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NYT Success for Lamont Boys!

Lamont Drama School enjoyed ‘triple’ success in this year’s intake for the prestigious National Youth Theatre.

Rory Rushton (centre), Tom Lyon (right) Dan Anderson (left).

Rory Rushton (centre), Tom Lyon (right) Dan Anderson (left).

Rory Rushton (16) from Birkdale, Tom Lyon (17) from Formby and Dan Anderson (17) from Liverpool all successfully auditioned and will become fully-fledged NYT members later this year.

Rory, who has been a pupil at Lamont Drama since he was 4 and who will be starting his sixth-from studies at Merchant Taylors School this September, said: “I auditioned over the February half term in Manchester. We spent the morning doing improvisation work and group activities and then we had to select a solo piece to perform in the afternoon. I really enjoyed the day so I’m looking forward to the next stage.”

Tom said: “I was absolutely delighted when I got my email telling me I’d been successful. There were a lot of teenagers auditioning all week in Manchester so I feel very privileged to have been selected.”

Dan said: “The auditions were tough but we’d had some group lessons with Mrs Lamont beforehand which meant we were ready for whatever was thrown at us. I can’t wait to get started now.”

Mrs Lamont added, “Getting into the NYT is a fantastic achievement for Rory, Tom and Dan. I’m incredibly proud of all three.”

The boys will be taking part in the NYT’s two-week residential course in London. They are following in the footseteps of former NYT members Daniel Craig, Rosamund Pike, Matt Smith, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and Idris Elba.

Maybe the next James Bond or Doctor Who will come from Lamont Drama!

 

Hat Trick of Excellence!

 

Catarina Cardeira (centre) with brother Gabriel and Evie Clark

Catarina Cardeira (centre) with brother Gabriel and Evie Clark

Pupils entering the 2015 Wirral Festival of Music, Speech and Drama at Birkenhead High School enjoyed a competitive two days of performance impressing adjudicators Meriel Halsall-Williams, Paul Bench and David Fonville.

Out of 28 classes entered, Lamont Drama School won twenty-three 1st places, nineteen 2nd places and sixteen 3rd places.

At the festival, Catarina Cardeira became the third Lamont Drama School pupil to be invited to perform at The British and International Federation of Festivals 2015 North West Regional Championships.

Catarina was awarded 91 marks for her superb solo acting piece as Toad of Toad Hall at Wirral Festival. Three competitors were awarded this exceptionally high mark, but the committee decided to invite Catarina to be the drama representative for Wirral.

Catarina will join Josh Reais (representing Southport Festival) and Francesca Medlicott (representing Burnley Festival) at this prestigious event at the Festival Hall, Alderley Edge in September.

Said Mrs Lamont, “I’m arranging a mini-bus to get our 3 representatives – and their supporters – to the event. Catarina, Josh and Francesca have all done exceptionally well because the standard at all three festivals was very high indeed. It should be a lot of fun in September.”

“Well done to all pupils taking part! This level of success does not come without a huge amount of hard work and commitment from you all.”

Please see our drama/festivals/Wirral section for full results.

Duologue winners Liana & Calia Edwards

Liana & Calia Edwards

 

Enterprising Erin creates Opportunities!

Erin Clarke v 3Lamont pupil Erin Clarke never ‘rests on her laurels’. For the last few years, hard-working Erin has spent her summer holidays honing her craft at various dance and drama summer schools in London and in the North-west.

But the enterprising teen hasn’t stopped there, she is now gaining valuable experience as a member of YEP, the Young Everyman and Playhouse Programme for 11 to 25-year-olds.

Says Erin, “I love trying new things and learning as much as I can about performance. As part of the YEP programme, I’ll be working with professional actors, script writers and directors and will take part in performances at the end of each term.”

Energy, ambition and commitment – Erin has the lot! What a brilliant ambassador for the school.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Acts Up!

Andrew v3Congratulations to former student Andrew Fraser who has successfully auditioned to study for a BA Honours in Acting at LIPA.

Andrew, who joined Lamont Drama as a teenager, but quickly established himself as an excellent actor, will begin his 3-year course in September.

Said Andrew, “Around 2500 people audition for the acting course at LIPA and there are only 36 places awarded! People come from all over the world to audition so I am absolutely delighted to have been selected. In my first year I will be building on my acting techniques and in the second and third year, I will be focusing on professional performance. It’s a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”

Andrew added, “I’d like to say a big thank to Lamont because the monologue work and, of course, the improvements to my diction, and all the many other things that you taught me, made all the difference on the day!”

Mrs Lamont, friends at the school and former duologue partner, Rory Rushton, wishes Andrew every success in this exciting next step in his career. We’re all looking forward to seeing you on the West End and in the movies. Go Andrew!

 

Hot damn! Francesca Sweeps the Board at Burnley Drama Festival!

Catarina Cardeira

Francesca 2

Lamont Drama pupils had a whole lotta fun – and success – at Burnley Drama Festival!

Pupils all did particularly well in the Verse Speaking and Acting Classes. However, their success was topped by our lovely Francesca Medlicott (pictured), who had an exceptional festival!

Francesca’s infectious personality and talent for comedy-timing wowed the judges and gained her the highest mark of the festival for her brilliant solo acting piece. She was awarded The Lawrence Herbert Trophy , the Adjudicators’ Choice Burnley Gilbert & Sullivan Trophy and has been invited to represent Burnley Speech and Drama Festival at the North West Regional Championships 2015. Francesca will join fellow Lamont Drama School pupil Josh Reais at this prestigious event at the Festival Hall, Alderley Edge in September. Josh was nominated for this honour at the Southport Drama Festival and so both pupils will be representing drama festivals from the North-West.

Said Mrs Lamont, “I’m absolutely delighted with Francesca’s fabulous results from Burnley. She has been a pupil at the school for many years and always works hard and brings a fresh, creative energy to her drama pieces. Of course, I’m also immensely proud of all my pupils who performed at Burnley Drama Festival. Their professionalism shows in their excellent results.

Catarina Cardeira (also pictured) was congratulated on her performance by the Mayor of Burnley. Catarina was runner-up for the highest mark of the festival. She scored an impressive 90 for her solo acting piece but was just pipped at the post by Francesca. However, at Catarina’s young age, being awarded 90 is no mean feat!

 

 

NODA Awards for Anna & Lucas!

Lucas Frost

Lucas Frost

Anna McKenna

Anna McKenna

Anna McKenna and Lucas Frost’s superb acting abilities have been recognised by NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association).

Anna received her award for her performance in Be My Baby, a play by Amanda Whittington. Anna took the lead role of Mary, a 19 year old single girl who is seven months pregnant and who is sent away to a religious Mother and baby home to have the baby in secret. Anna played the part with great sincerity and authenticity despite only being 13 at the time! The play was reviewed by NODA and Anna was nominated for “best youth performer in an adult play”.

Lucas was nominated for Most Entertaining/Comedy performance in a Youth Musical  for his part of ‘Fat Sam’ in ‘Bugsy Malone’. He was 12 when he performed the part.

At NODA’s recent awards ceremony, Anna and Lucas were voted as winners in their categories.

Well done, Anna and Lucas!

 

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.”