Registered Charity Number 1183164
Kevin Cruise Foundation to Fund Performing Arts Sessions with Industry Professionals
As a response to the current situation and the cancellation of our Easter Pantomime and workshops,
we have had an idea.
With so many industry professionals on an enforced break, and with many performing arts students, or those with a desire to join the industry, stuck at home, we would like to bring you all together (from a distance of course).
We are setting up FREE 30 min sessions, open and available to anyone from 12 years old and up, living within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
These sessions will be generously funded by some of the donations we have received over the last year. A large amount of Industry Professionals have found themselves currently out of work and we hope by funding these sessions we can help with their current situation a little.
We will place your details into a list. The list will then be divided into the relevant categories and details distributed to our wonderful industry professionals (See who's who below)
It will then be up to our industry professionals to make contact and arrange the sessions with you. Please note that if you are under 18 years old you will need a guardian to apply for you and be in attendance during the online session.
If you are interested in the performance side of things, you can pick your session from one of the following:
Singing for Theatre.
Acting Crash Courses: Preparing for An Audition or Monologue Workshop.
Inside the Mind of the Magician: A Workshop on Showmanship and Learning Tricks.
We are also offering one-on-one Skype calls or phone conversations with industry professionals, who work
behind-the-scenes of theatrical productions.
These sessions would be extremely useful if you are working towards or wish to start a career in theatre, or are currently studying for a career in the industry. This will give you the chance to pick brains, make contacts or gain some insight, that you may not usually have access to.
Depending on what you want your session to be about, you will have access to any of the following:
Applying to Drama School
Theatre Producing, Theatre Directing, Musical Direction
Piano Lesson, Flute Lesson
Composing, Keyboard Programming
Dance, Jazz, Tap, Ballet
Public Speaking, Live Presenting, Radio Presenting
Scenic Art, Costume Design and Creation, Set Design
Magic, Comedy and Magic
If you would like to apply for your very own Kevin Cruise Foundation - Performing Arts Connect session then fill out the form below. Please note at this time we can only offer one session per person.
NB: This is a very recent idea, put together as quickly as possible to try and make this difficult time slightly more bearable for all concerned. If you do not receive a reply please understand we are simply doing the best we can in the spare time we have. Not everyone may receive an offer or correspondence. We are all trying to juggle this unprecedented time. However we do hope to connect as many of you as possible. All circumstances subject to change. Offer true as of 24th March 2020.
Our Industry Professionals - Who's Who...
Charlotte is a theatre director, producer and piano teacher. Associate Director of War Horse for the National Theatre and Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls. Co-runs a company, Brickdust which recently produced How Love Is Spelt at Southwark Playhouse. Alongside directing Charlotte has been teaching piano and drama for many years and prides herself on instilling confidence within a relaxed environment. Her directing work can be found at charlottepeters.co.uk.
I have spent the past 25 years working in all sorts of industries! Fashion, property, television and events. My areas of expertise are: -TV presenting - Marketing and PR for events/fundraisers/shopping fayres/charities -voice overs - children’s story telling online.
I have been in the theatre industry for 9 years. Most recently in the West End 'The Bodyguard” and “Mamma Mia” I teach at dance schools and stage schools, and more recently I’ve been teaching in colleges around London.
Belle Kizzy Green
I trained in Musical Theatre at The Brit School then Laine Theatre Arts. Recently I performed in West End Palladium’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I have also appeared in prestigious events including The Windsor Horse Show, performing for Her Majesty The Queen. Theatre work also includes; Qdos Pantomimes, The Windsor Theatre’s traditional Pantomimes for several years, Oliver! at West End’s Dury Lane, Scrooge! London Palladium, Touring credits, Performing on P&O Australia Pacific Eden Cruise Ship and lots more.
Louise’s passion for presenting has seen her work extensively across the media industry specialising in entertainment and lifestyle. She is a skilled presenter and interviewer and holds an NCTJ in Multimedia Journalism. Louise is no stranger to the entertainment industry having originally trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Alongside presenting Louise works as a Presentation Skills and Public Speaking trainer. She works with individuals and large groups both privately and for large corporate companies to help them to deliver effective presentations. Recently Louise has been working delivering the travel news on LBC and working for Rathergood Radio as their Breakfast show presenter. Live presenting experience includes hosting an array of awards ceremonies including the National Film Awards, World Fashion Awards, National Business Awards, and the National Reality TV Awards as well as presenting at the Ideal Home Show. Her radio experience has seen her work as an Entertainment Contributor for Talk Radio, and BBC London. She has presented her own shows on Radio Jackie, Vibe FM, Juice Fm, and fronts the health show for Diabetes.co.uk.
Musical Theatre Performer. Sarah’s theatre credits include Ensemble in 42nd Street (Drury Lane, London), Sally Simpson in Tommy the Rock Opera (Winter Gardens, Blackpool), various pantomimes including Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Windsor), Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty (Towngate Theatre, Basildon) and Cinderella (Regents Theatre, Ipswich). Sarah has worked in various dance schools teaching jazz, tap, ballet, musical theatre, singing and commercial.
Carole has directed/choreographed in over 30 of London’s West End Theatres and venues from La Cenerentola (Royal Opera House) to Dreamboats and Petticoats(Savoy, Playhouse and Wyndhams via Wild Oats at the National Theatre and Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Cambridge and Savoy). She has travelled the world many times with shows ranging from Starlight Express ( Japan, Australia) to Mikado
( LA, Australia) and has staged over 100 Corporate Shows performed from Iceland to the Bahamas. She has directed every pantomime subject including both Lily Savage and Jerry Hall in Snow White and Aladdin in Hebrew in Tel Aviv! She lives in central Brighton and has just been working on current tours of Dreamboats and Miniskirts and Jesus Christ Superstar
Professional Stage Manager and Arts educator for over 20 years. Experienced in stage management, set design and scenic art, costume design and creation, Art and Design, Textiles and Drama education. Can talk about/do sessions on: Stage Managing Set Design Music lessons - flute and beginners piano, learning to read music.
Lindsey is a Musical Director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, recently having worked on the Taming of The Shrew, As You Like It and Measure for Measure. She has played and MD’d several cast recordings and live cinema broadcasts for RSC. She has worked as a freelance Musical Director, Composer and Keyboard Programmer for over ten years.
Catherine has a BA (Hons) Acting from Italia Conti. Recent theatre credits include: Original London cast of Kinky Boots (Adelphi); Lynne in UK tour of Stepping Out; Rosie in Mamma Mia (RCCL), and Pat in the UK tour of Kinky Boots.
Tim has been working in the entertainment industry since 1995 - he trained as an actor. Credits include Into The Woods, Godspell, As You Like It and Assassins. He performed his solo show for seasons at Feinstein's 54 Below In NYC and Chicago. He created his comedy character Sister Mary and performed several season at Edinburgh and is in development with Free At Last TV. Recently he has written three plays and now has a literally agent. For over 10 years he produced the world premiere of When Harry Met Barry and Mathew Todd's Blowing Whistles. His work as a director includes Follies. Sweeney Todd, Maurice and several runs of the hit comedy show Newsrevue.
Patrick Ashe Patrick
Patrick is an actor and magician, based in Maidenhead. In 2016, his magic was featured on Britain’s Got Talent, prompting Simon Cowell to exclaim ‘that’s magic…’ when witnessing his act. His recent credits include ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (Shakespeare’s Globe) and ‘The Soldier’s Tale (Royal Academy of Music). He is also very interested in comedy, especially fusing magic and stand up together, and cannot wait to work with you all via the magic of technology!
Trained at London Studio Centre, Zoe has worked all over the world on various cruise ships and for Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi. Her Dance Captain credits include: The England Tap Team, Fastlove (UK Tour), Lego Friends To The Rescue (Legoland) and, most recently, the wonderful Aladdin at Theatre Royal Windsor.
FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS CARDS
For the last few months the Kevin Cruise Foundation has been working with local artist, Siobhan Tilley of Happy Days Studio, to create a beautiful new card to help raise money this Christmas season.
Not only has this watercolour painting been created and kindly gifted, but the print & production costs of these cards were generously funded by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge.
Because of this, 100% of card sales will go towards purchasing pantomime tickets for sick children & disadvantaged families, children in care & hard-working volunteers in the local area this Christmas.
Martin Cabble-Reid founded the charity last year and had this to say about the card. "We wanted a Christmas Card that embraced everything we are about at Christmas: theatre, pantomime, children, festivities and lots of colour. We are over the moon with what Siobhan has created and can’t wait to share the joy with everyone!"
The cards will be available in packs of 10, including envelopes. They will be available to buy at this October's Charity Gala, then online through the Kevin Cruise Foundation website.
"I was delighted to be asked, to design a Christmas card for the Kevin Cruise Foundation," says Siobhan. "It is such a wonderful charity and working with Martin, has been an absolute pleasure and lots of fun! It’s a lovely feeling to know that something I have created will help raise money for the Kevin Cruise Foundation, which in turn, will put smiles on so many children’s faces."
For more information, quotes and photographs please call 07791073821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Bridge School - Term 3
Wednesday 12th June we started our new workshop and this term it's...PUPPETRY! A whole new class will learn this wonderful art form. Children will learn to co-operate when working in small groups and to produce their own puppet play including jokes, song, acting and dialogue. This is a great way to introduce performing arts and gaining self-confidence to the children. We will be introducing finger, hand & string puppets with the children making their own sock puppets for a final performance in a few weeks.
Forest Bridge School - Term 2
In May we continued our work at Forest Bridge School, Maidenhead. This was our second term of workshops and we taught the Maple class magic tricks over a four week period. In the last week they performed the tricks they had learnt and the whole school was treated to a show by local magician, Magic Mark. We gifted the school the magic tricks for future use.
Congratulations to everyone involved.
Forest Bridge School - Term 1
In February we started our Young People's project at Forest Bridge School, Maidenhead.
We have supplied & funded a teacher for a six week workshop to teach elements of performing arts, once a week with children that have special educational needs.
The children also learnt to play musical instruments which we gifted to the school
at the end of the six weeks. Here's a few pictures of the children (parents permission obtained) with their before and after t-shirts of many colours. In their final performance they will sing songs from the musical, Joseph.
We booked over 380 tickets for pantomime’s in the local borough of Windsor & Maidenhead last Christmas. These tickets were funded by the Kevin Cruise Foundation and distributed to over 15 Hospices, Charities, Foundations & Schools across three venues, Dick Whittington at Theatre Royal Windsor, Cinderella at Magnet Leisure Centre and Sleeping Beauty at Desborough Theatre, Maidenhead. We had some lovely photos and messages which we are in the process of uploading to the site .