Jacqui Hawkes Cert. Ed Drama (University of London).
Principal and founder of Stage One Drama School
Jacqui trained at Trent Park, Middlesex University. Having graduated in 1978 she returned to the Isle of Man to take up a teaching post at Onchan Primary School. In 1992 she accepted a post at King William's College and the Buchan where she worked as a Speech and Drama teacher until 2006.
Jacqui established Stage One in September 1993. It started as an after school club for her her two eldest children and some of their friends. During the first year it grew to a membership of fifteen. There are currently 120 students on register!
As well as running Stage One, Jacqui has a busy private practice offering private lessons in Speech and Drama.
Jacqui has performed in many amateur productions with the Manx Operatic Society, The Douglas Choral Union and the The Service Players. Her Gaiety Theatre debut was in the Douglas Choral Union's production of The Sound of Music where as a 14 year old she played the part of Liesl. She received the NODA Award for Best Supporting Actress in the Manx Operatic Society's production of Paint Your Wagon in 1983. She has also appeared in a number of semi professional shows at the Gaiety Theatre and has worked as an "extra" in a number of films made in the Isle of Man. Jacqui most recently appeared in Les Miserables with The Douglas Choral Union.
Running a busy and thriving Drama School does not leave much time for performing these days! But Jacqui is probably happiest when teaching the next generation of young performers and enjoys watching her students, both current and former, taking part in a wide variety of amateur and professional theatre.
Jacqui is the organiser and co-ordinator of the Manx Amateur Drama Federation's Young Actor of Mann, an annual competition which offers students aged 13-19 the opportunity to compete for the title Young Actor of Mann and to attend an all expenses paid trip to a top UK Drama Summer School.
Jacqui is a member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama (The Governing Body for Speech and Drama teachers in private practice).
Sonia Callin - Musical Theatre Coach
Sonia has spent many years in local theatre and has gained experience both as a performer and working on production teams for musicals, plays, shows and concerts in a variety of roles including director, choreographer and stage manager. Over the last few years Sonia has been on the production team of a number prestigious shows, which include: The Queen’s Jubilee Trust Farewell Concert for Air Marshall Ian Macfadden hosted by Aled Jones (2005); Breast Care’s Fashion for Life and Fashion for Life 2 (2005 & 2007); Raise the Roof (2007 & 2008); The Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence (2006, 2007 & 2008).
As a member of the Douglas Choral Union since 1979, Sonia has appeared in many productions whilst also having the opportunity to choreograph some musicals for them. Her most notable being Me & My Girl in 1997 for which she won a NODA Award.
As a performer, Sonia has most recently played Felicia Gabriel in The Witches of Eastwick (DCU), Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie (DCU), The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet (Manx Ballet Company) and Sergeant What in Jack & The Beanstalk (DreamStar).
As a promoter for the future of local theatre, Sonia is one-third of DreamStar Productions who have produced a number of local pantomimes at the Gaiety Theatre, one-half of Jaxon Productions who produce Summer children’s workshops and she is also the Musical Theatre Coach at Stage One Drama School.
In 2009 Sonia was the Assistant Director for the Douglas Choral Union's production of Les Miserables.
Most recently Sonia appeared as The Wicked Stepmother in Dreamstar's production of Cinderella at the Gaiety Theatre.