Head of School at closed CPA Studios opens new musical theatre school

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:42 30 August 2018

Principal of KA Arts, a new musical theatre school based at Bower Park Academy, Kevin Archbold, has been in West End productions such as Grease and Fame. Picture: David Ian Productions

Principal of KA Arts, a new musical theatre school based at Bower Park Academy, Kevin Archbold, has been in West End productions such as Grease and Fame. Picture: David Ian Productions

David Ian Productions

The head of school at a popular performing arts college that suddenly closed due to “financial challenges” has set up a new musical theatre school.

Kevin Archbold has launched KA Arts, which will aim to focus on the technical and performance training for students aged three-18-years-old at Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, Collier Row, following the demise of CPA Studios in Romford.

Kevin said: “I have been performing in front of audiences both on stage and screen since 2005, but nothing has inspired me more than teaching and passing on the skills and knowledge of the industry to the young professionals of tomorrow.

“Seeing my students progress and becoming the best version of themselves through performing arts, whether they take these skills in to the profession or transfer them in to their everyday lives, is inspiring in itself.”

CPA Studios, in North Street, sent letters last month to its students announcing that it will no longer be open “due to financial challenges that we have been unable to overcome”.

The studios became a registered charity in 2011 and also helped students get a chance to audition for professional work in musical theatre, television, commercials, live events, pantomime and films.

Rochelle Humes, former band member of The Saturdays and TV and radio star, was also a former student and patron of the studios.

KA Arts intends to continue CPA Studios’ legacy by helping its students achieve their career ambitions in the world of musical theatre in a “friendly but professional environment”.

He said: By setting up KA Arts, I intend to provide the students with the same family feel and ethos that CPA offered all of the students that walked through its doors.

“I will be setting up a Colin Putz scholarship to offer a student free training during their time at KA Arts.

“This scholarship has been set up, with Colin’s approval, to continue his legacy and the standards that he came to expect.”

The musical theatre school will officially hold its first classes on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9.

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