Lamont Casting Agency

Fairy-tale time for Evie and Lori-Jo

Lamont pupils eight-year-old Evie Clark from Southport and seven-year-old Lori-Jo Quinney

From Bootle starred in the RSC and CBeebies’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The production, which was filmed at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre was aired on William Shakespeare’s birthday, as part of BBC’s month-long Shakespeare Festival celebrating of one of the greatest writers of all time.

Evie (left) and Lori Jo (right) looking absolutely gorgeous as fairies.

Evie (left) and Lori Jo (right) looking absolutely gorgeous as fairies.

Said Evie: “I absolutely loved filing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The make-up and costumes were amazing and I loved playing two parts. I was a page as well as Peaseblossom which meant I got to wear two costumes instead of one!”

Lori Jo, agreed: “I liked being in the theatre because all the fairies made it feel really magical. Being on TV means I can keep it forever.”

Children’s favourites Justin Fletcher and Ben Faulks (Mr Tumble and Mr Bloom) starred alongside CBeebies presenters Andy Day, Rebecca Keatley, Pui Fan Lee and Chris Jarvis. William Shakespeare was played by CBeebies’ Robert The Robot, Steven Kynman and Justin Fletcher played Bottom.






The week long experience of rehearsals, dress rehearsals and filming came after Evie auditioned for the role several weeks earlier.

She explains: “I was very excited when I went for my audition. I was auditioning to be one of the fairies so the night before I read the story and learnt about the characters.

“My audition was with two casting directors from the BBC, called Angela and Lucy.  They were really nice. When it was my turn I went into the audition room and they asked me, “do you know the story?”  I retold them the story from start to finish, and they said, “Wow, you knew that really well.

“I had to choose to be one of the fairies and then I got to say some lines and mime a part of the story. Then they filmed me performing a few times. At the end of the audition they asked me if I had any questions to ask them and I did! I asked them “If they could pick one of the fairies which one would they choose and what would they wear. They were excited to tell me their favourites. They were really friendly and I really enjoyed the audition. I found out the following week that I had got a part.  I was SUPER HAPPY because this is the first part I’ve ever got!

“Filming with everyone was even more fun than the audition. I just didn’t want the week to end!”


The whole cast

The whole cast

Evir and Lori Jo get down to some serious rehearsing with the RSC/CBeebies production team.

Evie and Lori Jo get down to some serious rehearsing with the RSC/CBeebies production team.


Lovely Lauren on stage and screen

Laurie OgdenFormer Lamont pupil Lauren Ogden has been picking up rave reviews for her acting – even before finishing her degree.

Our lovely Lauren – now known in Spotlight as Laurie Ogden – recently starred in How To Survive A Swarm Of Bees at the Lyric Hammersmith. She also appeared in two fringe plays – Staircases by Antonym Theatre and Dust never settles in Torchlight by Naked Feet Physical Theatre.

 Lauren’s wonderful acting skills were spotted by a reviewer, who said: “in Staircases, Laurie Ogden should also be praised, not only for her impeccable range of hairstyles but also for her powerful delivery in the doctor and patient vignette. A brilliant idea, expertly executed. All involved should be very proud of what they’ve produced.”

Praise was equally high for Lauren in Dust Never Settles in Torchlight.  “I was blown away, utterly blown away by this show. I feel confident in calling it the best piece of physical theatre I have seen in a very long time. The entire cast ebb and flow around each other in a manner that mesmerises the viewer mere seconds into the performance. The most memorable performance of the piece comes from Laurie Ogden, who you’ll remember from the previous review, in the role of Myrrha, who here serves as a living embodiment of how a vast array of relentless, devastating emotion can be conveyed without a single word spoken. Odgen is proof of the power of physical theatre when put into capable, dedicated hands. The choreography in itself is simply marvellous, but it takes the right actor to use that choreography to its fullest effect. Ogden is such an actor.

As well as wowing audiences on stage, Lauren has also done a commercial for Late Rooms.

Fantastic news, Lauren (or should we say Laurie!)



Hollyaoks Casting Director visits Lamont Studios

A Senior Casting Director from Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures) visited the drama studio recently to do some exciting casting workshops.

Said Mrs. Lamont: “Pupils had a great time honing their audition skills as well as having a lot of fun. We hope to make it a regular event.”


Lamont Casting has a long-history of providing cast members to the award-winning drama series.

In 2005, Lamont Casting member Hannah Rigby from St Helens got the role of Hannah Ashworth in Hollyoaks at the age of 15. She was given praise and recognition for her anorexia storyline in which she was nominated for various awards. Since leaving Hollyoaks in 2010, Emma has appeared in the West End and in numerous screen roles including Prisoners’ Wives, Ripper Street and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

Emma was a delightful member of the Lamont Casting Agency and we continue to follow her career with pride.

The upcoming casting workshop will give a new generation of talented Lamont Casting Agency members to shine.


Former Lamont Casting Member Emma Rigby

Former Lamont Casting Member Emma Rigby






ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" stars Emma Rigby as The Red Queen.

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” stars Emma Rigby as The Red Queen.

Rosa revels in revelation!

Little Rosa Tinsley has the face of an angel but fans of the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks will have recognised her as ‘young’ Lindsey Butterfield – the Gloved Hand Killer!

During the episode in which the identity of the murderer was revealed, eight-year-old Rosa acted out a flashback scene from Lindsey’s childhood when she shockingly pushes her sister into a lake.

The climax of the major storyline was shown as part of Hollyoaks’ 20th Anniversary Celebrations so was particularly exciting for Rosa to be part of the shock revelation.

Rosa’s mum, Victoria, said: “Rosa had an incredible time. She worked with a stunt co-coordinator and the director to perfect the action of pushing her sister into the lake. Fortunately, that involved a crash mat and no-one actually got wet! Her filming took place at the Lime Pictures studios and on location at Knowsley Hall.

Rosa added: “It was really exciting. When I was filming, the crew was also recording a high speed police car chase which was fun to watch from the actors’ Winnebago!  I knew my story was part of a big storyline and I enjoyed keeping the plot a secret.”

Rosa enjoys her lunch in between takes!

Rosa enjoys her lunch in between takes!

The day after the episode was transmitted, Rosa went to London with her sisters and saw lots of London buses with the sign on the side of them saying: “Hollyoaks – One Killer Week”.

“It was funny to see the buses and know I was a part of it”, laughed Rosa.

Rosa Tinsley is a member of the Lamont Casting Agency.

Rosa Tinsley

Rosa Tinsley



Panto Season – here we come!

Ten-year-old Freya Latham and 13-year-old Dominique Eccles are in big demand! They both successfully auditioned for professional pantomimes and are looking forward to joining their teams this Christmas. Freya will be performing at the Liverpool Empire in Dick Whittington.

Freya Latham stars in Dick Whittington at the Liverpool Empire

Freya Latham stars in Dick Whittington at the Liverpool Empire

Dominique is appearing at Southport Theatre in Aladdin.

Dominique Eccles stars in Aladdin at the Southport Theatre

Dominique Eccles stars in Aladdin at the Southport Theatre

Not only that, both girls have successfully auditioned to be part of  SONG’s next production. SONG is the award-winning production company for 10-18-year-olds.

10-year-old Freya

10-year-old Freya

Freya, who recently achieved the exceptional Distinction marks of 94 and 95 in her LAMDA exams, will be performing alongside Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street, Mount Pleasant) as Fairy Fazakerley, Radio City’s Leanne Campbell as Alice Fitzwarren, Eric Potts as Sarah the Cook (Coronation Street), City Talk’s Pete Price as Alderman Fitzwarren and Kurtis Stacey (Emmerdale) in the title role of Dick Whittington. Freya’s delighted mum, Louise, said: “She is beyond excited. It was difficult to choose between the two pantomimes because both sounded really fun. In the end, she decided to join the Liverpool Empire’s team and she can’t wait to see the panto’s added bonus of a scene in 3D!”

13-year-old Dominique

13-year-old Dominique

Dominique will be performing alongside David Lonsdale (Heartbeat) as Widow Twankey and popular Radio City presenter Claire Simmo, Scott Wright, Ann Marie Davies and Laura Robson. Dominique’s mum, Gill, said: “We are incredibly excited about Dominique appearing in Aladdin. She is also looking forward to being in SONG’s ’80 Days Around the World’ production. It is the second year she will perform with them so that makes it even more special.”

Both girls are members of Lamont Casting Agency.

Talented Lucas Gives Us More!

Lucas Frost is about to step on the wrong side of the law – but all for a good cause.

The 14-year-old is playing the Artful Dodger in BOS Musical Theatre Company’s production of Oliver!

The Lionel Bart favourite, opens at Southport Little Theatre, on October 3 to October 10, and Lucas can’t wait to play the lovable rogue.

Lucas Frost as the Artful Dodger

Lucas Frost as the Artful Dodger

“The Artful Dodger is a fantastic part to play but actually everything about the musical is great. We’ve got a professional 12 piece ‘traditional’ orchestra with strings, woodwind, brass and percussion so the wonderful music will really come to life,” said Lucas.

Playing Fagan’s sidekick is not the first time Lucas has stolen the limelight. He won a prestigious NODA award for ‘Most Entertaining/Comedy Performance in a Youth Musical for his part of ‘Fat Sam’ in Bugsy Malone when he was just 12.  Oliver flyer

Talented Lucas is a member of the Lamont Casting Agency.


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Summer in the City with NYT

This summer, three Lamont teenagers had the unique experience of taking part in the National Youth Theatre’s two-week residential course in London. Rory Rushton (16) from Birkdale, Tom Lyon (17) from Formby and Dan Anderson (17) from Liverpool were split across 10 groups for the duration of the course, coming together at the end to perform their group performance pieces which they had devised on the theme of “Extreme”.


Rory's Group 9 performing their piece "Extreme".

Rory’s Group 9 performing their piece “Extreme”.

Rory who wants to study Economics at university and Tom who wants to study Drama at drama school or university, talk about their experiences below:-

Rory Rushton was a member of Course 9

My NYT adventure began with an intense audition day in February at the Lowry in Manchester. During that day, we spent the morning doing a variety of improvisations. I’d been told by Mrs Lamont that the directors wanted to see great team players who showed no inhibitions whatsoever. Not so easy when you’re being asked to be a pomegranate! Later on, we were judged individually and I performed “Living on the Edge”, a black comedy based on the banking crisis in the City. In May, I got an email to say I was in and before I knew it, it was August and I was checking in to the McMillan Student Village in South East London ready to start the following morning.

I can’t lie, it was very daunting knowing no-one. A lot of the students were from London and, even though I’ve done lots of drama festivals and LAMDA exams, they all seemed much more worldly than me. But it quickly got better and I can honestly say that the whole experience was truly life-changing. I made so many friends, learnt so much and felt my confidence soaring. From a bit of a shaky start, it turned into one of the most fun and positive things I’ve ever done and I’m now going back next year as an ambassador to help other ‘newbies’ settle in and get as much out of the experience as I did.

I’m never going to be the next Daniel Craig but I’ve got some great memories from Summer 2015 and I hope my experience as an NYT member will at least give me an edge in the boardroom!

Rory (back row, far left) is pictured with Course 9 and assistant course director Kwami Odoom.

Rory (back row, far left) is pictured with Course 9 and assistant course director Kwami Odoom.


Tom Lyon was a member of Course 5

My two weeks with the National Youth Theatre in LABAN was an amazing experience which I will never forget. It was great to work and socialise with people who all have a common interest in the arts. I would like to say a thank you again to Mrs Lamont for helping me to be successful in my audition.

The whole thing was great, but I particularly enjoyed creating our devised pieces. Our course director selected the best ideas to expand into an original piece and I felt our final performance was a great success.

On one evening of the course, the directors put on an NYT Alumni Q&A session which was extremely informative and useful. The NYT opportunity came at just the right time for me as it was a taster for Drama School or Drama at university.

Tom is pictured with Course 5 in Greenwich

Tom is pictured with Course 5 in Greenwich





North West Champs!

Caterina Cardeira was a very convincing 'Mr Toad'!

Caterina Cardeira was a very convincing ‘Mr Toad’!

Three Lamont Drama School pupils took part in The British and International Federation of Festivals’ inaugural Festival Championship of the North West region.

The prestigious event, held at the Festival Hall in Alderley Edge, brought together winners from 18 different Music and Drama Festivals across the North-west to showcase their talent.

Josh Reais (representing Southport Festival), Francesca Medlicott (representing Burnley Festival) and Catarina Cardeira (representing Wirral Festival) are pictured with their winners’ trophies. These were presented to the trio by Federation of Festivals Chairman, Steven Roberts.

Said Mrs Lamont, “We had an absolutely super day. It was amazing to see so many wonderful performances across the three different disciplines of drama, music and dance. It goes without saying that I was immensely proud of my own three pupils, but actually everyone chosen to take part gave spell-binding performances.”

“We finished the day with a very enjoyable celebratory meal back on our home-ground of Formby – with Catarina, Francesca and Josh taking pride of place at the table as we toasted their well-deserved success.”

North West Champions Catarina, Francesca and Josh (L to R)

North West Champions Catarina, Francesca and Josh (L to R)











Francesca and Josh are also members of the Lamont Casting Agency.


Francesca Medlicott

Francesca Medlicott

Josh Reais

Josh Reais



Talent Runs in the Clark Family!

Little Evie and Verity Clark outshone more than 100 entries in Merchant Taylors’ Junior School’s recent
Stanfield’s Got Talent competition.Evie and Verity Photo


The Lamont Drama School pupils were chosen as overall runners-up after getting through a round of heats and competing against 22 other acts in the final.


The girls performed their specially-written duologue, ‘Operation Pied Piper’, which captures the experience of being evacuees in World War II. The girls have also had considerable success performing their piece at drama festivals across the North-west.


Mum Kerry said, “I’m so proud of the girls. There were entries from Reception up to Year 5 and with only a first and runner up place available, Evie and Verity did incredibly well. They really enjoy performing together and I think that came across to the judging panel and the audience.”


Evie and Verity are following in the footsteps of big sis Christie. Christie is a member of the prestigious National Youth Theatre and always achieved outstanding results in her LAMDA exams and in the many drama festivals she entered.


“The Clarks are a very talented family,” said Mrs Lamont. “Christie has been one of my student helpers for several years and has proved an excellent mentor for my younger pupils. Evie and Verity are completely natural actors but they also work extremely hard so they fully deserve every success that comes their way. As you can see from their picture, they would melt anyone’s heart in their roles as little evacuees!”

The girls are both members of the drama school and the Lamont Casting Agency

Evie Clark

Evie Clark

Verity Clark

Verity Clark






All credit to Joe!

Joe Houghton has been a star pupil at Lamont Drama School since he was 4! Joe Houghton website jpeg


The cheeky smile is still the same, his talent always shines through and his sense of humour is as funny as it always was! But Joe’s professionalism has soared through the roof!


On a recent professional voiceover job, the director was so impressed by the 13-year-old, he felt he had to write and say:-


“Joe Houghton was excellent. It was a difficult and long script, but Joe took it all in his stride. He was superb!”


(What they don’t know is he is also one of the politest and kindest boys in the Drama School as well!) Well Done, Joe!