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Actor coaches students rehearsing Fame

Actor coaches students rehearsing Fame
Mr Willshire during rehearsals in the drama studio.
Wednesday 13th June 2012 by C. Freeman

Students rehearsing for the Fame The Musical, have been given advice and tips from performer Mark Willshire who has appeared in touring shows and in the West End.

He first saw a complete run-through before guiding the Sixth Formers in their individual scenes, giving advice on their techniques. He started performing at the age of seven and appeared as a child actor in Oliver at the Palladium and touring with Goosebumps Live. Since graduating from the renowned Laine Theatre Arts college, he has appeared in shows all over the country, including Ghost at the Piccadilly Theatre and is due to tour nationwide with the musical 9 to 5 later this year.

Mr Willshire said: β€˜I have been helping to direct a few scenes and, although the students are fairly early on in the rehearsal process they are all doing a good job. I am just trying to help them and pass on any relevant advice. The one thing you have to learn as an actor is to let go of your inhibitions. If you go for it half heartedly then it is not great for the audience to watch and, because they can feel your awkwardness, it makes them awkward too. The more you go for it 100 per cent, the better it is. The students have put a lot of effort in and if I can help them with some of my feedback then that is brilliant.’

Head of Performing Arts, Mr Duguid said: β€˜It is a great opportunity for our students to have a professional from the industry give feedback on their performances. Mark has helped them to improve their individual scenes and they were also able to ask questions about his experience in the theatre.’

The students will stage four performances of Fame The Musical with evening performances on Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th July and a further matinee performance on Saturday afternoon.

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