Blackpool’s Scream Theatre Schools have again held their own version of the Oscars.
In association with Scream Management it has hosted its Screaming Oscars Generation Next awards to showcase a host of young acting talent.
The Screaming Oscars gives the stage to young performers aged six to 18, to showcase their own creative drama pieces, either as a solo, duo or group act, which they have written and directed themselves.
This year there were 16 categories to be judged on the night including best actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, director, writer and a special award to recognise the best ‘industry potential’ and judges this year included casting directors from ITV, The Inbetweeners and CBEEBIES.
Some of our winners included from Blackpool Mikey Thomasson (Best Actor Under 12), Abby Biviano (Best Actress Under 12), Jordan Kennedy (Best Comedy Actor), Jordan Shuck (Best Supporting Actor) and Millie Croston (Best Supporting Actress).
There was also an Industry Potential Award which is presented to any performer that the judges agree will be successful within the Industry and this year’s winner was Megan Winnard.
The challenge encourages pupils to use their own imaginations and in addition to being a great opportunity to showcase their talent, gives a snapshot of tomorrow’s talent today.
Blackpool-based Scream Theatre Schools was founded in 1998 and is a centre of excellence for children and young people aged from two to 18. It offers training in the three disciplines of performing arts – dance, drama and singing – and the chance to develop the skills needed for a career within the entertainment industry.
Many Scream students have gone on to enjoy successful careers in film, television, radio and theatre, including: Kelsey Beth Crossley (Emmerdale), Jessica Bell (St Trinian’s 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Brad Kavanagh (House of Anubis) and Anna Jobarteh (Waterloo Road).
Former Screaming Oscar winners have also gone on to land professional work including 12-year-old Charlie Kenyon who received the Best Industry Potential award at last year’s event and went on to star in two national TV commercials. Best Actor award winner Anthony Hudson, 12, also starred on the small screen in the brand new CBBC drama, Combat Kids.
The Scream portfolio now includes Scream Theatre Schools, Scream Management and Red Door Management with operations being managed from Blackpool, Manchester and London.