Professional Pantomime Casting Success 2024

Pantomime casting success for WOAPA students Niamh and Sam

Congratulations to West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts students Niamh and Sam who have been successful in passing recent auditions for this year's pantomime at The Oxford Playhouse: 'Sleeping Beauty'.

Niamh spent the festive season  in 2018 sparkling & shining all over the country in the national tour of 'Nativity! The Musical'. She then appeared at The Cornerstone, Didcot in 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' (2019). In 2021/22, Niamh made her Oxford Playhouse debut in 'Robin Hood', closely followed by appearing in a TV advert for Quorn. She appeared on TV again, in October, in 'The Love Box in your Living Room' with Harry Enfield. Niamh returned To The Oxford Playhouse, in 22/23, to appear in their production of 'Cinderella' and 23/24 appearing in 'Jack and the beanstalk'.
Niamh has been a singing, dance & drama student at WOAPA for 8 years and she is delighted to be returning to the Oxford Playhouse pantomime again this Christmas in 'Sleeping Beauty'.

Sam has attended classes in singing, dance & drama at WOAPA each week for nearly two years and he appeared in last year's pantomime at Oxford Playhouse:  'Jack and the Beanstalk'.       
He is thrilled that he has, once again, been successful at auditions at the Oxford Playhouse to appear in this year's production of 'Sleeping Beauty'.                    

Sleeping Beauty
Playhouse Theatre, Oxford
22nd Nov 24 - 5th Jan 25

Will good triumph over evil? Will love win over jealousy? Will we find an alarm clock loud enough to wake this Sleeping Beauty before it’s too late?

Expect spellbinding costumes, toe-tapping tunes, and all your favourite loveable (and downright boo-able) panto heroes and villains. Reawaken your magical side with a festive experience that’s perfect for all the family. Never mind goodnight, this is sure to be the BEST night.

Have YOU ever wanted to be on the stage?

Performing Arts in Witney
West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts is an independent Theatre School for children aged 4-21 years, which operates at weekends during the standard academic term. 

Our classes are led by experienced tutors whose skills in working with young people enable our students to develop at their own pace, and encourage them to reach their true potential. 

Providing quality tuition in the three disciplines of Singing, Dance and Drama, our classes ensure that your child receives the individual attention he or she deserves.

We promote a positive environment - where students have fun as they celebrate their individuality and achievements. 

Working as part of a team, students are encouraged to be creative and become multi-disciplined, all-round performers.  
At WOAPA, we take pride in going that extra mile. We offer fantastic additional opportunities to our students and have assisted our students to appear in local productions, professional stage shows (locally and national tours) in film, television and advertisements.







Previous students have been successful in gaining places at prestigious drama schools and organisations (Royal Welsh college of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, NYMT National Youth Music Theatre, BYMT British Youth Music Theatre, Guildhall school of music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Oxford School of Drama)

We also offer opportunities to qualify for Trinity College 'Arts Awards' in-house - assisted and moderated by our award-winning mentor. 

Students often take LAMDA exams with 100% pass rate.

A large number of our students come to us via recommendation from parents of children already enrolled with us. 

Please ask to arrange a taster session for your child.


Performing Arts Witney - West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts - A Children's theatre Theatre School based in Witney near Oxford, offering Singing, Dance & Drama classes | Witney Children's Choir | Witney Youth Choir (Showchoir) & Witney Choir for Adults (Adult Singing Group in Witney). If you're looking for a children's theatre school with Dance, Drama, and Singing classes on a Saturday and you live in or around the Oxfordshire areas of Witney, Burford, Faringon, Carterton, Chipping Norton, Oxford, Eynsham, Woodstock and Abingdon, WOAPA is for you! Contact us for a taster session NOW!