College Students Invited to Perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London

The performing arts students, who had been personally invited to perform at the theatre as part of Mardi Gras’, ‘The Stars In Our Eyes’ performance, showcased two dances that have been specifically choreographed for the event; an urban street dance, as well as a contemporary lyrical piece. The college’s hair and beauty students were also on hand backstage to get the performers ‘stage ready’.

The performance was attended by over 600 spectators, and is part of an ongoing commitment from Knowsley Community College to offer students real industry experience across the board. Amanda Skevington, Head of Performing Arts at Knowsley Community College, describes why the college feels this is important; ‘Performing and working in the West End gives these students a real taste of what it is like in the industry; from working under top class stage directors for the performers, to learning how to apply stage make-up to a deadline for the hair and beauty team – we are proud to be the only college in the area that offers this to our students.’

This performance follows on from a contemporary dance piece performed by students at the Royal Albert Hall last year as part of ‘Stars in the Round’ which brings together student talent from all over the UK.

Amanda goes on to describe how the theatre, which has played host to some of the world’s most famous shows, including Olivier award winning ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, provided the perfect backdrop to showcase the hard work and dedication that the students had put in to the performances; ‘All the students were highly professional and fantastic performers on the day – the huge amount of time and effort that they put into the two pieces at college, transferred to the stage brilliantly and you could tell that they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.’