LSC takes America by storm
Performing arts students often aspire to achieve their dreams of dancing in the West End. Several LSC alumni are currently showing us why we should broaden our horizons to Broadway and beyond.
Scarlett Strallen in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder; photography Joan Marcus
Many of our alumni work far and wide across the world, including the dizzy heights of American theatre and Broadway. Scarlett Strallen, who has vast stage credits, first made her Broadway debut back in 2008, playing the title role of Mary Poppins after transferring from London. She has previously appeared in many other West End shows playing lead roles; including Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mavis in The Witches of Eastwick and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Scarlett has recently completed a run as Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway. Feeling quite at home now ‘over the pond’, this summer Scarlett is sure to make more waves in American theatre when she will be playing Mabel in the Barrington Stage Company's production of The Pirates of Penzance.
Another LSC alumni who is spreading her horizons wide is Rebecca Howell. Upon graduating, Rebecca joined the ensemble of UK tour Kiss Me, Kate, was a cast member in We Will Rock You and was in the original cast of the Wizard of Oz at the Palladium. As her career has developed Rebecca has been able to progress her dance captain skills and began working more and more as an assistant to choreographers as well as a choreographer in her own right. She has now worked extensively across the industry for film and theatre, West End and UK tours. Some of her work includes; Tommy (Peter Frosdick Productions); Blockbuster (UK Tour); Falstaff (Royal Opera House) and Jest End (Jermyn Street, Players Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre). Some of her associate Choreographer theatre credits include Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End; Associate to Lynne Page); Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Viva Forever (Associate to Lynne Page; West End); Billy Elliot (Tap Tutor, West End) and Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End). Most recently Rebecca has seen her work on American Psycho, as associate Choreographer to Lynne Page, successfully transfer from London to the Almeida Theatre, Broadway.
American Psycho the Musical, on Broadway (Choreographed by Lynne Page, assistant Choreography by Rebecca Howell)
“I love working both sides of the Atlantic. Broadway really is a magical place. You idolise it so much as kid, & the bright lights don't disappoint. But it hasn't been intimidating as I thought it may have been. I've always felt that the West End has been regarded as second rate compared to NY, but I didn't find that to be the case at all. The talent is just different, and both great in their own rights”
Simeon Weedall is a percussive tap dancer who trained at London Studio Centre and graduated with the Vic Ray Tap Award. He has appeared in Chicago (tour and West End), played the lead tapper in Magic of the Dance (international tour) and was lead tapper for the Liam O’Connor Show (international tour). Simeon has also successfully choreographed, produced and appeared in his own tap company About Time (which toured the UK, before a stint on the West End) and he also co-created and produced Percussive Feet at the Brighton Festival and Pleasance Theatre London. These days you can find Simeon as dance captain; leading Stomp on a U.S Tour onto their residency in New York later this year.
On the left: Simeon Weedall, in STOMP (American Tour)
“ It's always good to remember where you started in life and I will never forget London Studio Centre and how my time there helped me move forwards and grow in the right direction. I will never forget the opportunities and encouragement everybody gave to me while I was there and the continued support you gave to me after I left”
To all our alumni working in exciting ventures across the world, we wish you the best of luck from everyone at London Studio Centre.