School’s new studio is working out swimmingly

MPMC Little Mermaid
MPMC Little Mermaid

Singing, dancing and acting students relocated ‘under the sea’ for Arts1 School of Performance’s latest production.

Pupils brought Ariel’s aquatic adventures in Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ to life with a musical interpretation of the well-loved tale - complete with stunning scenery and clever costumes.

The waves were crashing but students were actually performing in their brand new home in The Box Studios, in Linford Wood.

With mirrors, sprung floors, a performing arts library, specialist music teaching rooms and a quiet study room – as well as space for productions – the musical theatre stars of the future are well-equipped for success in their new building.

The creative director at Arts1 School of Performance, James Grimsey, has worked at some of the UK’s leading performing arts training institutions, inspiring budding performers for 15 years.

He said: “It is important to recognise that a student’s ability to achieve their potential is directly linked to their access to expertise and facilities. Arts1 has a reputation in Milton Keynes for outstanding teaching and the new studios are a massive step forward for our pupils.”

Next term will bring plenty of opportunities for aspiring performers of all ages to develop all sorts of skills – whether you want to write and sing songs, perform plays or get dancing.

Principal Rebecca Carrington said: “As a school we love to innovate, to reflect on what is working and what can be improved. We don’t shy away from refreshing our approach if it is for the benefit of our students.”

Arts1 provides over 50 group classes each week and also offers individual vocal and instrumental lessons for young people aged 2 to 21, as well as adults.

Free taster sessions can be booked for all classes in September. Visit for details and to book your place.