MUSICAL theatre and acting degree students at Blackpool and the Fylde College are performing their final Showcase in Blackpool, with the highest ever percentage having already secured agent representation and high profile roles on stage when they graduate.
Kerrie Thomason is set for a lead role in High School Musical, Natalie Morton-Graham will take up an understudy role for Hairspray, and Daniel Teitge has work in Los Angeles. A number of students have also signed to some big agencies already, following the success of Spring Awakening, Rent and the heavy duty drama Punk Rock.
Nigel Brown, curriculum manager for the School of Creative Arts said: “The college and the students themselves have been working tirelessly over the last few months to ensure they have a bright future after leaving.
“We don’t just hone their performance ability, all students complete a business and professional module where they learn how to market themselves as performers, create stand-out CVs and how to approach and talk to agents.
“The BA (Hons) degrees have gained a positive reputation amongst agents since they were first introduced in 2009, and we now have a good relationship with many well known regional and national agencies.
“That, combined with a highly selective entry process and Media City putting the North West on the map, as far as performance is concerned, has ensured our most successful year for employment.”
The final Showcase is the last chance to see the students on stage before they embark on their careers, and will feature singing, dancing and acting highlights from previous shows.
It will be performed at the Theatre, University Centre, Blackpool tomorrow at 7.30pm before heading to London’s Soho Theatre next Thursday, May 24, at 1.30pm.
Tickets for Blackpool are £5 and must be purchased in advance from the Hub, University Centre, Bennett Avenue, in person or by calling (01253) 504420.
“Despite tuition fees increasing nationally from September, the future of our performance degrees looks strong.”
Nigel adds: “We’ve seen an even higher calibre of students applying and auditioning this year and, as a result, we’ve made more offers than ever before. It’s an exciting time for us and for the students.”