Thespian visitor at Friesland School
Amanda MaClellan, performing arts curriculum support assistant at Friesland School in Sandiacre, writes about an inspiring visitor.
Friesland was very lucky to have a guest speaker from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Unlike many performance-based courses this prestigious training centre offers students intensive training at a high level with some of the best in the business.
Professor Christian Burgess is the Director of Drama at Guildhall so a top man and Friesland gave him the highest respect. He is an expert in his field of acting and theatre so a perfect example of a professional to come and bring some inspiration to our thespians.
The Speakers 4 Schools programme delivers inspirational talks to schools in a hope to inspire the next generation. This is a brilliant scheme of which we are taking full advantage.
As we are a performing arts specialist school, Burgess has hopefully inspired the invited audience of GCSE and A Level students to go on to study Drama at a higher level.
Throughout the afternoon, he spoke about the Guildhall School itself, the audition process and how to get into a stage school.
Everyone seemed to have a lot of questions and was very interested about how to be an amazing actor!
Professor Burgess delivered an acting workshop and got kids on their feet.
Jack Eccles volunteered to be Christian Burgess’s assistant. He had to sing six lines of a song in different ways and talk about the difference in emotion and delivery.
Students and staff thought the session fantastic. The Year 10s were digesting everything said; Year 11s found new skills to add to their performances; Year 12s were developing their knowledge of acting and Year 13s were discovering more about universities and drama schools that offer the best courses!
The talk hopefully has inspired students to pursue a career in acting. So you never know, we might see the next Johnny Depp on our screens in years to come!