Wednesday, 29 April 2015

April's Celebrated Client

Happy Birthday LKSA

This months featured, associated business is in fact a congratulations rather than a thank you!

Happy 1st birthday to Lucy Kates Star AcademyCongratulations Lucy! We are very proud of what you have achieved in such a short space of time and look forward to supporting you further into the future.

Manic Stage Productions have the great pleasure and privilege of being patrons to this fabulous local dance school "LKSA" founded by one of our professional performers. We have watched this new dance school grow and flourish over the past year and love to see the young stars gaining in confidence and ability so quickly.

For those of you that are interested in either adult dance classes for fitness and fun or a friendly and inclusive array of classes for children from school age up then LKSA really is the right choice for you.

Lucy Kate Star Academy provides fun and technical dance training to budding stars of all ages! There are currently dance and performing arts lessons in Portsmouth, Southsea and Bedhampton.

Lucy Kate has much experience in both performing and teaching and loves passing on her knowledge and love of dance to her students! Her performing career took her to 5 continents and has given her a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of the performing arts. Her exciting credits include Top of the Pops, P&O Cruise Lines, Galaxy Macau China, Dubai Shopping Festival Musicals Show and Solverde Casinos.
She is of course CRB checked and ISTD trained.

Lucy Kate has been a part of the Manic Stage Production performance team right from our very 1st years and has performed hundreds of times with the team and taught many of our classes. 

She says "Having the opportunity to teach classes for Manic Stage Productions certainly gave me lots of experience and helped me gain the confidence I needed to pursue my teaching ability. It is with thanks to Nicole and Matt for their experience and support that I made the decision to follow my dreams and open my own dance school. Manic Stage Productions encouraged me to do so and pledged to be an active patron to my new school Lucy Kate Star Academy. It is simply because of their support that I am really growing as a school. They help promote my classes and create opportunities for my young students that I could not have gained without them. 
Alongside running my own dance school with their support, it is so great to still be able to go to dance class with Manic every week and continue to develop as a performer with them too.

Contact Lucy Kate for more info

Manic Stage Productions are available for any event big or small. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information

Monday, 20 April 2015



Manic Stage Productions are so excited to share with you our latest new performance piece produced for our newest client 'Amazing Venues'! This fabulous contract starts with our debut theme on board which featured at the venues grand opening of 'No Man's Fort!'


Saturday 4th April saw 10 of Manic's talented team take to the seas for their opening night of 'Fort Du SOLEIL' on board No Man's.  The team consisting of stunning aerial acts, daring fire dancers, poi artists, dancers, singers and sky high stilt walkers!
With a whole host of entertainment packed into one luxury night the guests where in for a brilliant treat of professional bespoke entertainment and performances!

To welcome the guests on board they were greeted by champagne and our stunning stilt walkers. As they entered the beautiful glass roofed atrium they were wowed by the amazing space before heading off to explore the many special sights of this exclusive venue and what it had to offer!

In keeping with our take on 'Cirque Du SOLEIL' our team were dressed in silver and blue hand painted catsuits with huge silver pleated wings for that eye catching effect! You certainly couldn't miss them and set a great first impression for all the guests.

One the sun set we kicked of the show and our team performed the 1st themed medley featuring music, lights, smoke and of course our specialist skills!  Our dancers showed off their creative choreography and our aerialist were showcased throughout! Wowing the crowds the aerial hoop and silks were certainly the highlight receiving rapturous applause, the guests seemed to be blown away by the talent! It was a great way to begin the night and keep everyone excited for what was to come.

Next up the guests were seated for a delightful dinner where they heard our beautiful singer between courses. Her song choices really complimented the atmosphere and gave everyone a treat in between eating their delicious 4 course meal. She was joined by our dazzling dancers dressed top to toe in sequins adding
 some of our usual Manic sparkle.

We finished the evening with something quite spectacular! After dinner and before the guests danced the night away in the on board nightclub they eagerly awaited the much anticipated FIRE SHOW! 

Back in the atrium the scene was set with a layer of atmospheric smoke and views of the night sky through the glass ceiling our team took to the stage once more to give the guests a final show to remember!

Beginning with fire palms our medley started with 4 girls performing a routine with high flames and beautiful choreography. The songs and music where cleverly picked to add to the action and our medley started to progress as the team performed breathtaking fire stunts, including body burning and fire breathing!

The elegant wings featured once more with dancers breaking up the medley and hiding our fire dancer as she appeared with amazing fans to create yet another spectacular routine! 

Swinging fire around their heads, in the splits, over their bodies and into their mouths the spectators really couldn't believe their eyes. We finished with an incredible fire breathing act joined by all of the team on stage with hula hoop, poi, palms, sticks, wings and dancers which as you can imagine was a truly magnificent finale and a fantastic image for all of the guests to take away with them!! 

We had such an amazing time on board at No Man's and enjoyed the boat trip home ready and raring for our next two 'Fort Du SOLEIL' performances later this month!

Tickets are already selling fast and there are hundreds of guests ready to enjoy our next performances and we can't wait to be back on board to showcase what we have! 
Take a look at the website to see more pictures and read some more information about booking your places, we look forward to seeing you all there!!

For bespoke tailored entertainment for all occasions big or small do not hesitate to contact us!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Manic April Member of the Month - Lucy

Manic Member of the Month

Every month we like to shout about one of our fabulous team members and this month we introduce you to .....

Lucy Penketh

Read on to hear what she has been up to as a professional performer and where it all began!

When did you start dancing?

I first started dancing at the age of 2 when I went along to a baby ballet class where my grandmother was an assistant teacher, I then moved on to learning tap, jazz singing and drama. I was very quickly bitten by the dancing bug, attending many classes a week to achieve my grades aswell as take part in local festivals and national competitions. Winning the British Arts Awards All Round Performer at their finals in London.

Where and when did you continue your training professionally?

After I had been to college and completed my A Levels I knew I wanted a career in the dance industry, I was accepted into Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, in which I completed a 3 year National Diploma Course in Professional Dance graduating in 2012. I was taught a lot of about the industry as well as furthering my dance training to the best it could be. Since then I have danced in a Cyprus, been in Bollywood Films, music videos and the MTV awards in India. Also a James Bond stunt show in Paris and Cruised Asia among many other destinations!

What are you currently doing?

I have recently been away with Costa Cruises, cruising Japan, Korea and China on the Costa Victoria. I have decided to have a summer at home after being away almost continuously since graduating in 2012. I am currently rehearsing with Manic Stage Productions and am very excited to be part of their 'Amazing Venues' Solent Forts team. Its so great to be performing constantly with the Manic Team, at various events and venues with such great local talent!

How long have you been part of Manic?

I started in 2013 with Manic and had my first gig within 2 weeks of joining! A scary but great experience! Since then in between contracts I have had the pleasure of doing a wide variety of gigs events and shows with the Manic team. From dancing with Sinitta to being a stilt walking leprechaun each event is well thought out rehearsed and delivered to a high professional standard, which I am extremely proud to be part of.

Do you have a Manic Highlight?

There have been many highlights with Manic! I look forward to class each week as everyone is so friendly and works really hard, but my main highlight would be the recent Fort du Soleil which we performed on No Man's Land Fort just last week. It was an incredible experience from start to finish, with the boat ride over to having a tour of the venue, then performing almost 3 seperate shows to enetertain the guests, with fire dancing, aerialists and some great singing! I cant wait to go back!!

What are your plans for the future?

I am always looking for new and exciting experiences and performance opportunities so who knows where my dance career will take me! I guess thats another reason I love it so much, as every week, month and year is so different!

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