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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!

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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!”

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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.

 

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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!

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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.”

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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.”

Sefton Festival is a winner!

Trophy winner Rory Rushton in action

Trophy winner Rory Rushton in action

Top prose reader, verse speaker and actress at the festival, Rebecca Dorrity

A sincere and moving performance from ‘Keeping Tom Nice’ from top prose reader, verse speaker and actress at the festival, Rebecca Dorrity

More than 90 children and teenagers took part in the inaugural Sefton Festival of Performing Arts held at Greenbank High school in Southport.

Lamont Drama pupils, alongside pupils from So Talented Academy of Music and Performing Arts and Starstruck Theatre School entered pupils in the one-day event which saw three adjudicators judging their performances in verse speaking, prose reading, solo acting and duologue and group acting. Competitors came from Crosby, Formby and Southport.

Adjudicator Anita Gilbert, said: “This is the first time that I have adjudicated in this part of the country and I was bowled over by the amount of talent here. Even the tiniest competitors, aged four and five, performed with great skill and confidence.”

Judge Stephen Owen , agreed, “The standard at Sefton Festival was extremely high. It made my job very hard because so many of the competitors gave award-winning performances.”

Trophies and medals, awarded to winners of individual classes,were presented to :- Josh Reais, Daniel Dunne, Rebecca Dorrity, Kathryn McEvilly, Dominic McEvilly, Elizabeth McEvilly, Caterina Cardeira, Gabriel Cardeira, Evie Clark, Ahmed Hassan, Amelia Rosin, Lily Field, Supraja Pulya, Leah-Marie Thompson, Loulou McElhinney, Francesca Medlicott, Rory Rushton, Amy Jackson.

Festival organisers, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Sefton Festival proved so enjoyable. Holding the festival on a Sunday meant the children did not have to miss school and we also saw a lot of dads being able to come along to watch their children perform.

“Sadly the festival movement around the country is dying off and Sefton is no different with both Blackpool and Crosby Festival coming to an end. The children gain so much from festivals and we will build on this year’s success to ensure it becomes a widely supported annual cultural event.We would like to thank Greenbank High School for giving the children the opportunity to perform on their superb stage and Southport Festival for their encouragement and donations of many of our winner’s trophies.”

In addition, the following pupils were awarded special trophies for the finest performances of the festival :-

Trophy for highest mark – shared by Ahmed Hassan, Rebecca Dorrity and Rory Rushton

Sefton Festival Senior Challenge Trophy (for verse, prose reading and solo act) – Rebecca Dorrity

Sefton Festival Junior Challenge Trophy (for verse, prose reading and solo act) – Lily Field