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Rory gets a 1st!

Congratulations to Rory Rushton on his sensational 1st Class Honours degree from Lancaster University.

Rory, a very successful Lamont student, in both festivals and LAMDA exams, (a.k.a also cherished nephew!) has just completed his four-year Finance and Accounting Degree with the news of achieving a 1st!

Sadly, no graduation ceremony until 2022, but plenty to celebrate nevertheless!

Rory was accepted into the National Youth Theatre in his teens after many years of success in verse, prose, solo and group acting in drama festivals. In 2020, he spent his placement year at Fitch Ratings as an Associate Analyst in London’s Canary Wharf after being awarded a scholarship place on the company’s Placement Initiative. He will return to Fitch Ratings in September as a full-time analyst on their graduate fast-track scheme.

Rory returns to Fitch Ratings in September

He said: “It’s been a challenging time with Covid restrictions impacting on both my final year at university and on my placement. Fortunately, things relaxed just in time for me to get in some end of exams celebrations. All my friends have done well so we are celebrating with a holiday in Edinburgh.  My manager at Fitch told me he was more impressed with the fact that I’d gone to NYT than any of my exam results – so all I can say to current pupils is give it a go!  I never thought that such a great experience would also play such an important part in getting a job!”

Rory’s Fitch Placement wasn’t all completed in the office!

Says Mrs Lamont: “Super proud of my nephew who always gives 100% to whatever he’s doing! However, I never imagined when, as a five-year-old, reciting ‘Roger was a Razor Fish’ at Southport Festival, that it would be the first of so many successful moments. Well done, Rory! You’ve got a great work ethic which I hope you, partly, learnt at Lamont Drama!”

Fun Saturdays are back!

Last Day of Filming for Lois!

Last day of filming for 9-year-old Lamont pupil Lois Cringle on the BBC1 comedy drama The Responder.

Martin Freeman and Faye McKeever with Lois

Lois, who plays Lexie, is pictured with fellow actor Martin Freeman who played Watson in the BBC’s contemporary adaptation Sherlock. Martin also played Bilbo Baggins in the three-part Peter Jackson film series The Hobbit, as well as numerous other successful film and TV series. Martin plays the lead character in The Responder.

Also pictured is Faye McKeever (Trollied, Death in Paradise), who plays her mum in the series.

Lois waiting to do her final scenes!

Lois has had a brilliant time filming and now we all can’t wait to see her in the series when it airs.

Well Done, Lois!

Happiness in Hastings

HASTINGS VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, DANCE, SPEECH AND DRAMA

Well done to Gabriel, Serafina, Orlando, Evie, Verity, Amelie, Martha, Freddie and Grace who took part in the Hastings Festival recently.

The drama adjudicator Jean-Marc Perret was very impressed with Lamont pupils and awarded them very high marks, picking them out for glowing praise in every section entered.

The School entered 12 classes and gained 8 1st places, 6 2nds and 5 3rds.

1st places were won by:

Orlando Campolucci-Bordi – for Set poem (Yrs 9/10/11), Sonnet (any age) and Prose Speaking (Yrs 9/10/11)

Martha Last – for Prose Speaking (Yr 3-6) and Humorous Verse (Yrs 3/4)

Evie Clark – Dramatic Monologue (Yr 7/8) and with sister Verity – Dramatic Duologue (Yr 7/8)

Gabriel Osborne – Dramatic Monologue (Yr 6 and under)

Congratulations to you all!

Lamont Drama Goes International

Not many good things have come out of Covid – but one unexpected development is Lamont Drama becoming an ‘international’ school.

Mrs Lamont is still doing the majority of her teaching via skype and this has opened a lot of new doors.

It started when Mrs Lamont began teaching the Oyedeji family from the Wirral by Skype.  Itsoghena, Ifeoluwa, Chayil and Gadowl have all been getting excellent results in their LAMDA exams.

Mrs Lamont was next approached by former pupil Nick Henderson, who wanted to arranged Skype LAMDA lessons for his daughter, 10-year-old Amélie Henderson, in California! The lessons have proved very successful and Amélie recently passed her Grade 4 LAMDA exam with the very high Distinction mark of 94. Amélie had all of her weekly lessons via skype and then ‘virtually’ sat her exam with her in America and her LAMDA examiner in the UK.

Dad Nick & Amelie in California

Now, Mrs Lamont has been asked to teach a new pupil in Switzerland and one slightly nearer to home in Plymouth.

Clocks, chocolate and Lamont Drama in Switerland!

Said Mrs Lamont: “I never thought I would enjoy doing so much remote teaching but it’s not until you try something new that you realise it can work really well.  Due to necessity, I have honed the Skype experience so that it is as good as having face-to-face teaching and I now really look forward to seeing all my lovely pupils pop up on screen.

“The benefit is that I can teach anyone, anywhere in the world as long as they have a good internet connection. It’s certainly added a new dimension to the drama school and it’s very interesting and rewarding for me to teach pupils from different countries and cultures.

“Even for those nearer to home, for some families, a mixture of Skype lessons in the early stages and then face-to-face sessions nearer to the exam is their preference. I think in these challenging times the key to success is being as flexible and accommodating as possible.

“I hope my list of Cyprus, America, Switzerland, Cumbria, London, Nottingham, Plymouth and the Wirral continues to grow and Lamont Drama continues to reach out to pupils around the world!”

‘Verity’s virtuoso performance is va-va-voom!

In the latest round of LAMDA examinations, 8 pupils sat and of those 6 gained Distinction – all with marks in the 90s. Two gained commendable merits.

Said Mrs Lamont : “I’d like to single out Verity Clark who did particularly well gaining her Grade 8 Gold Medal with 94 marks – a month after her 12th birthday!  She is one of the youngest pupils to take Grade 8.   Verity started her LAMDA journey in 2013 and has achieved Distinction for every exam.  Her hard work and talent have always shone through.  It has been such an enjoyable 8 years to teach such a wonderful pupil!”

The results are as follows :-

Speaking of Verse and Prose

Entry                     Joseph Edwards (93)

Grade 3                Freddie Thomason (95)

Grade 4                Olivia Hall (90), Martha Last (90), Amelie Henderson (94)

Grade 5                Vaishana Ilanko (Merit)

Grade 7                Vaishali Ilanko (Merit)

Grade 8                Verity Clark (94)

Trophies for the highest marks from the March/April session will be awarded to:

JUNIOR                Joseph Edwards (93)

MIDDLE                April Humphreys (98)

SENIOR                 Louisa Whorton (99)

Congratulations to you all.

TV Star Lois Back by Popular Demand!

Good news for Lamont pupil 9-year-old Lois Cringle!

Her character of Lexie has been written to re-appear in the final episode of the new six-part BBC1 police comedy-drama The Responder. The final episode’s cast has just been released to casting agents and Lois is being asked to be available from May 25th to June 17th.

Well done, Lois, you must have done an excellent job as Lexie – for the production to want to see more of your character.

Lois has already enjoyed filming for scenes in earlier episodes in the series alongside Liverpool actor Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone), who plays Lexie’s Dad.

Lois and Ian Hart who plays her Dad!

A star in the making!

Onward and Upward for Gabriel!

We are excited to hear about the next chapter for Gabriel Cardeira.

Gabriel, who has been a Lamont pupil since junior school, is keen to study drama at a higher level and has had a number of fantastic offers from which to choose.

He received offers from Trinity St. David Wales, Arden and UCLAN.

He’s decided to go to UCLAN and as they offered him an unconditional offer in BA Hons Acting, Gabriel’s place is already secure.

Congratulations Gabriel! Gabriel’s talent for acting has shone through over the years both at festivals and in his LAMDA exams, culminating in him passing Grade 8 – Gold Medal – with Distinction.

Gabriel

“I’m really excited!” said Gabriel. “I think UCLAN is the right place for me and that I will really benefit from the course and enjoy it as well! I want to say a big thank you for all of the hard work from Mrs Lamont to get me to this point and for the nice gestures of festival scholarships.”

Said Mrs Lamont: “ It’s always bittersweet when my long-standing pupils leave. I will, of course, miss Gabriel as I’ve been teaching him for a long time but I’m also  immensely proud of him and excited for him as he takes this next step. Gabriel – you’ve been a real pleasure – and I wish you every success in this new venture. Keep in touch! “

Whoop Whoop! NYT Here We Come!

Massive congratulations to the latest Lamont pupils who have been accepted by the prestigious National Youth Theatre (NYT).

Ellie Edwards (16) from Formby and Itsoghena Oyedeji (17) from Hoylake heard this week that ‘They’re in!”.

Ellie Edwards

Itsoghena Oyedeji

Following their tough auditions, they both received a letter inviting them to become a member of the National Youth Theatre by completing an acting intake course with them.

The intake course, held in the Summer, will bring together talented successful auditionees from around the UK for an intensive programme of workshops led by industry professionals from their experienced NYT Associate Artists pool.

The course culminates in an informal sharing of work and leads to NYT membership and the opportunity to appear in future NYT productions, access professional castings and much more. This is a huge achievement for both girls, well done!

We are also keeping fingers well and truly crossed for Henry Leason (15) from Formby, who is on the reserve list. Well done Henry! You narrowly missed out but you obviously impressed and there’s still a chance you may be able to attend.

Henry Leason

All three have been attending classes with Lamont School for many years.

Ellie and Itsoghena took all their LAMDA exams finishing with Grade 8 in the 90s for both.

Ellis Excels!

Congratulations to Lamont pupil, Ellis Coulter, who has been offered places at the following drama schools: Italia Conti, Drama Studio, American Academy Of Dramatic Arts, The Oxford School Of Drama and 4th Monkey.

After much consideration, Ellis has decided to take up the offer from THE OXFORD SCHOOL OF DRAMA and will start there in September.

Ellis has won many prizes at drama competitions over the years and has passed his LAMDA exams with Distinctions.

Last year he was accepted as a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and completed the course last Summer.

Says Mrs Lamont: “I know Ellis will give 100% to the course as he has such a strong commitment to learning and giving his best. He has been a wonderful student and I will miss teaching him but I am absolutely delighted that he has secured a place as such a prestigious drama school. Luke Barnes, another former Lamont pupil, who is now a very successful playwright and who appeared in Game of Thrones, also attended The Oxford School of Drama”.

Keep in touch, Ellis!