Summerscales Performing Arts

Founder & Principal: Tracey K Summerscales FISTD

Artistic Director: Gemma K Summerscales-Heard FISTD

Co-Director: Laurretta Summerscales ARAD


Theatre School

Established by Tracey Summerscales in 1983 as the Karen Clarke Theatre School, a school of just 7 pupils at the time.  Tracey dedicated her life to the industry nurturing children into young performers offering opportunity and striving for perfection.  The school has since grown into a recognised part time performing arts centre where students aged 3-18 are able to train in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Singing, Pas de Duex, audition technique and much more.  Training children to an exceptionally high standard to be able, if desired, go on to full time colleges in Dance and Musical Theatre to perform on the professional stage, or train to be qualified teachers.  To find out more about our classes click here.


Traceys Father, Donald Clarke introduced her to late 30-50’s films of Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly from an early age, which has a significant influence on her.

With this love of Golden Age Musical Films, Tracey went on to form The Karen Clarke Theatre Company, with a debut performance of Half a Sixpence in 1986, due to another dancing school had pulled out of the theatre and she was offered the booking to fill single handed.  Since this date the Theatre Company has not looked back expanding into two weekly productions which become more lavish and spectacular as they progress.  Read more here…



The Performers Society was formed after being chosen to perform at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and the elite pupils of the school are chosen to be part of the troop and perform throughout the UK.  Now, students in the performers will perform in local displays for events and for charities.  They also perform in competitions and events over the world.  To read more about our performers and how to become one please click here.