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Students from South Staffordshire College are preparing for the fright of their lives as they prepare to take part in a Halloween scare event later this month.
More than 70 Further and Higher Education students from South Staffordshire College’s Lichfield Campus will work alongside professional actors to take part in the interactive scare attraction ‘Screamfest’ later this month.
The event, which takes place from 12th – 31st October 2017, will see the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton-on-Trent transform into a demonic underworld. Zombies, clowns, witches and vampires and an array of terrifying entertainers will once again descend on the venue in the return of this popular seasonal attraction that welcomed over 18,000 visitors last year.
Not for the faint hearted, Screamfest starts at 7pm and is designed for ages 12 and over with youngsters under 14 needing to be accompanied by an adult.
Visitors can escape the underworld in the brand new Demonica attraction as well as fight through an outdoor maze to join the Festival of the Dead; a carnival with a frightening twist. Other attractions include Freakout the scariest circus in town where the clowns will have you screaming with laughter and Love Hurts where you risk love tearing you apart.
In preparation for the event, students who are studying for qualifications in performing arts and musical theatre at South Staffordshire College have undergone unique ‘scare’ training, to develop their horror acting skills. Delivered by performance scare expert, Rosie Redvers-Jones – the only trainer in the country with a Masters in Performance specialising in scare techniques – the training has been meticulously designed to help the College’s students deliver the ultimate experience.
Playing an important role in the success of such a popular attraction is obviously extremely exciting for the students and speaking about their involvement, Sharna Hind-Friend and Yasmin LeFerve say “Working at ScreamFest is a fun and engaging experience. It’s made us look at acting, and our future careers in a very different light”.
Kyra Povey, who is studying for her BA Hons in Musical Theatre at the College whilst working as an actor at Warwick Castle adds “Frightform scare acting training has been an incredible and educational experience. Rosie Redvers-Jones has been amazing and supportive in teaching us the correct techniques, I’ve worked professionally for her and for Warwick Castle, taking my experience from previous workshops with her.”
Of course, no truly terrifying experience would be complete without those all important realistic touches and the College’s fashion students have also been on hand to help craft some fantastically fiendish costumes.
Chris Hopkins, Head of Study Programmes at South Staffordshire College, says: “The experience the students receive at Screamfest is invaluable and we are grateful for the support the National Forest Adventure Farm provide in training each of the students.
“Gaining first hand live experience at such a unique event is a brilliant opportunity for students to put into practice the skills they have acquired through the course and gain invaluable industry experience.”
Ivor Robinson, director at the National Forest Adventure Farm and personal horror fanatic, said: “Our aim is always to bring something a bit special to the area. Every detail is carefully planned to provide the ultimate in entertainment and this year promises to be no different.
“We are keen to help students gain valuable experience and to help them on their acting journey through the training and taking part on the night. They play a vital role in making the attraction what it is for the thousands of visitors who arrive each year.”
This event is just one of the opportunities that those who are studying towards musical theatre qualifications at South Staffordshire College enjoy. Students also have the chance to take part in the College’s annual performance season which is staged at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. Those who are working towards Higher Education qualifications can also become part of the College’s in-house production company ‘Momentum Performing Arts’ and perform on stages in London.
To book tickets for Screamfest visit www.screamfest.co.uk