Meet the Team!

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Marie Kelsall - DIRECTOR

Marie Kelsall has been running theatre groups and workshops, acting in and directing performances professionally for more than 10 years - notably in schools and at the Barnfield Theatre with Green Banana Drama. Also in the Honiton Beehive Centre and Exeter with Theatre Kidz, She regularly performs in Devon with various theatre companies including Quirk Theatre.

Marie: 'I'm thrilled to be invited to direct Hairspray and can't wait to get cracking on this amazing show!!'

Alan Boxer (music, producer)

Alan has been a professional musician and musical director since his late teens, and worked it in alongside his other career as a teacher and primary school headteacher. After studying conducting, piano, bassoon and singing at the Royal College of Music in London he has performed with and conducted professional, youth and amateur orchestras, musically directed choirs and musical theatre, and has acted in many plays and shows, including several at the Northcott Theatre. In the last 10 years he has returned to full time musical direction, composing, conducting and performance. His passion is in opening doors to quality singing, music and theatre for children, teens and adults. To that end Alan leads vocal groups and choirs of all ages, conducts classical groups, writes songs and musicals with his creative partner Chris Speyer, teaches in schools, and co-produces musical shows.

Fiona Bartlett (choreography)

I was thrilled to be asked to choreograph some of the musical numbers in Annie Jr.   It is years (well actually decades but let’s not go there) since I played a ‘Daughter’ in a long forgotten musical called ‘Mothers and Daughters’ I had conveniently erased the memory of what a challenge it is to sing and dance at the same time!

My everyday life revolves around my three Children,one Husband, two Spaniels and my Dance Studio, The Marisa Wood School of Dance at Falster Studios, where I have been teaching  Children and Grown Ups various types of dance since I graduated from London College of Dance in 1989..  I specialise in Cecchetti Classical Ballet and am a Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans Teacher.

ACTiv8 Theatre Group is a really fun, happy place to spend a Sunday afternoon.  I am impressed with the professionalism of everyone involved and feel priviledged to be a small part of it.

Fiona Shere (Administrator & Stage Manager)

Music has been a huge part of my life probably since learning the Recorder in Primary School! My professional career involved working for a number of different local companies employed as a Secretary/PA and latterly as an Administrator in a local primary school. In 2013, I and my two daughters, joined the cast of Goodnight Mr. Tom a new community play.  We also took part in Scrooge in 2016; both shows reinvigorating my love of theatre, especially musical theatre. When ACTiv8 started in 2017 I was keen to help get it off the ground and was invited to be a part of the Steering group utilising my administrative skills.  Since then I've watched ACTiv8 grow both as a company and the children involved in it.  Stage Manager is a whole new role I'm still learning!  

Niki France (Drama/Steering group)

Drama and music have been a big part of my life ever since I qualified as a Primary School Teacher 24 years ago.  

I have a passion for the Arts and helping children grow in confidence to perform and learn new skills both on the stage and behind the scenes. I directed the annual Nativity at school each year making sure that every child had a part to play in the final production and giving each child the chance to shine in their own unique way. I have performed on stage myself as part of the Kentisbeare Players and as a member of the Voiceworx choir. I am a qualified chaperone, and I looked after and supervised the children taking part in three pantomimes at Kentisbeare Village Hall. I have just joined the ACTiv8 family and I am looking forward to helping in any way I can.

Caitlin Pilcher (Drama/Music/Steering Group)

Corinne Parnall (Assistant Stage Manager/Steering Group)

Having not done any acting since I was at primary school I got a minor role in scrooge three years ago. 

Following that Activ8 was set up and having enjoyed working with many of the children in the scrooge production I offered my services to the team helping with rehearsals and back stage on the productions. 

I love to see the children grow into the new characters and the enjoyment they get from doing a performance.

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