Future stars of stage and screen
Amongst the many hundreds of students who completed their courses at Blackpool Sixth in the summer were a number of budding stars of stage and screen. These students, all ‘graduates’ of the college’s highly successful department of performing arts, music and media are now taking the next step on the road to becoming accomplished professionals in the British showbiz industry.
Georgia Dixon studied musical theatre, drama and dance arrived at Blackpool Sixth as an already very talented performer. In her time at college, Georgia rapidly grew in confidence and to become a true ‘triple threat’ performer, culminating in her starring as Velma Kelly in our sell out production of Chicago. She achieved a double distinction star in her BTEC Musical Theatre and Dance courses and a C in her A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course. Georgia successfully auditioned for a place at the world-renowned Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and received an unconditional offer which she accepted. Georgia is now beginning her training at the elite establishment and is looking forward to a glittering career in musical theatre.
Amber Brookes won the college’s Dancer of the Year Award in 2018. When she joined Blackpool Sixth, Amber’s stated career intention was to become a midwife but she quickly found that the BTEC Dance course focused her sights on a performance career. She was our Dance Captain for Dance Academy and showed a real talent for dance performance and choreography gaining a distinction star in her BTEC course. Head of department and dance teacher, Lucinda Campbell commented, “With her talent, hard work and dedication there was never any doubt Amber would make a success in her chosen career!” Amber is now embarking on her further training in dance at the prestigious Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.
Dan Chettoe’s incredible performances as a singer and musical theatre performer wowed audiences at Blackpool Sixth and beyond throughout his two years at the college. Dan studied BTEC Music Performance here achieving a double distinction star. Having found success winning the national BTEC Showstoppers Competition with his band SIXX, he successfully auditioned for the part of Billy Flynn in our production of Chicago. Dan has performed in various productions at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, the Pleasure Beach and also featured on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015. Dan has worked with David Bowie’s producer over in Germany to record a song Dan has already landed himself high profile work in the industry and is currently working in the Adece Palace in Tenerife before starting his next role as the lead in The Tom Jones and the Shades of the 60s, which will touring theatres in the UK later in the year.
Having earned a double distinction grade in her BTEC music, Leoni Kennedy, has begun her studies at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. There she will be studying for a BA (Hons) degree in Popular Music Performance. Leoni is a gifted multi instrumentalist and vocalist who, during her time at Blackpool Sixth, has sought out every performance opportunity possible including writing the winning entry to the BTEC Showstoppers Challenge, receiving much acclaim and an invitation to perform alongside the band SIXX in the national event in London. Leoni’s versatility as a performer and her dedication to her craft meant that she was offered an unconditional place at ACM.
Adri Key Otero took part in numerous public performances and gained a double distinction star grade in her BTEC Performing Arts. She also took part in the college musicals ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Chicago’’. Adri auditioned for the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA), one of Britain’s top theatre schools. ALRA has a partnership with college whereby auditions are offered on site to students and through this process Adri was offered a place to study Acting at the ALRA campus of her choice.
Talented and multi-skilled performer, Brandon Hindle has headed north of the border after gaining a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying drama. Brandon achieved a double distinction star in his BTEC Performing Arts and a B grade in A Level Drama and Theatre Studies. Brandon took part in many performances throughout his courses and also wrote and performed the score for the annual drama production, whilst also taking an acting role in the show.
Talented drummer, Karl Walsh, has progressed to the prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music in Guilford where he will be studying for a degree in popular music performance. Karl leaves Blackpool Sixth with a wealth of performance experience in a variety of styles and has always been a strong, technically able drummer. Karl achieved the highest possible mark in his final solo recital on the way to achieving a distinction star and two distinctions in his BTEC Music course.
Will Plunkett is now studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, after leaving Blackpool Sixth with two distinction stars and a distinction grade in BTEC Music. Will’s outstanding performances in college and externally meant that he was one of the most consistent musicians on his course, always putting himself forward for every opportunity and gaining invaluable experience as a result. A very talented bass player and vocalist, Will is now studying for a degree in popular music performance.
James Cunliffe is now studying at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) after studying A Level Music Technology and BTEC Creative Media Production. James is a talented recording producer who will no doubt go on to achieve great success in the music Industry.
Mollie Clarke is also starting at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. An extremely talented performer who developed an interest in organisation and backstage work during her A level drama course, Molly also studied musical theatre and business Studies as well as taking a role in the college productions of Miss Saigon and Chicago. Molly was successful in achieving an unconditional offer to study at LIPA where she will combine her business knowledge with her artistic side by studying events management.
Jordan Eaves immediately impressed his teachers with his versatile performance and hard-working attitude. He took part in numerous productions as part of his performing arts and musical theatre courses in which he achieved a clean sweep of distinctions star grades. Jordan also took a key role in devising and performing the original college drama production ‘Forgotten Stories and Unknown Authors’ and as a performer in our sell-out musical shows ‘Chicago’ and ‘Miss Saigon’. He will be pursuing his career in theatre, studying at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester.
Nicole Adshead left Blackpool Sixth this summer with a triple distinction grade in BTEC Music and a wealth of performance experience. Already in demand as a soloist, Nicole has chosen to further her study at Leeds College of Music, on the BA Hons Music (Popular) course. LCM is regarded as one of the top music conservatoires in the country, one that Blackpool Sixth has forged a strong relationship with in the last few years as a Lead Education Partner.
Lucinda Campbell, Head of Performing Arts, Music and Media at Blackpool Sixth commented: “The students of 2018 have all worked so hard and their talent, passion and sheer determination has enabled them to not only achieve the best possible results in their A-levels and BTECs but also gained them places at some of the most prestigious institutes in the country.
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students develop from shy school leavers, lacking confidence and self belief, into confident, self-assured, professional, young people, about to embark on a successful and exciting career. This makes all of us at Blackpool Sixth so incredibly proud and we look forward to seeing what comes next for these super stars!”