ROS StageWorks Summer School

Visit the ROS StageWorks site for information about regular theatre workshops…

ROS StageWorks sessions run at Douay Martyrs School, Ickenham…


We’ve had a great time.


Summer School will not run in 2018,

but for information about regular Saturday morning theatre workshops,

go to the ROS StageWorks site via the button on the top right of this page.




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Following the success of ROS StageWorks, the regular Saturday morning theatre workshop that started in September 2003, it was an obvious move to hold a week-long event. After months of planning, Summer School launched in 2006. The school lasts for 8 days, during which time some 55 students, aged from 8 to 18, meet daily to rehearse a musical show that’s staged at the Winston Churchill Theatre. Over the years we have performed Half a Sixpence, The Ragged Child, The Pirates of Penzance, Blitz!Fiddler on the Roof Jr, Oklahoma!, Fame Jr, Music Man Jr, Beauty & the Beast Jr, Seussical Jr and High School Musical Jr.

Summer School students have a lot of fun working together to create a terrific production. We double-cast some principal roles to allow as many people as possible to play speaking parts, but everyone is a vitally important player in the show. The final performances are hugely exciting; everyone looks forward to them.

You won’t need any previous experience of stage or performance work to take part. However, to get the most out of the week you will need to be able to concentrate and have lots of energy, stamina and enthusiasm.

We welcome applications from anyone aged 8 to 18 and operate a first-come, first-served selection policy for Summer School. That said, we do need to achieve a balance of boys and girls and a range of ages in order to be able to cast the show, so if you fall into a range that is full, we’ll put your name on a reserve list. It’s important to remember, however, that students sometimes drop out as Summer School week approaches, and if that happens we’ll be delighted to offer you a place.

About one month before the school, you’ll receive a script and CD of the music for the selected show, together with audition extracts and character notes explaining exactly what the auditions will involve. We’ll issue a detailed timetable of exactly how the week is planned; our students are expected to attend every day as there’s so much to learn and rehearse.

Students get a uniform T-shirt to wear each day, plus a diploma and a show programme to keep as mementos. When Summer School is over, they can buy a cd of photos taken throughout the week.

NEWS 2024

  • 18 Aug         HSM Jr NODA Review
  • 29 Feb         High School Musical Jr
  • 04 Feb         2016 Launch Event
  • 07 Oct         Seussical Review
  • 29 Jun         BATB wins YOUNGSTARS Award
  • 23 Jun         Seussical Box Office Open


18 August HSM Jr NODA Review

Click on the link to read the HighSchoolMusical_NODA_Report

29 February High School Musical Jr

This year’s Summer School production is the fun-filled High School Musical Jr. From 23rd July, we’ll spend 8 days preparing for two fully-staged shows at the Winston Churchill Theatre in Ruislip on Saturday 30th July.

There are just a few places left, so call 07789 900048 or email very soon to get an application form.

04 February 2016 Launch Event

Saturday February 27th is the date of this year’s Summer School launch. If you were a student at last year’s school or you’re currently attending StageWorks, you’re invited to meet up with everyone in St Mary’s Hall, Haydon School at 1pm, to hear all the exciting plans for July’s Summer School and pick up an application pack.


07 October Seussical Review

The NODA representative who came to see Seussical enjoyed the production very much.


Read his report here;  Seussical NODA Report

29 June BATB wins YOUNGSTARS Award

Each June NODA London holds an awards ceremony – the ‘OSCARS’ of the amateur world! One of the awards is the YOUNGSTARS trophy, awarded for the Best Youth Production. We are delighted to announce that we have won this award for a second time – in this instance for Beauty and The Beast Jr. This recognises not only the huge amount of work our talented cast put into each summer school production but also the massive contribution made by our adult support teams. Well done to everyone involved.

A number of our students, wearing their Beauty and the Beast Jr t-shirts, attended the award ceremony to accept the certificate and trophy.

23 June Seussical Box Office Open

Buy your seats for Seussical by calling our box office on 07990 885 956. Tickets are £6 each, or £3 for the under-16s. With two performances at the Winston Churchill Theatre, Ruislip on Saturday August 1st, at 2:30 and 5pm, everyone can enjoy the show!

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ROS StageWorks Summer School Steering Group

This Group manages the Summer School’s affairs and meets regularly through the year. In the autumn the emphasis of the meetings is on learning from the experiences of the previous School. This subsequently changes to preparations for the next School.

The Summer School is a Registered Activity of ROS. Accordingly, each year ROS appoints the Steering Group Chairman and the School’s Artistic Director. The Chairman is then responsible for recruiting other members of the Group, although the Finance Manager must be approved by ROS.

There is an ‘ROS StageWorks Summer School’ item on the agenda of each ROS Committee meeting, allowing for key issues to be drawn to the Committee’s attention. Additionally, at least twice a year, the Steering Group Chairman attends the ROS Committee meeting and gives a full progress report.

The current membership of the Steering Group, with their portfolios, is:

ChairmanMalcolm Unwin
Artistic DirectorAnn Hertler-Smith
AdministrationAli Summerfield & Louise Sautschak
Chaperones ManagerDawn Perry
Operations ManagerJackie Lack
Finance ManagerRichard Kessel
Secretary Eric Martin

Malcolm Unwin is the Vice President and a past Chairman of ROS. As well as chairing the Steering Group, he holds the Marketing portfolio.

The contents of each portfolio are tailored to the individual’s area of expertise.

Ann Hertler-Smith, Artistic Director
Annie leads both the Performance Team – those who work directly with the students during the School (including wardrobe, props and make-up) – and the Technical Team – the people who build the set, work backstage and provide lighting and sound.

Annie also has responsibility for selecting the show for each year’s School and for deciding how it will be staged, how it will be cast and the size of the gender/age groupings of students, so as to provide a well-balanced School.

Ali Summerfield & Louise Sautschak, Administration
Ali and Louise act as our liaison with the School venues, dealing with all the pre-School student communication, overseeing the Box Office and, during the School, working with the Operations Manager to ensure smooth running.

Dawn Perry, Chaperones Manager
Dawn is responsible for recruiting chaperones, helping with their DBS disclosure applications, briefing them, and drawing up the chaperone rota for the duration of the School. The adults who act as chaperones also help with other activities, and Dawn liaises with Ali Summerfield and Jackie Lack to ensure that all tasks are adequately staffed.

Jackie Lack, Operations Manager
During the School it is essential that the students and Performance Team staff are able to concentrate on their activities without disturbance or disruption. Jackie ensures that all issues arising during the week are managed with the minimum impact on rehearsal activity.

Within the Steering Group Jackie takes responsibility for a range of activities, such as the Risk Analysis for the School, the organisation of T-shirts, jazz shoes and name badges for students, the foyer display and the Front of House team on performance day.

Richard Kessel, Financial Manager
Richard prepares the School’s budget and tracks our income and expenditure, providing an up to date report at each Group meeting. He also prepares the School’s accounts for examination.

Malcolm Unwin, Chairman & Marketing
The Marketing brief is extensive. It covers the design and printing of the advertising leaflets for the School and the placement of suitable advertisements in the press and on websites, to invite applications and sell tickets for the end of School performances. The brief also includes the design of student T-shirts, production of the programme and attracting sponsors for both.

Eric Martin, Secretary
As well as preparing the agendas and the minutes of Steering Group meetings, Eric carries out many other tasks to support the Group and the School.

Our trained chaperones
All students must be chaperoned during their activities with ROS including the StageWorks Summer School, held during the school summer holidays. Chaperoning is a rewarding activity for anyone who can give up a little of their time voluntarily to watch over the students during the week.

Have they been checked?
All chaperones are required to have an up to date Disclosure & Barring Service check (DBS). The society will make all necessary arrangements if a volunteer does not have the required check.

Would you like to help?
Please come back to check this page occasionally.



The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 ‘to protect and advance the interests of Operatic and Dramatic Art, and of Societies engaged therein’. ROS is an active and enthusiastic member, one of 2,500 amateur societies and 3000 individual members throughout the UK.

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The aims are…

• To give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector

• To help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance

• To provide leadership and advice to enable the amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century

On this page
we identify
and acknowledge
with thanks
the organisations
that have provided
significant sponsorship
to Summer School

(Registered Charity No. 212349)

Ruislip Combined Charity administers seven charities created, for various purposes, by and for residents of Ruislip. One charity was created in 1717. The present Trustees manage the charities in a world which could not be envisaged by the originators. When the Ruislip Combined Charity was created in 1995 the Charity Commissioners included young people in need of financial assistance among those to be helped.

Providing a 3 year grant
(2009, 2010 and 2011)
administered by the NWLCF
on behalf of the government’s
Office of the
Third Sector.

The 2007 School received a grant from Awards for All, which is a Lottery grants scheme funding small, local community based projects.

The School received assistance towards the hire cost of our venue during 2006 and 2007, followed by a grant through LB Hillingdon’s Large Arts Grant Scheme for the 2008 school, and recently a very welcome grant towards our 2012 School.

The Ruislip Lions have given very generous support to the School in two main forms:

• awarding bursaries to students from families who find it difficult to afford the School’s fees

• providing numerous volunteers as chaperones and in a variety of other activities

The following organisations sponsored the School in a variety of ways, some for more than one year:

Coca Cola, Flair Leisure, Grim’s Dyke Hotel, Hasbro, Hornsey Operatic and Dramatic Society, Kinetic, M W Kellogg Ltd, Nationwide Building Society, The Nestle Company, The Nuttery, Orchard Dental Care, Towergate Hall & Clarke, Warburtons Ltd

  • Thankyou to all our sponsors… - click below for more details

  • Ruislip Combined Charity – funding assistance -

  • The North West London Community Foundation - Funders

  • Awards for All - Lottery funding

  • London Borough of Hillingdon - Local Government

  • Ruislip Lions - Community Group

  • Other Sponsors… - helping us on our way

Past Productions
  • 2016 High School Musical Jr
  • 2015 Seussical Jr
  • 2014 Beauty & the Beast Jr

2016 High School Musical Jr

As a new term starts at East High, basketball team captain Troy discovers that Gabriella, the girl he met singing karaoke on a ski trip, has joined the school. Despite their differences – she likes to study, he’s into sports – they decide to audition together for the high school musical, causing havoc among the drama club divas, who really don’t want any competition for the lead roles. The brainiacs, the athletes and the thespians – can they learn to get along? Will music bring everyone together?


2015 Seussical Jr

The Cat in the Hat acts as our guide in the Jungle of Nool where we meet, among many others, Horton and his admirer Gertrude McFuzz. The story starts as Horton hears a distant cry for help coming from the citizens of Whoville. He promises to help them, but has to endure some mockery from Sour Kangaroo, a gang of bad-boys called the Wickersham Brothers, and Mayzie La Bird with her effortlessly cool girl-band backing group.



2014 Beauty & the Beast Jr

An Enchantress casts a spell on a handsome but cruel young prince, turning him into a ferocious creature. The spell will only be broken if he can win someone’s love before the last petal falls from a magic rose. Ten years later, beautiful Belle is held prisoner in the Beast’s castle. At first she is deeply unhappy and scared by the Beast’s bad temper and hideous face. But gradually they begin to understand each other and love blossoms… just in time.

ROS / ROS StageWorks

Bringing you all the excitement of musical theatre

An opportunity for everyone to enjoy all the social and performing aspects of a really friendly society that is based in Ruislip but attracts interest from all over London.

We meet every Thursday at St. Martin’s Church Hall, Ruislip. Click below to visit our site.


Theatre workshops for young people

An introduction – for anyone aged 7 to 17 – to the performing arts. Learn to act, sing and dance in a safe, supportive environment. All welcome – no experience needed.

Meeting every Saturday morning in Ickenham, contact Malcolm Unwin on 020 8866 3110 or click on the link below for more details.


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How to contact us

Please call the number quoted if you have any questions about Summer School.



T: 020 8866 3110