West End Kids

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West End Kids

AUDITIONS  |  FREE TASTERS  |  RESUME  |  ALUMNI  |  WATCH WEK  |  TESTIMONIALS  |  FAQ  |  MEET TROUPE

Parent Testimonials

Samantha Silsby

"Accepting a place in the West End Kids Troupe was the best decision we could have made for Megan. We have seen such a huge improvement in her in the last eight months, and she has the most incredible time with a team that’s more like a family. She enjoys every second! It is extremely hard work. Martin and Emma bring out the best in the whole troupe and the performances are outstanding - you can see the hard work and dedication that goes into every piece of choreography. The Summer Intensive was a brilliant week too, and helped Meg improve in aspects of her dance and performance."

Samantha Silsby
Parent of Megan Silsby

Samantha Silsby
Parent of Megan Silsby

Annie Gaudencio

"The best decision Georgie ever made was to attend a WEK workshop audition six years ago “just for experience”. Since then WEK has been her world; she has been taught and encouraged by Emma and Martin in every possible way to develop the skills and attitude needed to succeed as an MT performer. The training is tough but fantastic - as are the amazing performance opportunities once in Troupe. WEK is a musical theatre family like no other and we cannot recommend them highly enough. It has made, and is continuing to make, Georgie the performer she is today."

Annie Gaudencio
Parent of Georgie Gaudencio

Annie Gaudencio
Parent of Georgie Gaudencio

Sandie Gillam

"West End Kids has been the absolute making of my daughter!
She applied to two performing arts schools and, after a year in WEK: Training, was offered a place at both! Thanks so much!
We didn’t know what WEK was when Georgia first auditioned! She’s never looked back!
As a parent, I can’t speak highly enough of WEK and the work ethic they teach to their Training Teams and to Troupe."

Sandie Gillam
Parent of Georgia Gillam

Sandie Gillam
Parent of Georgia Gillam

Tracey Albery

When Paige found WEK we, as parents, were skeptical due to the financial commitment but it turned out to be the most important stepping stone for the Performing Arts College path and ultimately securing a scholarship at Laine. For Paige, they brought out her love and passion for musical theatre and boosted her confidence, independence and performing ability. THANK YOU Emma and Martin (WEK) we have loved, enjoyed and are thankful for the WEK journey.

Tracey Albery
Parent of Paige Albery (WEK: Training and West End Kids)

Tracey Albery
Parent of Paige Albery (WEK: Training and West End Kids)

Victoria Meaden

Yasmine has been in WEK: Training for almost 2 years and in that time we have watched her grow with your guidance both in confidence and ability. She has absolutely loved every minute she has spent with West End Kids and has been very proud to be part of the Company. She has without a doubt learnt so much with your exceptional dance training and vocal coaching. As parents we have been delighted with the training you have given our daughter and will highly recommend West End Kids. 

Victoria Meaden
Parent of Yasmine Meaden (WEK: Training)

Victoria Meaden
Parent of Yasmine Meaden (WEK: Training)

Julia McClung

West End Kids has become a way of life for Katie. In her first year at WEK she performed at the o2, the Royal Albert Hall, West End LIVE and 3 WEK Revues. West End Kids has taken her to a new level. I am so grateful to WEK for teaching her the correlation between hard work and success at such a young age. I have been amazed by the transformation I have seen since she joined WEK.

Julia McClung
Parent of Katie McClung, (West End Kids)

Julia McClung
Parent of Katie McClung, (West End Kids)

Sheena Service

I could never put into words that would justify how she has progressed since joining WEK.

Sheena Service
Parent of Annie Service

Sheena Service
Parent of Annie Service

Julie Cox

As parents of a young male performer we have found what sets West End Kids apart is its unique approach in preparing him in his pursuit for a career in performing arts and the rigors of the industry ahead

Julie Cox
Parent of Haydn Cox (West End Kids)

Julie Cox
Parent of Haydn Cox (West End Kids)

Debra Fearns

WEK enables Hannah and other talented children to work hard, be pushed and continually improve performances. Being a member of WEK is like being part of a family of like-minded youngster who are prepared to work hard and enjoy being stretched to continually improve.

Deborah Fearns
Parent of Hannah Fearns (West End Kids)

Deborah Fearns
Parent of Hannah Fearns (West End Kids)

Debbie Hull

Every week that she goes to West End Kids we are more and more impressed with the professionalism and extremely high calibre of teaching. These people really care about the kids and are determined to help each one fully reach their potential.

Debbie Hull
Parent of Holly-Anne Hull (West End Kids)

Debbie Hull
Parent of Holly-Anne Hull (West End Kids)

Andrew & Lesley Tinker

West End Kids has been very good for Lucy. It has taught her that it is not just talent that is needed to achieve but a lot of hard work and dedication.

Andrew & Lesley Tinker
Parents of Lucy Tinker (WEK: Training & West End Kids)

Andrew & Lesley Tinker
Parents of Lucy Tinker (WEK: Training & West End Kids)

Lynsey Walton

Thank you so much.... Katie seems to have her mojo back! WEKs team support has really touched Katey and made her realise that friendship is just as important as dancing well. You don't have to choose between the two. We could really see her singing and performance is starting to really shine through. Thank you.

Lynsey Walton
Parent of Katey Walton (WEK: Training)

Lynsey Walton
Parent of Katey Walton (WEK: Training)

Professional Testimonials

West End LIVE!

"I have to say, West End Kids didn't look out of place among the likes of Mamma Mia, Chicago and the rest. They might have been billed as the stars of tomorrow, but these kids are clearly already stars. Yet again, they produced a classy, tight and punchy performance.

Mish Toshzegi
West End Live

Mish Toshzegi
West End Live

Hamleys

"I don't know where to begin with thanking you... you guys were incredible and all the performers are an absolute credit to you. We would welcome you back with open arms next year."

Grant Yuill
Hamleys of London

Grant Yuill
Hamleys of London

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP

"West End Kids were absolutely brilliant - undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year’s Dream Ball!"

Hatton Garden

"Thank you so much for being part of the Glittering Hatton Garden event. WEK were AMAZING!! So many people have complimented the professionalism and quality of the performers. You played a very important part in making last night a success, so thank you once again."

Kate Hart
Hatton Garden BID

Kate Hart
Hatton Garden BID

Kids OUT

"Martin, WEKs were absolutely brilliant – what a set they did and the entrance to the Ball could not have been better."

Gordon Moulds CBE
CEO, Kids Out

Victoria Meaden
Parent of Yasmine Meaden (WEK: Training)

Sparks Children's Charity

"Thank you so much for bringing the kids along, they were brilliant and they really added a certain something special to the event which we didn’t have last year. They were completely professional and performed beautifully as always! "

Sophie Eaton
Sparks Children's Charity

Sophie Eaton
Sparks Children's Charity

Bond Street Christmas Lights

Thank you very much indeed for bringing your brilliant West End Kids to Bond Street last week. They added to the entertainment in a most excellent way.

Penny Kennedy Scott
Bond Street Association

Penny Kennedy Scott
Bond Street Association

CLIC Sargent

A huge thank you for your wonderful performance! I actually managed to see it this year (!) and was overwhelmed at how talented the West End Kids are – it really was a magical performance and please pass my thanks onto the team for me.

Alice Pink
Clic Sargent

Alice Pink
Clic Sargent

Mansion House

The group were fantastic and I thought the costumes and choreography were inspired! The kids had a wonderful energy and enthusiasm and the finale was spine-tingling. Really amazing to think you put it all together in a matter of weeks!

Florian Schweizer
Dickens Museum

Florian Schweizer
Dickens Museum

M&IT Awards

Thank you so much, the kids were brilliant and we’ve had good feedback about their performance. Thank you for working in the tight conditions, and say well done to Emma for making it work!

Ellie McLeod
Save The Children

Ellie McLeod
Save The Children

Westminster Palace

West End Kids were selected to represent the stars of the future, performing in the stunning Westminster Hall for 500 Members of Parliament and dignitaries from across the Commonwealth. They performed a 30 minute set of popular musical theatre including songs from Sister Act and We Will Rock You.

Eleanor Bayley
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Centennial Banquet

Eleanor Bayley
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Centennial Banquet

Student Testimonials

Elizabeth Rowlands

"When I joined WEK, I had no experience or confidence in performing. After a lot of hard work and training with Martin and Emma, I made my way up to Troupe and have now gained a place at Urdang Academy.
During my time at WEK I've made some great friendships and had some amazing live performance experiences.
Thanks to WEK, I am now ready to pursue my career in the Performing Arts."

Elizabeth Rowlands
Performer

Elizabeth Rowlands
Performer

Vicky Sheldon

One of the luckiest moments of my life was when I attended the WEK auditions. I felt unmotivated at my local theatre school. I wanted a professional environment, proper training & some one to push me, all of which I found at WEK!

Vicky Sheldon
West End Kids (2006 - 2009)

Vicky Sheldon
West End Kids (2006 - 2009)

Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP

West End Kids has given me opportunities I had only dreamt about. To think that in just a year I've performed at Royal Albert Hall, West End LIVE, Camp Bestival, Common People, Great Ormond Street, OnBlackheath, Move IT, Chelsea Flower Show and the Queen's 90th Birthday amongst loads of festivals and charity performances is unbelievable.
I think WEK has transformed me into a much stronger, matured and determined performer and I will always be thankful to Martin and Emma for everything they do for me. I don't think I'll ever be able to explain how muchWEK means to me and how beneficial the whole experience has been!
West End Kids is a very professional company but is so welcoming - we're just one big family! 🙂

Morgan Sadler
West End Kids (2015+)

Morgan Sadler
West End Kids (2015+)

Miranda Spencer-Pearson

I first found out about WEK because I saw a girl in a local amateur production who was clearly a cut above the rest! I found out she was a part of WEK. Their professionalism is simply outstanding. They cut no corners in any aspect of our training... they push you to the max on everything.
One thing about WEK is that you can only enjoy it to its full potential if you learn your dances and harmonies. The harder you work, the faster you climb the ranks. Local places don't care who is the best, to be honest. WEK gives those who work hardest the promotions and opportunities. One quote Martin told me a few years ago that I will never forget is 'Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard enough.'
It doesn't matter how far away you live, WEK is worth any sacrifice. If you want to be pushed above and beyond anything you can imagine, WEK is the place.

Miranda Spencer-Pearson
WEK: Training (2013 - 2016)

Miranda Spencer-Pearson
WEK: Training (2013 - 2016)

Tricia Wilkins

I wouldn't have been offered a full-time place at Urdang Academy without WEK. WEK taught me how to prepare for an audition (which is absolutely key) and had given me a clear insight in to what a typical day on a full-time vocational course would be like. Auditions were a regular thing at WEK, especially leading up to our termly revues. This helped me to battle my nerves when singing at my drama school auditions, as I was much more used to the process and the pressure of the audition days.
WEK has definitely been a great step on the ladder to a career in the arts. It has helped me to keep driven, taught me to invest in myself, to prepare for auditions and to stay focused. Whilst training with WEK I gained confidence in all three disciplines, and noticed a dramatic improvement in my vocal range and technique. WEK revealed a performer in me that I hadn't seen before and I wouldn't have been offered a full-time place at Urdang Academy without their help”

Tricia Wilins
West End Kids (2012-2013)

Tricia Wilins
West End Kids (2012-2013)

Victoria Meaden
Parent of Yasmine Meaden (WEK: Training)

Joe Thompson-Oubari

Auditioning for WEK was the best decision I ever made and I can’t even begin to explain how much I’m going to miss it. It sure has been an amazing 4 and a half years!

Joe Thompson-Oubari
West End Kids (2010 - 2014)

Joe Thompson-Oubari
West End Kids (2010 - 2014)

Amber Lloyd

I had the most incredible time at West End Kids. WEK introduced me to the intensity of training I needed to prepare for my current course studying a triple award in Musical Theatre, and for auditions for professional stage schools in London, where I have just had offers from Urdang, Performers and Bird. WEK was an incredible stepping stone and learning experience.

Amber Lloyd
West End Kids (2012-2013)

Amber Lloyd
West End Kids (2012-2013)

Louise Elson

I love how different WEK is from your average weekend musical theatre school. We're constantly being pushed in new ways with new exciting challenges and no matter how old you are, you're treated like a professional. Plus everyone is so lovely, I've made some of the best friends I could ever ask for.

Louise Elson
WEK: Training (2013 - Present)

Louise Elson
WEK: Training (2013 - Present)

Pari Shahmir

Working with WEK teaches you so much about the industry and the amount of drive, dedication and hard work that you need to succeed within it!

Pari Shahmir
West End Kids & WEK: Training (2010 - 2013)

Pari Shahmir
West End Kids & WEK: Training (2010 - 2013)

Vicky Hull

WEK is the only company I know that does very challenging dances & sings at the same time, which is true musical theatre. No matter how old you are in WEK you work like a professional. WEK has helped me to have the stamina to get through the long days, and how to perform to a professional standard & also to have a positive professional attitude

Millie Caffull
West End Kids & WEK: Training (2009 -2011)

Millie Caffull
West End Kids & WEK: Training (2009 -2011)

Millie Caffull

Joining WEK is probably the best thing I've ever done. I could tell from my first session that I was going to have a lot of fun, and learn a lot. And I was right!

Millie Caffull
West End Kids & WEK: Training (2009 -2011)

Millie Caffull
West End Kids & WEK: Training (2009 -2011)

Holly Beaumont

WEK has improved me in almost every aspect of my performance, especially singing, and it has taught me how important it is to tell a story when you are performing. It has also given me an insight in to what it's going to be like in the performing arts industry which is where I think WEK is really unique - you get treated like true professionals. This makes us all so close as a group, we all work so hard and the hard work really pays off.

Holly Beaumont
West End Kids (2009 - 2013)

Holly Beaumont
West End Kids (2009 - 2013)

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