14.06.2022 Theatre Bugs – Singin’ in the Rain

Where are they now?

Some of our students are with us for up to 16 years of their life before venturing on to bright futures in the industry. Enjoy reading about where our STUDIO graduates are now, and how their STUDIO family helped them to believe and achieve their dreams.

George Lyons

George trained at THE STUDIO from the age of 5 to 16, when he then went on to professional training at Laine Theatre Arts graduating in 2018 with a First-Class BA Honours and Level 6 Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Theatre credits include: Benjamin in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Kilworth House Theatre); Dance Captain in Jack And The Beanstalk (Grand Opera House Belfast); Dance Captain in Time Flies; 100 Years of the RAF (Theatre Royal Drury Lane): Dancer for Glambassador Events (NEC Birmingham); Ensemble/Understudy Starkey in Peter Pan (Wyvern Theatre), Dancer in NFL Pre-Match (Twickenham Stadium).

Choreography credits include: Choreographer for Dogfight the Musical (Southwark Playhouse); Associate Choreographer to Andrew Wright for Peter Pan (Southampton Mayflower Theatre). George has also worked as a teacher/creative within London’s performing colleges such as: Urdang Academy, Arts Ed, Laine Theatre Arts, Italia Conti and London Studio Centre.

Charlotte Allen

Whilst training at THE STUDIO Charlotte was part of several professional Christmas Pantomimes as ensemble and dance captain. From 2014-2017 she also played the role of ‘Buccaneer Becky’ in the Summer Pantomime: Pirates of the Pavilion. 

Since graduating from THE STUDIO, Charlotte has worked as a Vocalist in Cyprus, and then moved on to a fantastic role at Butlin’s Minehead in 2018 as a triple threat character actress. In 2019 she transferred to Butlin’s Skegness as a Lead Production Show Vocalist where she has stayed ever since! Charlotte is currently bringing to life the title role in ‘The Little Mermaid’ alongside ‘Strictly Latino’ and ‘Musicals Rock”

Victoria Ford

Victoria trained at THE STUDIO for 13 years and during her time with us enjoyed some fantastic opportunities: The junior and adult Strictly Come Dancing productions for Weldmar Hospice Care, numerous events for The Duchess of Cornwall and very many dance festivals, including the regional All England semi-finals at Cheltenham.  At a young age, Victoria and her sisters were also asked to perform for Julian Fellows, all amazing experiences and wonderful lifelong memories. Victoria is currently studying Professional Dance and Theatre at Masters Performing Arts College.

“I am very grateful for my time at THE STUDIO and everything the team there gave me to help me on my way into the industry” – Victoria x

Mia Briant

 

Mia has been an amazing student and team member for THE STUDIO for many years and has been with us for various charity events and stage performances. Her elegance and musicality is second to none and we have been so proud to watch her grow as a lovely promising dancer. In 2021, Mia undertook the audition process for three leading dance colleges over the various lockdowns, and she hasn’t been accepted into one, but all three amazing colleges with a full 3-year placement for each. She chose her dream school Laine Theatre Arts and will take part in their 3-year course form September 2021-July 2024. Im sure in a few years time we will be taking THE STUDIO students on a Theatre Bugs trip to see a professional performance starring Mia!

Lauren Ford

Lauren started dancing with Miss Emilie at the age of 7, and since then has never looked back with her passion for dance becoming her life. From her very first tap class, Lauren quickly knew that was the genre of dance she wanted to specialise in, and from then she was lucky enough to gain a full ISTD examination history with exceptional grades, and now enjoys teaching all ages and all abilities for both fun and syllabus study. Following school, Lauren started her professional studies at Performer’s College with a foundation course, and then continued her studies for a Diploma at Masters Performing Arts. Lauren has performed at the FIFA World Cup Final, Rugby World Cup Final and The Brit Awards.

Antonia Pullen-Clarke

 

Antonia was a student of THE STUDIO for over 12 years before going on to gain an MA in Choreography and Professional Practices at The University of Chichester. During her studies she was fortunate enough to work with choreographers and performers such as Liz Aggiss, Anthony Missen and Lila Dance, and continues to incorporate her broad range of styles into her practices today. Antonia now enjoys her passion for teaching and choreography both locally and further afield, and always loves a challenge within her work.

Ellie Alcock

Following 14 years of learning with THE STUDIO, Ellie went onto to train in acting at Rose Bruford College where she worked with some incredible teachers and professionals. She is now planning to continue with drama school, working for a BA in Acting and a future career in the industry.

“I had the best training and experience at THE STUDIO, it taught me so much including discipline, hard work and teamwork, I loved every minute of growing up there”. Ellie

Ashleigh Boardman

Ashleigh began performing when she was at school in numerous dance shows, musicals, plays and concerts.  She joined THE STUDIO at the age of 16 beginning her training in only ballet, but she soon decided to take Tap, Modern and Musical Theatre alongside. Ashliegh commends the comforting environment of THE STUDIO and the expert training she received: “I very quickly saw improvements in my ability and absolutely loved my time at THE STUDIO”.  She graduated at the age of 19 and went on to Solent University to study a Musical Theatre Degree. Ashleigh has been able to work with various professionals such as Earl Carpenter (West End and Broadway performer), Amies and Clements (Musical Theatre composers) and was included in a professional video for Freya Fox (YouTuber), she has also enjoyed flash mob opportunities for The Nuffield Southampton Theatre, and a rare chance to learn from Acosta Danza at the Mayflower Theatre, a fantastic touring Cuban dance company.