Introducing Carl Wheatley, NAPA’s new CEO

We are excited to announce the appointment of Carl Wheatley as our new Chief Executive Officer.

Following a lengthy recruitment process Carl joins NAPA from the BBC where he has been a familiar voice on Radio Humberside for the past 25 years.

Carl brings to the charity his many years of leadership experience and professional training in Theatre Stage Management and broadcast media.

The current CEO Barbara Dawson (Carl’s mum) has been at the helm for 15 years and has decided to scale down her working life but will still be involved in the day to day running of NAPA.

Paying tribute to his predecessor Carl said “NAPA is an incredible place where young people have the chance to shine. Everyone remembers a great NAPA performance, but the real hard work goes on behind the scenes. Barbara has built the academy into what it is today through hard work, passion and determination.”

Commenting on Carl’s appointment, Barbara Dawson said “Carl’s considerable experience as a leader and his infectious enthusiasm for NAPA’s work is exactly what is needed to take NAPA to the next level.”

I’ve been privileged to be surrounded by an amazing team at NAPA and they are excited to start working with Carl to realise his vision for the future of the charity.”

Carl will take up the post on 27th August.

Annie Jr – Open Auditions

The Northern Academy of Performing Arts in Hull is offering young performers the amazing opportunity to star in a production of this Children’s Musical at NAPA in January 2020.

• Thursday 5th September 2019 – 5pm till 8pm at NAPA
• Ages 7 – 14 years
• Sing the vocal selection of the role you are auditioning for. (see website for copies)

Audition Material: (Click to download)

All Girls & Boys – Tomorrow Reprise.

Sample track – Tomorrow

Miss Hannigan – Little Girls.

Sample track – Little Girls

The rehearsals will be on Saturday 9.30am – 10.30am, costing £5 per lesson.
Starting Saturday 14th September (Additional rehearsals may be scheduled with prior notice.)
Please only audition if you’re available at this time.

Show Week:
Thursday 23rd January 2020– Dress Rehearsal – 5pm-8pm
Friday 24th January 2020- @7pm
Saturday 25th January 2020 – @7pm
Sunday 26th January 2020 – @ 2pm

For any more information and to register your interest please contact
Paddy Start – Telephone: 01482 310690

GREASE – Open Auditions

The Northern Academy of Performing arts is offering young performers, the amazing opportunity to perform this movie classic at Hull Truck in April 2020.

Audition PrepSunday 1st September 3.30pm-5.30pm.

A group sing through of all the vocal selections with the Musical Director before the auditions

Auditions – Saturday 7th September – 2.30pm Onwards

• Ages 13 – 25 years
• 2.30pm – 4.30pm – Mandatory Dance Call – Please wear appropriate clothing
• 4.30pm Onwards – Solo Auditions – Auditionees may leave after vocal audition.
• Sing the vocal selection of the role you are auditioning for.
(Copies available at

Audition Materials

(Click to download)

Danny – ‘Sandy’ (Full song) / Dialogue pages 37 & 38 
Sandy – ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ (Bar 66 through to end) / Dialogue Pgs. 37 &38
Rizzo – ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’ (Full Song) / Dialogue Pgs. 79 & 80
T-Birds & Jonny Casino – ‘Greased Lightning’ (Bars 1 – 51) / Dialogue Pgs. 3,4,5,6
Pink Ladies & Patty Simcox – ‘Freddie My Love’ (Full Song) / Dialogue Pgs. 79 & 80
Teen Angel – ‘Beauty School Drop Out’ (Full Song)
Ensemble – ‘We Go Together’ (Bars 1 – 31)

Recalls – Sunday 8th September – 10am Onwards

Rehearsals and fees – Thursday evenings, 5.30pm-7.30pm.

The rehearsals will cost £6.00 per session, plus a production fee of £50.00
Starting Thursday 12th September 2019 (Additional rehearsals may be scheduled with prior notice.)
Please only audition if you’re available at this time.

Show Week – Week commencing Monday 6th April 2020.

For any more information and to register your interest please contact
Katie Wright – Telephone: 01482 310690

Open Days

Situated in the heart of Hull, NAPA provides an accessible and friendly environment where students of all ages and abilities can thrive in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.

Our mission is to deliver the highest level of performing arts training at the lowest possible cost to the student.

Taking part at NAPA is great fun and comes with many benefits, helping to:

• Improve confidence

• Engage in social interaction

• Develop communication skills

• Gain performance experience

• Strengthen reading and public speaking

• Enhance musicality, creativity and coordination

Joining NAPA also comes with unique opportunities for learning, ranging from exams and public performances, to competitions and festivals.

Whether you want to take a class purely for pleasure or have your heart set on a career in the West End, visit us on Saturday 31st August or Sunday 1st September between 11am and 3pm to discover a world of possibilities.

NEW Online Dance Shop

We have set up an online shop to sell all of the basic uniform for dance classes, exams and shows. We have kept prices as low as possible to help students and parents get value for money. If there is anything we have missed that you would like to see in the store just let us know.

There is a delivery charge so we advise orders of multiple items to make it cost effective.



Study GCSEs at NAPA


Dance / Drama / Music

September 2019

Why not do an extra GCSE at NAPA?


We are now offering GCSE courses at NAPA. The qualification will be complete in 1 academic year; year 9 students and above will be considered. The course will take place after school time at NAPA and consist of 3 hours per week – some independent work and extra rehearsals will also be required. Please find more details below:

The full cost of the course including examination fees will be £480.00

[This works out at £15.00 per week – just £5.00 per hour contact time].


The courses will only run if we have the correct number of students and so it is important that you register your interest now for either course to start September 2019

All you need to do is send an email to the address below with the student’s age, school year and the qualification they are interested in and we will get in touch.


Katie Wright

Head of Education and Engagement

01482 310690