Meet the Team
We have 13 staff on duty at our Colchester Saturday schools to ensure each and every student receives the best possible tuition. All staff have musical theatre experience and are Enhanced DBS (formely CRB) checked in line with our Child Protection Policy
Sally Fisher – BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, PGCE (Masters Level), FdA Musical Theatre, A.I.S.T.D. – Principal
Sally trained at Ivy Baker School of Dance and Dance Foundation gaining her dance qualifications including her ISTD Associate in Modern Theatre Dance. She also trained with University Centre Colchester to gain her BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre and her PGCE in education, gaining Qualified Teacher Status in 2010. Since completing her degree Sally has been a professional actress appearing in a variety of shows and adverts including her favourite role of Fairy Godmother at the Broadway Theatre in London.
Sally founded Theatricool in 2009 with the aim to provide high quality, part time, performing arts education to children in Colchester and the surrounding areas. She is a passionate educator believing firmly that children come first and their happiness and wellbeing is Theatricool's number one priority.
Sally is also Head of Drama at Littlegarth School.
Leah Scott – BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, PGCE – Deputy Principal – Head of Upper School
Leah started her training at Carolyn's School of Dance taking numerous exams where she won many awards including 'Dancer of the Year' in Disco Freestyle. To broaden her dance training and performance knowledge she attended Tiffany Stage Academy where she studied ISTD Tap, Modern and Jazz. Leaving school Leah then went on to study Musical Theatre at University Centre Colchester gaining a Diploma with triple distinction and a BA (Hons) Degree in Musical Theatre.
Leah continued her studies at Essex University and gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and has worked as a qualified dance lecturer in the Further Education sector ever since. She has choreographed numerous dance shows, castings and professional events and enjoys seeing her choreographic visions become reality on stage. Leah is currently studying to gain her ISTD DDI teaching qualification so that she can offer specialised dance training in modern theatre dance at Theatricool in the near future. Leah has worked at Theatricool since it opened its doors back in 2009 and has enjoyed every minute of it! She has watched the school flourish and produce confident young performers who share the same enthusiasm for performing arts as she does! She cannot wait to see what the future holds and what other exciting opportunities are on the horizon for the school
INTRODUCING OUR PATRON
Antony is honoured to be Patron for Theatricool and has recently celebrated 25 years in Show-Business. When not being "theatrical", Antony dedicates any free time towards supporting individuals with mental health conditions within the entertainment industry and beyond.
Antony is Executive Producer at APL Theatre based in London’s West End and a highly regarded theatre consultant. Antony is a mentor for the Mercury Creatives Programme and recently became a Trustee for Theatre in the Rough CIC and The Neverland Theatre, Skegness.
As Producer, Antony's forthcoming productions include: The Little Mermaid (UK National Tour), Viva Burlesque! (UK National Tour in association with Chocodolly), Rice & Peas (A new immersive play/West -Indian dining experience in association with Blouse & Skirt!), and inaugural UK national tours of critically acclaimed plays Absolute Certainty? (in association with Qweerdog), Lately (in association with Proforca Theatre) and a double bill of In The Shadow of the Black Dog and We Caught A Burglar! (in association with Daniel Hallisey).
Producer credits include: Death Drop (World Premiere, The Garrick Theatre, West End), Tonight at the London Coliseum (Streamed Concerts), Voice Box – Intimate Theatre, Direct to the Lens (Online Theatre Festival in association with At Swefn's Edge & Harlow Playhouse), 40 Pantomimes (venues include: Chatham, Fareham, Liverpool, Southport, Halifax, Peterborough, Harlow, Barnstaple, Helston, Newark, York, Whitley Bay, Ipswich, Maidstone, Worthing and Salford), Peter Pan–A New Musical (International Tour & Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne), Grease–The Musical (European Tour), Secret Santa: The Frost Files (World Premiere – Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne), The Canterville Ghost (International Tour), Rapunzel (UK National Tour), Romeo & Juliet (International Tour), Robin Hood (International Tour), The Hound of the Baskervilles (UK National Tour), Alice in Wonderland (UK Tour), A Midsummer Night's Dream (International Tour), Hamlet(European Tour), Alice in Wonderland (European Tour), The Wizard of Oz (UK Tour), The Lost Dragon (Harlow Playhouse), King Arthur’s Kitchen (USA Tour), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Harlow Playhouse/UK Tour), Judy & Liza (UK Tour), The Snow Queen (UK Tour), The Ugly Duckling (UK Tour), Treasure Island (UK Tour), Barry Manilow’s Copacabana (Harlow Playhouse/UK Tour), Peter Pan–A Rock Musical (European Tour), Boris & Ingrid (UK & International Tour in association with Mercury Theatre Colchester), An Ideal Husband (European Tour), Pride & Prejudice (European Tour), The Wizard of Oz (European Tour), The Shakespeare Review (Litchfield Garrick), Your Nation Loves You (Delirium/Old Vic).
Directorial credits include: Rapunzel (UK National Tour), Robin Hood (International Tour), The Hound of the Baskervilles (UK National Tour), What Are They Like? (Warwick Arts Centre), Pride & Prejudice (European Tour), Snoopy–The Musical, Avenue Q, Me & My Girl (Jersey Opera House), Cinderella (Harlow Playhouse), Peter Pan–A New Musical (International Tour), The Lost Dragon (Harlow Playhouse), Cinderella (York Barbican), Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations (Jersey Arts Centre), Accidents Happen (Tristan Bates, London), Stage by Stage (UK Tour), Grimm Tales (Jersey Arts Centre), Divas (UK Tour), Macbeth (Regional Tour), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unity Theatre, Liverpool).
Theatre includes: Sherlock Holmes (The Hound of the Baskervilles) The Knight of Biscay (Don Quixote), George (His Fragile Mind), Terisius (Antigone), George (Stop Giving Me Grief), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Demetrius/Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Cardinal Richelieu (The Three Musketeers), Stuart (Gosforth’s Fete), Giovanni (Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!), Graham (Fine Wine & Pringles at the Café Belgrade), Macbeth (Macbeth), Hugo (No Horizon), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Meg Long (Our Country’s Good), Ratty (The Wind in the Willows) and Saturninus (Titus Andronicus).
Television & Film includes: The Legacy (Suffolk Mind), The Undateables Christmas Special (Channel 4), Strictly Come Dancing – Christmas Special (BBC), Brookside (Mersey TV), Liverpool One (Lime Productions), And the Beat Goes On (Channel 4), David Copperfield (BBC Films), The Bill (Talkback Thames), In His Life (MBC), Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions), Fan & Friend (ITV).
Musical Theatre Includes: Professor Callaghan (Legally Blonde – Jersey Opera House), Edna Turnblad (Hairspray –Dubai), Roscoe (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens – Criterion West End), Dr. Frederick Chilton (Silence! The Musical -European Premiere), Friar Lawrence (Romeo & Juliet The Musical - UK Tour), Polonius (Hamlet-UK & International Tour), Gonzalo (The Tempest -UK & International Tour), Quince/Egeus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream - UK & International Tour), Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland), Caspius (The Wizard of Oz ~ Beyond the Rainbow - UK Tour), Kaa the Snake (The Jungle Book), King Midas (Myth & Legend), Reverend Barker (The Retribution) and Fagin (Oliver!).
Audio recordings include: Dr Who – 'Cold Vengeance' The Tenth Doctor Series (Big Finish).
Writing credits: Pantomime adaptations of Cinderella, Aladdin, Snow White, The Snow Queen, Treasure Island, Robin Hood, Rapunzel, Peter Pan, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, a dramatic adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, world premiere production of Secret Santa: The Frost Files. Dramatic adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, The Canterville Ghost, Pride & Prejudice and An Ideal Husband (International touring–English speaking). Antony has also adapted JM Barrie’s Peter Pan into a new musical for international tour.
Pantomime at The Mercury: Yootha Twankey in Aladdin, Kylie Hard-Up in Cinderella (Winner of 2020 Best Ugly Sisters - Great British Pantomime Awards), Dotty Trotty in Jack & the Beanstalk, Nurse Nellie in Snow White (Nominated for Best Dame - Great British Pantomime Awards), Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington and Widow Twankey in Aladdin.
Other Pantomime credits: Ugly Sister in Cinderella (Southport Arts Centre, Crosby Civic Hall, Rhyl Pavilion Theatre, Royal Court Liverpool, Victoria Theatre Halifax, Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone, The Cresset Peterborough, Camberley Arts Theatre, Central Theatre Chatham, Queen's Theatre Barnstaple, Harlow Playhouse), Dolly Mixture in Snow White (Royal Court Liverpool, Central Theatre Chatham), Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington (Royal Court Liverpool) Nurse in Sleeping Beauty (Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple), Widow Twankey in Aladdin (Neptune Theatre Liverpool, Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple, The Palace Theatre, Newark).
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Craig Mather - BA (Hons) Music - Singing Coach and Acting School Leader
Craig has a host of West End credentials to his name including Marius in Les Miserables and Mole in Wind in the Willows. He is a popular favourite at Colchester Mercury Theatre recently starring in the acclaimed new musical "Pieces of String" and played Jack in "Jack and the Beanstalk" He is also a regular at their Musical Theatre Singalongs. Craig is part of the Barricade Boys and is touring with them this year.
Craig trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy in London and we are thrilled he is part of our Theatricool team.
Sam Bailey – Senior Tutor
Sam has a BA(Hons) First Class Degree in Musical Theatre from University Centre Colchester.
Since graduating Sam has gone on to perform professionally. Credits include ‘Pop Factor’ where was lead vocalist and dancer and also performed in the lead roles in ‘Peter Pan’ at The Embassy Theatre in Skegness and The Majestic Theatre in Retford. He also starred in three new London musical productions – ‘My Land’s Shore’ at The Old Rose and Crown Theatre, ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’ at Upstairs at the Gatehouse and ‘Fatbusters The Musical’ at St. Giles in the Fields. Sam is also part of the successful ‘Frankie’s Guys’ who tour and gig all over the country with their Frankie Valli show. Sam has appeared twic in panto as "Peter Pan" and is currently in the West End production of Dirty Dancing.
Sarah Lloyd– BA (Hons) Musical Theatre – Senior Tutor and Assistant Director
Having studied a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre at University Centre Colchester, Sarah has a wealth of experience as a dance specialist.
Sarah has appeared professionally in the film "London Road" and at The Mercury Theatre Colchester in a number of Pantomimes.
Millie Gould -Musical Theatre Tutor
Millie is currently in training at Performers College.
She recently appeared professionally as Cinderella in Pantomime in Spalding
.........More to follow.
Sarah Suckling A.I.S.T.D. (Dip), L.L.A.M - Head of Pre-Juniors and Wardrobe Mistress
Sarah trained at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London where she gained her teaching qualifications. She then danced professionally on tour throughout Europe to gain her Equity Status. Sarah has worked doing Theatre in Education touring schools in the south of England, Professional Pantomimes in Sheffield and Leeds and in the holidays bouncing around stage as ‘Henry’s Cat’. She started Teaching in 1990 and had her own school in Ipswich for 10 years. She now teaches Ballet , Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre to over 150 students a week and is Speech and Drama Teacher at Littlegarth School. Sarah is delighted to be a part of the Theatricool team, the enthusiasm and fun the children bring each week is contagious. She says she loves making the costumes just to see the children’s faces when they first try them on, characters and shows come alive, all the hard work is worth it for that one moment alone.