July 21, 2017 // Franchising.com // Make Believe Worldwide Ltd are moving their Head Office premises to London’s iconic borough of Newham and home of the London 2012 Olympics, The Stratford Circus Theatre.
The ever-growing company has had a very successful year with more and more schools opening in the UK and Australia and the MB Talent agency gaining huge roles for children throughout the network, it was only a matter of time before Make Believe needed a new home and what a better place than this fantastic venue.
Make Believe started working with the Theatre 13 years ago and now students of Make Believe across the network will have access to the facilities there, including the opening of a new school based there in September.
Founded by Joel Kern in 2004 Make Believe have 50 schools in and around London, Australia and most recently Manchester, teaching youngsters the basic skills in the performing arts. Kern, who started Make Believe aged 15 by teaching five students to sing, dance and act, has seen the company grow into one of the most exciting performing arts companies with around 3500 children enjoying the after-school classes on a weekly basis. And with a raft of talent coming out of the Make Believe Talent Agency (including youngsters landing roles in West end Musicals, TV shows and adverts) the future is looking very bright for the Ilford-based producer who won the Federation of Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the year for South East England award.
Joel said: “To have Make Believe operate out of a venue that has been such a significant part of the company’s history is a dream come true! The guys here are awesome and to now have the opportunity to offer what we do within another community is amazing!”
Make Believe Stratford will be run by Principals Ray Strasser-King and Carerra Dixon-Baker who have been running the Crystal Palace branch for a year and has been a huge success.
Carerra said: “Being a proud East Londoner it gives me so much joy being able to open a school in Stratford! The area is buzzing with talent, something I'm all too familiar with having danced for dance groups in Stratford myself. I can't wait to get started and provide more opportunities for young people in the arts!"
Ray said: “I can't even put into words how excited I am to start this school. As an actor, I have performed at Stratford Circus myself, so it's amazing that I am able to return but this time around being a principal of a Performing Arts school. I know there is so much talent in this area and I can't wait to discover it with Make Believe."
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