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Aspiring performers who are working towards qualifications in Musical Theatre at South Staffordshire College are set to see their names in lights this Christmas, having secured roles in professional festive productions across the region.
The nine learners, who are studying for Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and BA (Hons) Degrees at the College’s Lichfield Campus, all went through rigorous audition processes before being cast in shows that will be staged in Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Burton Upon Trent and Tamworth this December.
Foundation Degree student Yasmin LeFerve, will feature in Richmond Ward Productions ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Middleton Hall in Tamworth. Delivered in the Great Hall at this historic venue, the show promises to deliver a unique experience for the audience. The classic Dickens tale will be staged from Monday 18th – Friday 22nd December.
Learners Cher Melsom (Diploma), Lee Fisher, Alex Rozwalka-Attebery (Foundation Degree) and Leah Yates (BA Hons) will be supporting Father Christmas himself as they perform as elves at the National Adventure Forest’s ‘North Pole Adventure’. A family event that sees guests embark on a magical journey to meet Father Christmas and his helpers, guests will be able to explore an ice cave and miniature elf village, spend their ‘elf coins’ on tasty treats and enjoy an interactive elf training show. The event takes place at dates and times throughout November and December.
Of course, no festive season would be complete without a pantomime and Lewis Ferguson and Mollie Towers (Foundation Degree) will feature in Sutton Town Hall’s production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, alongside BA Hons student Jamie Jones who will star as Dame Trott. This show, which runs from 13th – 29th December promises to ‘be bursting at the seams with jaw-dropping technical mastery, side-splitting comic gags, bags of impressive costumes and of course, everyone’s favourite, audience participation!’
While the audience revels in the on-stage performances, of course, no show would be a success without the team who are responsible for bringing it to life and this Christmas, South Staffordshire College learner Eric Hastilow (BA Hons) is Assistant Stage Manager for
the Garrick Pantomime ‘Aladdin’. Featuring CBeebies Cat Sandion this show is also set to be a big family hit and will run from 30th November – 6th January.
Speaking about the learners success, South Staffordshire College’s HE Performing Arts Course leader Angharad Sanders says “With the launch of our new B.A. (hons) in Professional Musical Theatre, in partnership with Staffordshire University, we can now offer all of our learners training at all levels and we are incredibly proud of the calibre of young performers that we work with every day. All of these learners have fought off stiff competition in auditions and interviews for all of their roles. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them all to beginning their professional careers whilst training with our excellent team, all of whom are highly experienced industry practitioners, as well as excellent teachers. Congratulations to all and we can’t wait to see all of these performances.”
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