Performing Arts Students from South Staffordshire College have stars in their eyes following their recent performances of ‘See How they Run’ and ‘Tick, Tick, Boom!’ at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre.
The performances, which took place on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March are the result of months of hard work by the students and staff alike, and have received much acclaim, having been attended by critics from both ‘Love Midlands Theatre’ and ‘Remotegoat’.
“Sitting, watching the BTEC Performing Arts students was rewarding” say ‘Love Midlands Theatre’. “It was as if I’d had the opportunity to look through a window into the future and watch the emerging talent in the Midlands. “
Remotegoat gave ‘tick, Tick, Boom as impressive 4 star review and said “South Staffordshire College Performing Arts Department has a well deserved reputation for producing high quality productions, and their latest production did nothing to harm this. Laurie Asher’s assured directing and choreography, and Mark Bayliss’s musical direction gave this performance a slick production value, whilst also using the main characters and the general ensemble to their best advantage.”
Feedback from other audience members and via social media has also been extremely positive.
“Fantastic night watching Tick Tick Boom” says one spectator. “Such talented student s – first class performance from all. Loved the dialogue and the songs sung wonderfully. Full of warmth and humour! Magical!”
Naturally, the students and staff are delighted that their performances have been so well received and Performing Arts Course Leader Laurie Asher says
“I’m extremely proud of the students. They have worked very hard to deliver two fantastic shows and I’d like to thank them all for their commitment and enthusiasm. We’re delighted that the shows have been so well received.
I’d also like to extend huge thanks to those who support our department by buying tickets for our shows. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to continue to produce such high quality productions. All of the profits generated are reinvested back into our department, so that we can continue to provide our learners with such fantastic performance opportunities.”
The Performing Arts Department at South Staffordshire College continues to go from strength to strength and in the past year, has seen student numbers double. This success, coupled with an increasing demand in the local community, has led to the launch of a new Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre. This course, along with the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre), gives those who dream of treading the boards in the West End, or being a star on the big screen the perfect grounding for a career in this highly competitive industry.
If you’d like to see the students in action, the next production by South Staffordshire College BTEC Level 3 Students is ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ which runs on 23rd and 24th June at the Lichfield Garrick. Written by Stephen Sondheim, who also wrote ‘Into the woods’ and ‘Sweeny Todd’, and with rehearsals now well underway, this performance is shaping up to be another roaring success.
If you can’t wait that long, Greasepaint Productions – South Staffordshire College’s in-house production company for the Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre, will also be staging ‘ Hot Mikado’ the hit jazz / swing musical adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta ‘The Mikado’. Also taking place at the Lichfield Garrick, this show will run from Wednesday 27th – Saturday 30th May 2015.
Tickets for both of these shows are available now from the Lichfield Garrick Box Office. Call 01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com to get yours now!
If you want to find out more about studying Performing Arts at South Staffordshire College, visit www.southstaffs.ac.uk/performing-arts/ where you can apply online in just 25 seconds.