A Performing Arts student from Warrington Collegiate has used his experience to give something back to his former high school as part of their annual production.
Louis Allan has been spending his free time helping performing arts staff at Beamont Collegiate Academy during their rehearsals for their performances of Oliver Twist, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
By giving feedback and pointers to students, Louis hopes to encourage the school’s pupils to follow their dreams and pursue a career in Performing Arts.
While helping during rehearsals was part of his work experience, Louis also went above and beyond by taking on a guest role of ‘Mr Brownlow’, a role which he played with confidence and conviction.
Mrs Curwen, Head of Performing Arts at Beamont Collegiate Academy said: “I was delighted to have Louis back with us. His talent and professional attitude was inspiration to our students.”
Miss Burns, teacher of Drama, said: “Louis had conversations with our students regarding college and university life and was able to show our students that they are able to follow their dreams and achieve their goals of working within the industry.”
Louis – who is in his final term at Warrington Collegiate studying Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 – will go on to study Acting at Blackpool and the Fylde College University Centre in September.
He said: “I feel that coming back to Beamont has given me a chance to help the students here because I didn’t have that help when I was here and it also helps me with my confidence when performing on stage.
“There are some really talented actors here at Beamont. The cast was made up from pupils from year 7 right up to Year 10. To see how well they are doing, especially the younger pupils after just starting high school, is amazing. I hope I have been able to encourage them to pursue their passion. I just wanted to give something back.”
On the show itself, Louis added: “I loved it. Out of all of the shows I have down, I will never forget this and performing on my old stage.”
Year 10 pupil Harry Peacey, who played Fagin in the performance, said: “Louis has made a massive difference to the performance, he has given me some great tips that have helped with my acting.”
As well as being watched by friends and family, Beamont’s performance of ‘Oliver’ was also watched by Michael Smith, Head of Creative and Digital Industries at Warrington Collegiate.
He said: “Louis did really well in his guest appearance back at his former high school. He worked with the pupils to help them prepare for the show and also made a cameo as one of the lead parts. The performance was excellent and was thoroughly enjoyable.”