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Surge in applications to tread the boards at Preston College’s new performing arts academies

Posted on - 4th February, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, Schools
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Preston’s College’s two new performing arts academies are seeing a surge in applications as budding actors and performers are taking advantage of the expertise and facilities on offer.

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The new Musical Theatre Training Academy (MTTA) and Actor Training Academy (ATA) is seeing aspiring artistes turning to the college to help launch their careers as Lancashire’s answer to Julie Andrews, Samantha Barks or Hugh Jackman.

Launched in September, applications have significantly improved as young performers take advantage of industry experienced-tutors and state-of-the-art facilities, including a 100 seat theatre, rehearsal studios and TV and audio recording studios.

Read more: Preston theatre company launching new show in a Preston pub

Courses include the 1 year Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts which teaches all three core disciplines of acting, singing and dancing and is accredited by the prestigious University of Arts London (UAL).

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts is a two year course, during which students may choose between the college’s Musical Theatre Training Academy where they study acting, dance and singing, or the Acting Training Academy, focusing on voice, movement and screen and stage performance.

Head of school Jane Tudor said: “Over the past year these courses have been re-developed and adapted to support learners’ skills development to progress onto the next stage of their careers.

“Most progress onto drama schools, conservatoires and university on specialist courses, and we have good links with the leading schools.

“We prepare them for auditions and interviews and support them in the next step in their careers. Enrichment trips to London and New York provide learners the option to experience shows and professional workshops with Broadway and West End Professionals, and there are regular performance opportunities.

“Our industry experienced team includes current lead performers in ‘Oh What a Night!’ award-winning directors and former TV presenters.

“It helps them become the best performer they can be and gives them a real insight into the reality of this very dynamic, creative and competitive industry.

“We’ve had great deal of interest in the programme and are auditioning for September’s intake soon, where we expect our learner numbers to rise.

“We have a lot of talent from right across Lancashire and I can’t wait to see where they end up in their careers. It’s nice to know that Preston’s College has played a part in developing their talent as performers.”

Do you know any aspiring actors or performers? Let us know in the comments section.

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