Lamont Casting Agency

Top spot at Southport Festival!

Josh as Hans for websiteCongratulations to 12-year-old Josh Reais who was chosen as the 2014 Southport Festival adjudicator’s pick.

Josh was selected by the Adjudicators from all the drama entrants to represent Southport Festival at next year’s North West Regional Championship. He will join a representative chosen from the festivals’ music section, to represent Southport at this prestigious event.

He has also been invited to perform at the at the festival’s Grand Final Concert.

“I feel very honoured to have been chosen by the adjudicators and I can’t wait to represent Southport next year. I hope I will do Southport Festival proud,” said Josh.

Josh resized 2Said Mrs Lamont, “I’m immensely proud of all my pupils who produced some outstanding work at this year’s Southport Festival but special congratulations must go to Josh for being selected for this honour. Josh is one of the most popular pupils at the school as he’s a natural comedian and great fun in class. He is a regular on Hollyoaks (pictured above in an episode from Hollyoaks with his festival partner Charlotte Russell) and he’s equally loved there by all the production staff so I’m not surprised he caught the eye of the judges. We all wish him every success in the North-west Championship.”

 

Festival Fun!

Owl and the pussycat resizedtoad & Phoebe for websiteCONGRATULATIONS! to everyone who took part in the Southport Festival.

You all really looked the part!

Dong, Owl and pussycat – were spectacular! (Lily, Loulou and Elizabeth).

Mr Toad – still smiling with a broken collar-bone – showed nothing was going to stop him! (Catarina and Lydia).

Alice and Humpty were gorgeous! (7-year-old Sadie and 6-year-old Lori-Jo).

Brian definitely ‘pulled it off’! (Amelia, Francesca, Josh and Charlotte).

And in the pink were……. Spiker and Sponge! (Francesca and Amelia).  Fabulous!

Alice & HumptyBrian Pulls It Off 2Spiker and Sponge 2

 

Spooks Film Star!

Tori Hargreaves

Tori Hargreaves

Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker

 

Former Lamont pupil Matthew Walker is appearing in the new British spy film SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD.

Matthew, a firm favourite with pupils when he took on the role of assistant teacher at Lamont Drama before going to drama school in London, is playing an MI-5 agent in the film.

Due to be released in 2015, Matthew appears alongsisde Peter Firth (as Harry Pearce), Kit Harington (from Game of Thrones) and Jennifer Ehle.

The film is adapted from the hugely successful BBC series which ran from 2002 to 2011.

Says Matthew, “It was a fantastic experience filming next to such big names. My character, Adam Qasim, has a tense couple of moments as he gets held at gunpoint during the opening scenes.”

Matthew is also in high demand as a presenter and has worked alongside Caroline Flack, Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller.

Congratulations Matthew – easily one of the most popular pupils (and much-adored assistant teacher) at Lamont Drama!

Matthew is not the only former assistant teacher from Lamont Drama excelling professionally. Another favourite from the school, Tori Hargreaves, is presently reprising her role in BLOOD BROTHERS for Bill Kenwright Ltd.  Tori has also just finished starring in the national stage tour of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. Reviews described the show as a ‘surprising gem’ and Tori’s performance as a ‘revelation’. Well done, Tori!

 

Girl Power!

Erin Clarke for WebsiteCongratulations to Christie Clark and Erin Clarke (pictured) for being awarded Arthur Johnson Memorial Fund Bursaries.

Christie is using her donation to fund her NYT summer school and Erin is taking up a performing arts school place in London.

Erin summed up their feelings, “We are over the moon to be awarded such generous bursaries. We will both train hard to be better performers and are looking forward to it immensely.”

 

Sadie hits the big time!

Lily Field for websiteSeven-year-old Sadie Field could soon be as famous as Lisa Simpson or Minnie Mouse!

She has just provided the speaking and singing voice for one of the leading characters in a new cartoon for television.

Sadie took her professional recording debut in her stride (pictured above) and director Martin Hughes was delighted with her performance. “Sadie is a total star and was a delight to work with”, he enthused.

Sadie mum’s Jess, added: “We had a fantastic time and it was lovely to hear that the production staff thought Sadie was so professional.”

Talent runs in the Field family.  Sadie’s older sister, 10-year-old Lily (pictured right) , recently won the Junior Challenge Trophy at the Sefton Festival of Performing Arts. She scooped the top prize after gaining the highest marks for verse speaking, prose reading and solo acting.

Well Done Sadie and Lily!

Lamont Drama Pupil Stars in Game of Thrones

Luke 1Former Lamont Drama School pupil Luke Barnes is not only making waves as a small screen star but he is also making a name for himself as “a young playwright bursting with talent”.

Luke has been starring in TV’s massive hit series GAME OF THRONES as Rast. He started in the first series opposite Sean Bean and went on to appear in series three and four.  He has also appeared on TV in SKINS.

During his time at Lamont Drama School, Luke had great success in local drama festivals and in his LAMDA exams. He also successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre where he appeared in several of their productions. At 18, he left Lamont to study at the Oxford School of Drama.

But Luke’s talents are not just in front of the camera, he is also a highly successful playwright. His critically acclaimed play BOTTLENECK had a successful run at London’s Soho Theatre and his first play CHAPEL STREET ran at the Old Red Lion in Liverpool and in Edinburgh where it won the Old Vic New Voices award. In 2012 he was short-listed for an Off West End Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. He has also written EISTEDDFOD.

When CHAPEL STREET was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival it wowed critics. Fringe reviewer Jake Orr, said: “If anything is clear, Barnes is a young playwright bursting with talent.” Reviewer Joe Miller, added: “CHAPEL STREET makes the most of every moment and is consistently entertaining… his writing is both inventive and amusing.”

Mrs. Lamont is immensely proud of her former pupil:  “Luke began writing his own material when he was a teenager and performed them at local festivals. He’s not only one of the most talented pupils I’ve had the pleasure of teaching – but also one of the nicest. Keep the words flowing Luke – you’re a star!”

Join the Lamont Drama School!

If you would like to join the best of the best at the Lamont Drama School this September – then this is your chance!

The closely-banded-in-age classes have lots of boys and are all taught by award-winning teacher Mrs Diane Lamont.

Small and friendly, the classes cover all aspects of speech and drama and firmly place the emphasis on fun. They are great for boosting self-confidence and firing the imagination.

Pupils can go on to sit LAMDA exams, enter local drama festivals and appear on Hollyoaks.

Lesson fees can be paid in instalments if preferred. Classes are on a Saturday and through the week. All abilities welcome.

Please email diane@lamontcasting.co.uk for more details.

 

Hollyoaks Filming

Lamont pupils are enjoying working professionally on the hit Channel 4 drama series, Hollyoaks.

Lamont Drama School and Casting Agency Principal, Diane Lamont, said: “My working relationship with Lime Pictures goes back a long way because for many years I have supplied sixth-formers and young adults for Hollyoaks. I have a really great group of young people who just love being involved in the filming process.

However, I’m now providing more and more children and young teenagers. My own drama school pupils, and those within the casting agency, have grasped this opportunity with both hands with many of them regularly filming at the Childwall studios. It’s a great opportunity for them to get on set and see first-hand how the filming industry works. The only complaint that I ever get is how long they have to wait to see themselves on screen! I’m hopeful that many more will get the opportunity to take part over the coming months.”

Children and teenagers interested in joining the Lamont Drama School can get further information from Mrs Lamont by emailing diane@lamontcasting.co.uk. There are presently a few places available across most age groups.

If you live in the North-west and would like to join the Lamont Casting Agency, auditions are held twice a year. The agency is open to pupils from the Lamont Drama School and from other drama schools across Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and the Wirral.

Please email diane@lamontcasting.co.uk for more details.

McEvilly Magic!

Dominic McEvilly for website

It’s official – the McEvilly children have beautiful voices!

Nine-year-old Dominic is the voice behind the boy talking about vegetables in the ‘better like these’ Aldi TV ad.  Dominic’s selection by Aldi follows hot on the heels of his sister’s success.

Ten-year-old Elizabeth performs the voiceover for the recent Barclaycard ad.

“Dominic, Elizabeth and their sister 14-year-old Kathryn all have beautiful speaking voices,” said a delighted Mrs Lamont. “Over the years, they have consistently impressed adjudicators and examiners with their verse speaking and prose reading and their many talents are now being recognised by a wider audience.”

NYT success for senior pupils

Steven shoots from the hip to get into the NYT!

Steven shoots from the hip to get into the NYT!

Christie does a spot of 'market research'!

Christie does a spot of ‘market research’!

Congratulations to senior Lamont Drama pupils Christie Clark and Steven Daley who have both been invited to join the prestigious National Youth Theatre.

The two are following in the footsteps of some great names from the world of theatre, TV and film. Former NYT members include Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, David Walliams and Orlando Bloom.

Christie and Steven went through a gruelling audition process before securing their places and had to perform individually as well as taking part in a drama workshop. Nearly 5,000 youngsters were cut down to just over 500.

Christie and Steven, said” We are absolutely delighted to become NYT members and are looking forward to performing and making new friends.”