Amanda Harris: Director, Producer, and Drama Teacher ...

Amanda has been involved in the theatre arts for 40 years, and directed over 80 shows, which includes over 50 for Applause.

Amanda achieved a degree in Communication Arts: Studies in Media &Performance B.A (Hons), and a Dissertation study in Milan, Italy (Commedia dell’arte) from the University College of Ripon & York St John. She was also a voluntary Rock Challenge judge (not-for-profit initiative of Global Rock Challenge presented by Be Your Best Foundation, UK), achieved the highest LAMDA grades, been a Leader in Charge, Director, Producer, and Artistic Coordinator for the Bradford Youth Players, as well as a Regional Youth Representative for NODA North East (National Operatic & Dramatic Association- North East), and a Part time Drama Lecturer at
Bradford College.

Some of her directing credits are: Alice the Musical, Bugsy Malone, Guys & Dolls Jr, Honk!, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare4KIDZ), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Cinderella - A Pantomime, Bits & Bobs, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Christmas Crackers, The Peace Child, Hoodwinked, Christmas Box, Annie Jr., Shake, Ripple, and Roll, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Disco Inferno, Les Miserable School Edition, Billy Elliot The Musical, Pirates of Penzance Jr., Aladdin - A Pantomime!, and Sleeping Beauty - The Pantomime of Your Dreams!, Jack and the Beanstalk & Beauty & the Beast.

Gail Godwin

“Good teaching is one fourth preparation and three fourths pure theatre”

Hannah Butterfield is a freelance performer based in Leeds. She has trained in a variety of areas in performance including theatre, music and dance, and also holds a Masters with Distinction in Theatre.


From a young age Hannah has been passionate about performing arts and is a long running member of The National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Youth Music Theatre UK. Hannah has experience with many different styles of dance ranging from ballet to street dance. She thoroughly enjoys working with children of all ages, especially when rehearsing a musical! 


Alsongside dancing, Hannah loves singing. She has perfromed solo at The Sydney Opera House for the Olympic Games Opening, The Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey. Hannah has appeared in many musicals all over the country such as Little Shop of Horrors, Back To The 80's, Scrooge, Starlight Express, and made her debut professional performance in The Sound of Music.

Hannah is a part-time lecturer in performance at Leeds Beckett University and is the creator of the solo theatre piece '21000 Miles of Rail' for which she received Arts Council England funding. In 2015, Hannah won a £10,000 BBC Performing Arts Fund Grant to develop her show.

Hannah Butterfield: Choreographer - Show Scene, Musical Director ...

Mollie joined Applause Theatre School in September 2007. The first show she took part in was High School Musical as a cheerleader, followed by Les Miserable School Edition, Billy Elliot, Pirates of Penzance Jr, Magical Musicals and Snow White. Mollie became part of the teaching team in June 2012, becoming choreographer for the Clayton pantomime - Cinderella, and assistant choreographer for Lets Dance 2012 Clayton dance show.


Mollie started dancing at the age of six at Class Act School of Dance. She performed in seven shows at Bingley Arts Centre using tap, modern, jazz and street. Mollie has taken part is several shows for the Bradford Youth Players and The Bradford Players. 

Mollie Nero: Choreographer ...

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Kennedy had been an Applause pupil since the age of 8 years old. She attended dance, drama and musical theatre classes. Dance and drama have always been a passion, which led to her taking both at GCSE where she achieved grades A and B overall. During her GCSE's she got the opportunity to perform at the Alhambra where she played Ariel in The Tempest.


Kennedy was also part of a competitive cheerleading squad which she attended for many years and competed at national level. Kennedy is currently studying for her A levels which includes Theatre Studies.

Kennedy Eccles: Choreographer - Cheerleading, JStreet, SStreet, Musical Theatre ...

Laura Fox: Junior Choreographer - Cheerleading, JStreet, SStreet ...

Laura has been a pupil at Applause for 8 years now, taking part in both dance and drama classes. She has always enjoyed performing as well as choreography and working backstage. 


‘Being part of Applause has helped me to develop new and existing skills; giving me the confidence to take part in school musicals - Grease, and We Will Rock You’


Laura also participated in Rock Challenge for three years, at national level with her team, who came second place twice and then first place.


She is currently taking GCSE music and has reached Grade 6 in piano. Laura hopes to take A level music and also to continue with dance to develop choreography and leadership skills.

Joey Wilby: Junior Choreographer - Show Scene ...

Joey first became involved in performing arts in 2009. He joined Applause in 2010 and is currently a Whitcliffe Mount Secondary School pupil. Joey has been heavily involved in many amateur performances for the last 6 years, often playing the leading role- Oliver, Edna “Hairspray”, Fat Sam “Bugsy Malone and Uncle Fester “The Addams Family” to name but a few.


Joey is a strong vocalist and dancer too. He wants to take GCSE Drama and hopes that his career will continue to go from strength to strength in the AmDram field!

Tanya Elsegood: Administration and Front of House ...

Tanya has worked for Applause since it was established and is the front of house veteran for the Birkenshaw classes and a range of shows including Les Miserable, Disco Inferno, Honk, High School Musical, Pirates of Penzance, Snow White, Aladdin & Sleeping Beauty.

Her bubbly and carefree nature belies a focus, drive and ability to organise the more creative elements of Applause.  In short she is the proverbial cog in the Applause wheel, applying her many talents to working tirelessly behind the scenes; making cups of tea, organising ticket sales, advertising executive, surrogate mum and generally ensuring that things run as smoothly as possible.

Thankfully none of her Applause roles require her to perform on stage as her dances steps and timing are legendary – on the comedy circuit!

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