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Moving Words - Saturday 25th November 2017, 7:30pm

Zamira Kate; founder of Zamira Kate Dance, presents an evening of new, innovative and diverse contemporary dance works created by alumni and faculty of London Studio Centre. Current students of London Studio Centre perform alongside previous graduates in a programme of work featuring choreography from Zamira Kate, Magnus Emaka Einang, Andre Kamienski, Jo Meredith, Katherine Richardson and Caldonia Walton and Felix Denton.

Saturday 25th November 2017, 7:30pm

artsdepot
5 Nether Street
Tally Ho Corner
North Finchley
N12 0GA

Tickets are now on sale via the artsdepot Box Office, website and phone: 020 8369 5454.

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Gemma and Danielle get their skates on to join Paul in Starlight Express

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express first opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in the West End in 1984. Spawning international productions on Broadway and in Vegas, Japan and Australia, the West End show ran for a staggering 7,406 performances over 17 years before it eventually closed in January 2002. But the longest running production of the show is actually in Bochum, Germany where it first opened in June 1988 and, now it’s 29th year later, is still going strong!

Seen by more than 15 million people, Starlight Express is Germany’s most popular musical and currently features three London Studio Centre alumni. 

Paul Shipp as Purse in Starlight ExpressPaul Shipp as Purse in Starlight Express

Paul Shipp was the first to join the cast in 2007. After graduating from LSC in 2003, Paul performed as the Genie in the Mansfield Palace Theatre’s production of Aladdin before going on to perform in a number of West End musicals including Caspar The Musical, Grease and We Will Rock You. In 2004 he joined the cast of the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall production of Aladdin, but this time in the titular role. He could also been see dancing at BBC’s Party In The Park and at the Blue Peter and Children In Need charity galas and he even featured in adverts for Sky Sports. Paul has been part of Starlight’s cast for 10 years and during that time he has been the main actor for a number of characters including Krupp, Purse, Ruhrgold and Electra. He currently acts as a swing, covering the roles of Papa, Greaseball, Electra, Caboose, Dustin and Components.

Stage Starlight Express stage in Bochum, featuring the multi-level tracks and nine-tonne bridge which can rotate and can connect to all levels.

Gemma Archer and Danielle Lockwood both joined Starlight Express at the beginning of 2017.

Gemma was a member of London Studio Centre’s music theatre company, Seedtime, before she graduated in 2015. That same year, she moved to France to work at Disneyland Paris where she performed as a lead singer in Chanton La Reine De Neiges. In 2016, she returned to the UK to tour with Jackie The Musical before working as Dance Captain and Cover for Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Central Theatre, Chatham.

Danielle was also a member of Seedtime and featured in their production of Lucky Stiff. She performed as Ellewoods from Legally Blonde, Wednesday Addams from Addams Family and Vera from Stepping Out in Seedtime’s Mini Musicals Showcase. She graduated in 2016 and Starlight Express is her first professional musical theatre credit.

View of the 'tracks' that run through the audience in the Starlight Express theatre in BochumView of the 'tracks' that run through the audience in the Starlight Express theatre in Bochum.

Starlight Express is a unique musical in that the whole cast performs on roller skates around a track-like stage. Gemma had a pair of rollerblades as a child and Danielle tried an impromptu practice at a pop-up roller disco but neither had any real roller skating experience before joining the show. But that didn’t matter as the show runs ‘Skate School’, an intensive skating training course designed to get everyone up to speed.

“It was extremely difficult and frustrating, but hilarious and exciting all at the same time,” says Danielle. “It's hands down the most rewarding thing to be able to successfully learn a new skill and put it into practise on a stage like this.”

“As a trained dancer and singer learning a new skill from scratch is tough,” says Gemma. “It didn't just happen. It took months of blood, blisters and bruises! When I got to opening night, I'd never felt a sense of achievement like it.”

Gemma, Danielle and the rest of the class of 'Skate School 2017'Gemma, Danielle and the rest of the class of 'Skate School 2017' on set in Bochum, Germany.

Due to the nature of the show, the girls were well aware of the risk of injury that comes with performing in Starlight Express.

“You have to be so aware of everything at all times,” says Danielle, “We don't say things like 'break a leg', we say 'stay safe' and 'safe race'.

However, the girls say that the thrill skating at high speeds around the track gives them a great feeling of adrenaline and excitement that “overrides how tired you are, how much your body aches or how bad of a day you’re having.” They also get a real rush and sense of achievement when they finish a show unscathed.

Danielle in her swing roles: Top Left - Ashley, Top Right - Buffy, Bottom Left - Volta, Bottom Middle - Joule, Bottom Right - WrenchDanielle in her swing roles:
Top Left - Ashley, Top Right - Buffy,
Bottom Left - Volta, Bottom Middle - Joule, Bottom Right - Wrench.

Due to the higher risk of injury compared to a normal musical, Starlight Express does allow a greater opportunity for its ensemble members to swing as main characters while the main actors recover. Danielle swings as five of the characters; Ashley, Buffy, Volta, Joule and Wrench. Gemma Has recently started swinging as Dinah, Ashley, Wrench and Volta and frequently swings as Pearl, the main female lead!

Gemma in her swing roles: Far Left - Pearl, Middle Left - Dinah, Middle Right - Buffy, Far Right - WrenchGemma in her swing roles:
Far Left - Dinah, Middle Left - Ashley, Middle Right - Wrench, Far Right - Volta.

When asked what advice they would give to aspiring music theatre performers, Danielle says,
“You HAVE to have thick skin and be open minded. Utilise and learn from every audition you go to and don't give up. You have to really want it and give it everything you've got.

Gemma says,
“Believe in yourself. There is no be all and end all job, be open minded.”

Gemma in her swing role of PearlGemma in her swing role of Pearl.

Finally we asked the girls what skills they learnt at LSC that prepared them for the professional world.

Gemma answered,
“Professionalism, integrity and a pretty good brain. I genuinely think I owe a lot of my swing brain to the Matt Mattox technique.”

Danielle said,
"Amongst the obvious skills like technique and stage presence, I really felt like I was prepared to face the outside world by the time I graduated. In 3rd year especially, we were taught what to expect from auditions in both singing and dance rounds and even had opportunities to put what we had learnt into practice in workshops with industry professionals and agent week. Without LSC I wouldn't have been able to achieve what I have done so thank you to everyone at London Studio Centre who helped make me into the performer I am now."

WOMAN - Wednesday 8th November 2017, 7:30pm

Fragility, Freedom, Love, Sensuality, Passion, Nurturing, Instinct and Strength are all part of a woman's beauty, not just their looks. In a superficial world where people consider beauty just at face value, we embrace all the layers and complexities that truly make a woman: to understand, accept, love and appreciate each other and ourselves more.

Artistic Director: Robbie O’Reilly
Choreographer: Valentina Dolci
Cast: Jazz Dance Company

Wednesday 8th November 2017, 7:30pm

artsdepot
5 Nether Street
Tally Ho Corner
North Finchley
N12 0GA

Tickets are now on sale on the artsdepot website.

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Luke Evans stars in the film biopic of Wonder Woman creator, Professor Marston.

Since graduating from London Studio Centre in 2000, Luke Evans has had a hugely successful career.

Having specialised in musical theatre and touring with Seedtime whilst at London Studio Centre, it was natural that Luke went on to perform in a number of West End productions including Rent, Miss Saigon and Piaf.

However, Luke made his Hollywood breakthrough with the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans and soon appeared in various action and thriller films such as Immortals, The Raven and The Three Musketeers. From 2012 to 2014 Luke starred as the main antagonist in Fast & Furious 6, played Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and played the title role in Dracula Untold.

Luke Evans variousLuke Evans in his various film roles.
Top Left: Fast & Furious 6 © Universal Pictures, Top Right: The Hobbit © Warner Bros. Pictures,
Bottom Left: Dracula Untold © Universal Pictures, Bottom Right: High Rise © Studio Canal

He has also starred alongside Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons in High Rise, and Emily Blunt and Rebecca Furguson in The Girl on the Train.

Earlier this year, Luke impressed audiences and critics alike with his outstanding portrayal of the arrogant and self-loving Gaston in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. The film was awarded the MTV Movie of the Year Award and Luke won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain and is expected to be nominated for many more in the upcoming awards season.

luke GastonLuke Evans as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast © Walt Disney Pictures

Luke’s new film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women opened in America earlier this month and will be premiering in the UK on 10th November. The film is a biographical drama about American psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the Wonder Woman character in the 1940s. Luke stars as Professor Marston alongside Rebecca Hall who plays his wife Elizabeth and Bella Heathcote as Olive Byrne. The film explores Marston’s polyamorous relationship with the two women and how they both inspired him to create the character of Wonder Woman.

Luke Prof marstonLuke Evans, Rebecca Hall (L) and Bella Heathcote (R) in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women © Annapurna Pictures

In the last few weeks Luke has been on a number of American chat shows promoting the new film including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (see below), the Today Show and a hilarious and stunning ‘Sexiest Male Vocalist Riff-off’ with Usher and James Cordon on The Late Late Show.

Luke Evans on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Since it’s US release, the film has received very positive reviews with Wall Street Journal proclaiming that “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women stands head, shoulders, boots, tiara and lasso above many independent films of the moment” and the LA Times calling it “an engaging, accessible homage to three gifted minds”.

Make sure you book your tickets for when Professor Marston and the Wonder Women releases in the UK on 8th November. Watch the trailer below.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Trailer

In an interesting coincidence, earlier this year alumna and ex-Jazz Dance Company member Jazz Peters appeared in the smash-hit film of Wonder Woman as an Amazonian Warrior. She will return in the Justice League film later this month and Wonder Woman 2 which is due for release in 2019.

Jazz peters wonder womanJazz Peter on set for Wonder Woman © Warner Bros. Pictures

For more information on Luke Evans you can follow him on Twitter @TheRealLukevans
For more information on Jazz Peters you can follow her on Twitter @Jazzifzzle

Applicants' Open Day - Monday 6th November 2017

Applicants' Open Day

Date: Monday 6th November 2017 - 10am-3pm

London Studio Centre holds an open day for potential applicants interested in applying for the next academic year. A selection of classes will be shown in the Pentland Theatre at artsdepot, followed by a Q&A session.

Places are limited, please complete the form below to reserve your place.

Screen Shot 2017 10 20 at 15.36.11 Open Day Reservation Form

 Please check our Open Days page for information on other Open Days throughout the year.