise and recall information
• research and create persuasive formal presentations
• create and defend arguments
• engage in constructive informal conversation
• work both on his/her own and participate as a member of a team.
No matter what direction learners may choose to follow in the future, the examinations provide the opportunity to nurture their natural abilities. These critical skills will enhance their self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, whether at school, in further education, in work, or in the community: in other words, to fulfil their potential.
Meladrama have an enviable history of delivering consistently brilliant results! Last year 27 students trained for LAMDA acting exams – with 24 students gaining a ‘distinction’ (top mark)!

The cost of the exam varies and is payable to LAMDA direct – entry level starts at £34 – through to Grade 8 at £82. In preparation students will need 8 one to one lessons in the consecutive weeks leading up to the exam in Blackpool on 10th November.

Lessons are offered on Saturdays in Chorley on:
15th, 22nd and & 29th September
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th October & 3rd November

and Thursdays in Chorley on:
20th, 27th September
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and 1st & 8th November

The cost of the lessons are £15/session if paying weekly or £15 if paying in advance £104 (works out £13 per session).
£15 to reserve your place – book you slot here:



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