Lamont Casting Agency

Isla Gie is Cindy Lou at the London opening of the UK Tour!

Congratulations to 8-year-old Isla Gie who successfully opened and closed the London run of the first-ever UK Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Isla and the cast opening in London – Isla is centre stage next to the The Grinch played by the brilliantly funny Edward Baker-Duly

At a special reception at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London, Isla had the honour of meeting esteemed American playwright Timothy Mason who wrote the book and lyrics for the original Broadway musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! In 2006.

Isla, sharing the stage with the brilliant Edward Baker-Duly as The Grinch, was delighted to receive standing ovations from the sold-out final night in London.

The Whos and the Grinch become friends and Isla receives an extra special hug from the Grinch himself inside the Christmas wreath!

Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”, Max the Dog narrates the show, as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is ‘two sizes too small’, decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos.

Isla is excited to perform with TV and film star Gregor Fisher in Edinburgh

Magnificent sets designed by John Lee Beatty and costumes designed by Robert Morgan are inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations and help to transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, and to conjure the true meaning of Christmas. The production is based on the show originally created by Tony Award winning director, Jack O’Brien and choreographer John DeLuca. The show broke box office records for two consecutive years on Broadway. Since then, more than 2 million people across America have been thrilled by this heart-warming musical.

Says Mrs Lamont: “I was lucky enough to attend the grand opening of the UK Tour at the New Wimbledon Theatre. It was simply sensational. The cast is superb, and Isla sparkled as the first-ever UK Cindy Lou”.

Isla said: “It was really good fun getting to know the choreography and the cast in the three weeks of rehearsals in London and now that the shows have started it’s even better. I feel very lucky to be playing Cindy Lou. It’s such a colourful, happy show with lots of big dance numbers. My favourite moment is singing ‘Santa for a Day’ to the Grinch because that helps him grow a bigger heart.”

Griff Rhys Jones joins the show for Cardiff and for the main Christmas run in Salford.

The show visits Cardiff, Edinburgh and Birmingham in November and December, ahead of a its 4-week Christmas season at The Lowry in Salford starting on Tuesday 10th  December 2019. Isla is performing in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Salford. She has been given the honour of  performing on Press Night at the Lowry. She is also very excited to be performing in shows on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Go Isla and all the cast for an enjoyable and successful UK Tour!

 

Tori Receives Sensational Reviews!

Former assistant teacher at Lamont Drama Tori Hargreaves is lighting up the professional stage once more in Soho Cinders, a deliciously naughty musical update of the Cinderella story.

The gorgeous Tori Hargreaves

The musical is based around impoverished student Robbie who becomes romantically involved with engaged London Mayoral candidate James Prince. James and Robbie’s worlds collide, forcing them to fight for their own fairy-tale ending. Celebrating London’s most colourful district and mixing politics, sex-scandals and true love, Soho Cinders has an infectious score that you’ll be humming long past the stroke of midnight! The music is by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe.

Tori, who was a pupil at Lamont Drama before being made an assistant teacher, plays Marilyn Platt, James Prince’s fiancée. She has received rave reviews for her performances:-

“The most emotionally affecting scenes are between well-meaning but closeted politician James Prince, played by Lewis Asquith and his fiancée played by Tori Hargreaves. Hargreaves is totally credible as the ‘university girlfriend become political asset’ and her duet ‘Remember Us’ was beautifully done. Hargreaves duet with Millie O’Connell was a wonderfully poignant moment and both women were simply terrific.”

“The serene and patient fiancée (Tori Hargreaves) displays the stoic resolve, dignity and good grace of a woman wronged by her lover’s infidelity and their songs together possess real pathos”.

“Sterling support from Lewis Asquith as James and Tori Hargreaves as his long-suffering fiancée”.

“Tori Hargreaves constantly impresses”.

“Also of note is the acting chops of Tori Hargreaves….she is heartbreaking and powerful”.

“Tori Hargreaves was the stand-out performance for me”.

Stiles and Drewe’s Soho Cinders began its run in October at Charing Cross Theatre in London and continues until 21st December.

Says Mrs Lamont:  I recently caught up with Tori and her mum Debbie in London. It’s always a delight to see her doing so well. She is, and always was, a natural comedienne with brilliant timing. She is the same bubbly and fun Tori as she was when she joined the school as a seven-year-old and it’s a joy to see her living her dream.”

 

Tori with the cast of Soho Cinders

Super Southport Festival!

We had a super couple of days at Southport Festival of Music and Drama.  So proud of you all for your outstanding performances.

Eight-year-old Grace Hayes took 1st place with her Prose Reading

Super work from 12-year-old Jemima Brooks.

Jasmine McElhinney (13) took 1st place for her Verse Speaking and 3rd third place for Prose Reading. She was also awarded 3rd place for her duologue with partner 14-year-old Ellie Edwards. Go girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome acting from Zara (8) and Esme (8).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freddie scored top marks in Solo acting and Verse Speaking.

Freddie and Emily head for Neverland!

Super talented Freddie Thomason (8) and Emily Rimmer (13) are riding on a crest of a wave after the pair were cast as ‘Lost Boys’ in the Liverpool Empire’s Peter Pan.

The spectacular panto, starring Tony Maudsley, John Evans and Asa Elliott, promises a swashbuckling family adventure that you’ll never forget! Its packed full of evil pirates, lost boys, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest man in Neverland, Captain Hook. With jaw-dropping flying and special effects, barrel-loads of laughter and a ship-full of magic and fairy dust there’s plenty of festive fun for everyone. It runs from Saturday, December 7 until Sunday, December 29.

13-year-old Emily

 

8-year-old Freddie

Says Mrs Lamont: ” I’m very excited for Emily and Freddie as I know they will have a great time in panto. Emily and Freddie are both hard workers with loads of talent.”

Freddie’s success follows on from some other drama highs. Firstly, he got Distinction for his latest LAMDA exam in the Speaking of Verse & Prose with a mark of 91 (he also got Distinction for his previous exam with a mark of 95). Then he performed a solo acting piece, for the first time, at Southport Festival of Music and Drama, and took 1st place. He was also awarded a 3rd place certificate for his verse speaking.

Mrs Lamont, adds: “I was not surprised when Freddie was selected to be part of the Empire’s professional pantomime. He oozes confidence and always has a twinkle in his eye. Teaching Freddie is extra special for me because I also taught drama to his lovely Mum Danielle. Just like his mum, he has bags of talent and works very hard to perfect his performances. I think he will gain such a lot appearing in pantomime and I know he is looking forward to it immensely.”

Freddie will be appearing in Peter Pan at Liverpool Empire on December 7 (2.00 pm and 7.00 pm), December 12 (1.00 pm and 7.00 pm), December 14 (1.00 pm and 7.00 pm), December 17 (11.am and 7.00 pm), December 20 (2.00 pm and 7.00 pm), December 22 (1.00 pm and 5.00 pm), December 24 (1.00 pm and 5.00 pm), December 27 (2.00 pm and 7.00 pm, December 29 (1.00 pm and 5.00 pm).

The gorgeous Freddie and his equally gorgeous Mum Danni

 

Oliver meets Stephen Fry!

Having had great success at festivals performing an hilarious Stephen Fry sketch, Oliver Bigley was delighted to meet the man himself.

Oliver, who is studying Latin and Ancient Greek at Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School, met Stephen at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall when he performed Mythos; A Trilogy by Stephen Fry – Gods.

Oliver meets Stephen!

In the plays, Stephen Fry takes to the stage in the company of the Greek gods, heroes and men whose gripping tales still echo today. The trilogy charts the creation of the Cosmos and the primordial deities; the splendidly bloody interbreeding and family feuding that led to the rise of the Olympians – Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Athena, Hermes and the rest; and the creation of Humankind.

Says Oliver: “I went to all three nights at the Phil. His shows were really enjoyable and it was great to meet Stephen in person”.

Martha Gets the Filming Bug!

Eight-year-old Martha Last had a brilliant time filming Halford’s new TV advert.

Martha and her dad Greg (who also features in the advert) travelled to Worthing on the South coast for the shoot.

Martha’s Mum, Catherine Last, says: “They had the BEST day!! Greg said Martha was so very professional and was so proud of her. She totally has the filming bug now!”

Says Mrs Lamont, “Martha auditioned in Manchester for the role. Usually filming schedules include a wardrobe fitting but I think this is the first time an agency member has had a scooter and bike fitting! As you can see from their smiling faces, Dad and daughter had a great time together enjoying two nights in a London hotel and first-class travel!  Well done to you both!”

 

Brilliant LAMDA Results for Lamont Pupils

Congratulations to all pupils for gaining such excellent results in the last session of LAMDA Examinations. 35 children took the exams – from introductory to Grade 8 (Gold Medal) and there were 32 Distinctions and 3 High Merits.

The following pupils all got Distinction (with those gaining a fantastic 90 and over marked)

SPEAKING OF VERSE AND PROSE

Introductory 3

Gadowl Oyedeji (D – 98)

Entry

Zara Murray-Cakar (D), Sujaani Mathanraj (D), Grace Hayes (D – 90), Freddie Thomason (D – 91),

Lois Cringle (D – 94), Esme Goatcher (D – 96), Martha Last (D – 98)

Grade 1

Jesikka Rajkumar (D – 90)

 

Grade 2

Jake Ashcroft (D), Dominic Oliver (D), Vaishana Ilanko (D – 95)

Grade 3

Serafina Campolucci-Bordi (D), Flyn Aindow (D), Milind Potla (D)

Grade 4

Vaishali Ilanko (D), Lori-Jo Quinney (D – 92)

Grade 5

Louisa Whorton (D), Alexander Goldman (D), Matilda Brookes-Jones (D – 94)

Grade 6

Varshaa Premakantha (D), Catarina Cardeira (D – 90)

 

Grade 8

Priya Lal (D), Grace Farnell (D – 97)

 

SOLO ACTING EXAMS

Grade 6

Jasmine McElhinney (D),  Henry Leason (D),  Evie Clark (D), Faye Hannaway (D – 93), Orlando-Campolucci-Bordi (D – 93)

Grade 7

Kristina Rawsthorne (D)

Grade 8

Joe Houghton (D), Francesca Medlicott (D – 97)

Former Pupil award-winning playright Luke Barnes teams up with NYT

Our very own Luke Barnes’ latest piece of writing ‘Lost Boys’ kicks off at Unity Theatre in Liverpool in September. Luke, an award-winning playwright, excels at writing topical, though-provoking material.

This brand new commission from National Youth Theatre Alumnus and Luke is a play for everyone about growing up in a new northern town, exploring how where you’re from and gender identity affects who you are, who you become and your mental health.

The play opens at the Unity Theatre, followed by a tour of community venues across Merseyside.

Success for Erin & Rory

Sending warmest congratulations to two of my most loved former pupils.

Firstly to Erin Clarke who has secured a place at the prestigious Central School of Drama in London.

Erin sill be studying Drama, Applied Theatre and Education from September.

 

She says: “I absolutely delighted to have been offered this opportunity. The audition was challenging, and though-provoking and I can’t wait to get started. I’d like to thank you Mrs Lamont for always believing in me and encouraging me to do my best and to believe in myself. Without all of that and the industry experience you provided, an opportunity like this would have been out of my reach.

Says Mrs Lamont: “This is a fantastic achievement and I am so very proud of Erin.  Her special perseverance, conscientiousness and incredible talent have paid off. As you can see from her comments, Erin is not only super-talented but refreshingly humble and a lovely person. She was a delight whether studying for exams, festivals or in our fun general classes. My time spent teaching her will remain one of my fondest memories.

Keep in touch Erin and let us know how you get in on this next exciting stage of your life.”

Also enjoying success is 20-year-old Rory Rushton (aka much-loved nephew).

Rory, studied drama at the Lamont School from aged 4, doing his first duologue ‘Jan Klaason’ with Rebecca Dorrity at the Crosby Festival. They, of course, scooped 1st place for sheer cuteness – and talent! Rory (and Rebecca) went on great success in festivals and their LAMDA exams before leaving to both go to Lancaster University!

After the first 2 years of his Accountancy and Finance Degree, Rory has been awarded a Scholarship Placement with top finance company Fitch Ratings in Canary Wharf, London.

Says Rory: This is a fantastic opportunity for me. I’ve been in London for 6 weeks and I’m loving every minute of it. I’m sharing a house in Greenwich with four other Lancaster students on the scholarship programme. It’s great fun as we are all new to London so we’re exploring it together. My first day at Fitch was on a team building day on a city farm in Tower Hamlets. I had a great day mucking out with my new team and bosses!

Rory down on the farm!

I will return to Lancaster to finish my degree in September 2020 and after that I hope to return to Fitch as a Graduate Associate”.

The 5 Lancaster Scholarship interns (Rory second from left)

 

Rory’s latest success follows on from him being awarded a Harrison Scolarship from Merchant Taylors’ School of Boys for exceptional ‘A’ Level results and being awarded a Lancaster Excellence Scholarship.

Ever happy Rory!

 

Says Mrs Lamont: “Rory’s academic success is down to him being an exceptional hard worker and dedicated student. He says he learnt his great work ethic from Merchant Taylors and from Lamont Drama School (especially from me and my motto …fail to prepare, prepare to fail!) . I’m delighted to accept credit, Rory!”

Go Rory!

 

 

 

It’s Official! Lamont Pupils have impeccable manners and work their socks off!

HIP HOP HOORAY! for these fantastic pupils from my 9.45 am Saturday class and 5.30 pm Monday class.

Festivals and LAMDA exams bring Lamont pupils many trophies, certificates and medals – but none are more well-earned than the school’s End of Year Special Awards.

I am extremely proud to announce the results from just two of my classes. Seven-year-old TILLY BLUNDELL, 7-year-old FREDDIE THOMASON and 8-year-old AIDEN BARCLAY won medals for Achievement, Endeavour and Politeness. Equally fabulous and winning medals were SUJAANI MATHANRAJ, ZARA MURRAY-CAKAR, GRACE HAYES, LOIS CRINGLE and JESIKKA RAJKUMAR

Their immaculate behaviour and sheer joy of life makes them a dream to teach – and I look forward to my time spent with them – and the rest of my pupils, each and every week!

I’d like to wish all  of my fabulous pupils, a well-deserved Summer break. I look forward to seeing everyone back in September for more excellent teamwork and fun.  Enjoy!

Awesome Aiden!

Fantastic Freddie!

Terrific Tilly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5.30 pm Monday class, from left to right:
SUJAANI MATHANRAJ (8), ZARA MURRAY-CAKAR (8),
GRACE HAYES (8),
LOIS CRINGLE (8) and
JESIKKA RAJKUMAR (8)