LIVERPOOL THEATE SCHOOL is set to mark its 85th birthday with a year-long programme of events and performances including a student take over at the Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End and a showcase at the Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton.
During its 85th anniversary year, the centre of excellence is also inviting young performers with a passion for dancing, singing and acting to experience a day in the life of an elite student in a series of taster days. There will also be free musical theatre, dance and acting workshops at local secondary schools and colleges taking place throughout the year.
As one of the city’s longest running stage schools, Liverpool Theatre School boasts a list of success stories with graduates going on to appear in shows all over the world. Alumni include Tommy Sherlock, who starred in West End shows such as Matilda and Wicked before joining Tenors of Rock in Las Vegas; Oliver Ormson, who plays Prince Hans in Frozen the Musical; Graham Bickley, who has appeared in West End shows like Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, although he is best known for playing Joey Boswell in the TV sitcom Bread.
Liverpool Theatre School graduates also include Natalie Pilkington, who is currently touring in SIX; Tim Lucas and Josh Capper, who are both touring in Blood Brothers; as well as Coronation Street and Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis, actor Sam Kane and renowned choreographer and casting consultant Graeme Pickering.
School Principal Maxine Ellis, said: “As we celebrate reaching such a significant milestone, we’re incredibly proud to have given so many of the city’s talented young performers the opportunity to train professionally, preparing them for success in the industry. We work with some of the best tutors in the business to make elite training, which was once only available in London, accessible to students in Liverpool.
“Our anniversary year is about celebrating the hard work and achievements of everyone who makes up the Liverpool Theatre School family from our current students and graduates to the incredible teachers and support staff who have always made the place so special. We have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline for the next generation of performers and I am looking forward to seeing Liverpool Theatre School continue to thrive as we keep on with our mission to nurture and develop emerging talent. Here’s to the next 85 years!”