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LSC ALUMNI: FESTIVE ROUND-UP 2019

FESTIVE ROUND-UP/2019

We are proud of the diverse range of employment our graduates undertake, from performing to choreographing to teaching, our graduates pursue a multitude of career paths, often undertaking multiple roles at one time. Here is a round-up of what our graduates were up to over the festive season:

 

CHRISTMAS SHOWS

Esme Bacalla-Hayes starred as Princess Anastasia in Sleeping Beauty at The Greenwich Theatre

Elle Locke was also performing in Sleeping Beauty at Venue Cymru

Jack Ford danced in Cinderella at the Northampton Royal and Derngate, for Qdos Productions alongside fellow graduate Myriam Maley

Danielle Louise Paine appeared as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan for Qdos Entertainment in Crewe

Danni Settle featured in Christmas Live at Doncaster Racecourse for Explosive Productions

Aaron Barker was involved in a production of Snow White working for Qdos Productions at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Keely Taylor-Hall joined the cast of Snow White for Worcester Live

Abby Bryant was dancing in Milton Keynes in a production of Aladdin working alongside fellow graduates Clare Korniichuk and Hiromi Ty

Joe Davies featured in Aladdin at the King’s Theatre, Portsmouth for Mark Thompson Productions

Zoé Pembroke performed in Aladdin at Windsor Theatre Royal whilst also undertaking the role of Dance Captain

Kitty Hollingsworth took on the role of Harpo in Jack and The Beanstalk at Theatre Peckham alongside fellow cast member and LSC graduate, Tamara McKoy Patterson

Daisy Edwards secured the role of Dance Captain in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Oxford Playhouse. Victoria McCabe undertook the role of Jasmine in Aladdin for Evolution Pantomimes

Charlotte Alloway starred in Beauty and the Beast for Qdos Productions at The Belfast Opera House whilst also choreographing for West End Musical Brunch Christmas productions and The Greatest Brunch which launched in November 2019

Matilda Jarvis joined a production of Beauty and the Beast at The Theatre Royal in Bath for UK Productions. Lucy Roberts toured with Beauty and the Beast for Chaplins Entertainment playing the role of Beauty

Amber Jackson-Bond directed and then undertook the role of Swing for Hurricane Productions in Jack and the Beanstalk

Lydia Mary Hall played Maid Marion in Robin Hood at the Core Theatre in Solihull

Aisha Numah was dancing in the ensemble of Peter Pan at the Swansea Grand Theatre. Molly Rose Barton co-produced and performed in Ho Ho Ho: The Variety Show at the Lion and Unicorn for two nights in December 2019 in aid of St. Christopher’s Hospice alongside fellow graduate (and member of LSC office staff!) Karen Moses

Wendi Peters was busy playing Fairy Bon-Bon in Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre Royal Bath.

 

UK THEATRE

Adrian Rhys will be playing Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls at The Crucible in Sheffield

Natalie Bennyworth was in Singin in the Rain at The Mill at Sonning choreographed by fellow graduate Ashley Nottingham.

 

TOURS

Morgan Scott spent the Christmas season playing Bill Bailey in The Cyprus tour of CATS

Fellow graduate Gavin Eden was also performing in CATS in Manila and Singapore over the festive period

Rhianna Richards joined the international tour of Thriller Live which was touring Saudi Arabi & Switzerland during the festive period

Gemma Archer was in Luxembourg with Bill Kenwright’s UK & international tour of Cabaret the Musical. Jackie Anderson was performing as Cynthia in the tour of

Priscilla Queen of the Desert which played in Brighton over Christmas (the tour then continues until May 2020)

Stephen Sexton was touring Europe performing in The Andrew Lloyd Webber gala with fellow graduate Maddy Jane

Edward Stevens returned to The Snowman on an international tour to Hong Kong and Singapore sharing the title role with another graduate Bradley Apple

Sam Rodulfo was busy rehearsing for a UK tour with the Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and The Nutcracker

Lance Collins was touring Europe in The Bodyguard.

 

OVERSEAS/CRUISES

Kristian Studsgaard was in Copenhagen in the run up to the festive season directing CABARET which premiered on the 20th November 2019

Florence Georgia Ventham was chosen to be part of the inaugural cast of the brand new show at Disneyland Paris entitled Frozen 2: An Enchanted Journey

Heather Lauren Gould undertook the role of Dance Captain while performing as a Showgirl in Germany alongside Rhiannon Munson-Hobbs. Harriet Carr spent the festive season performing at Disneyland Paris both as a parade dancer and character performer

Daniele Salvatore Arbisi secured a Christmas contract in the Caribbean as Production Vocalist on P&O’s flagship, Britannia

Iván Delgado del Río undertook the role of Principal Dancer in the new production of Swan Lake at the Mogador Theater in Paris

James Leece was performing in Dance of the Vampires at Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen

Philippa Yates was dancing onboard the new MSC ship Grandiosa, her contract runs until May 2020

Becky Bennett joined the cast of Pretty Women Das Musical in Hamburg over the Christmas period and will remain a member of the cast until January 2021

Hannah Robotham was dancing onboard the Coral Princess whilst also working as Assistant Cast Manager, she spent Christmas 2019 in Antarctica

Jamie Weston was also sailing the seven seas working as a Production Dancer on the Celebrity Reflection and will be onbaord until the beginning of April 2020

Mariana da Silva was in Lisbon dancing at the Teatro da Trindade with fellow graduate Leonor Rolla, their contract runs until March 2020

Tilly Thomson is engaged as a Production Dancer on Cunard Queen Mary 2 until the end of May 2020. Rachel Boxall was appearing as a showgirl in Palais des Etoiles, Landau, Germany with fellow graduate Emily Carter

Marc Vizuete will be onboard the Oceania Riviera as a dancer until March 11th 2020.

 

CREATIVE ROLES

Nikki Laurence returned to her role as Musical Director in Welwyn Garden City for their 2019 production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Lynne Chandler Thomas choreographed Cinderella at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, a production that featured two of London Studio Centre’s own Jazz Company 2019 graduates

Sian Owen undertook the role of Assistant Choreographer to Lynne Chandler Thomas on this production

Chris Whittaker choreographed both the UK tour of The Marriage of Kim K as well as the pantomime Snow White in Barnstable in the run up to Christmas 2019

Steven Mear was busy choreographing several productions in the run up to Christmas including Mary Poppins which opened in November 2019 and Funny Girl which opened at The Marigny Theatre. He then began choreographing City of Angels for the Donmar in early January 2020

Rebecca Howell was busy choreographing at Teatro La Scala Milano and Theatre Calgary's production of THE LOUDER WE GET directed by Lonny Price.

 

WEST END

Anna Woodside spent the festive season performing in White Christmas at The Dominion Theatre in the West End of London

Kathryn Barnes is currently appearing as a member of the Ensemble/Swing in the UK tour of Curtains The Musical Comedy

The tour landed in the West End over the Christmas break playing at The Wyndhams Theatre from December 13th – January 11th

Cassidy Jansen undertook the role of Anne in the world premiere of & Juliet in October 2019

The show then transferred to the West End in November where it ran throughout the Christmas period

The show has now been nominated for a record number of WhatsOnStage Awards including a nomination for Cassidy herself and booking has now been extended until October 2020

Cassidy stars alongside fellow graduate Ivan de Freitas who is currently playing Lord Capulet in the West End production

Mary Poppins opened in the West End in November 2019 with LSC graduate Zizi Strallen in the titular role enjoying performances throughout the remainder of 2019 the show looks set to run long into 2020

Nolan Edwards was performing as a member of the ensemble in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Graduates Sebastian Torkia, Matt Krzan, Georgia Carling, Alex Louize Bird, all continued their roles in the West End production of Matilda over the festive season

Alex Bartles was busy entertaining audiences in the West End production of 9 to 5 The Musical and continues in his role as part of the ensemble at The Savoy Theatre this year

Ross Sands continued to wow audiences over the festive season in Magic Mike Live at The Hippodrome

Jason Pennycooke was starring as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton at The Victoria Palace Theatre and Angela Marie Hurst continued her role as Swing at the Aldwych Theatre.

 

BROADWAY

Celia Mei Rubin was cast as Dance Captain/Standby for a handful of roles in the original Broadway cast of A Christmas Carol

Rana Roy continued her run in Ink on Broadway, the play in which she made her Broadway debut.

 

FILM AND TV

Tom Hooper’s film CATS played at cinemas worldwide throughout the festive season

Starring Jazz Peters, Zizi Strallen, Abigayle Benton, Nicole Bondzie and Clemmie Sveeas along with Ellen Kane who was also involved in the film in the role of Dance Supervisor

Alex Browne filmed a TV Commercial in the run up to Christmas, he was stilt walking in the advert

Luke Evans performed his version of Bring Him Home, one of the tracks from his new album At Last on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in the build up to Christmas

Nicholas Pinnock’s new film Dark Encounter launched in the UK prior to Christmas and the US on January 7th 2020.

 

GRADUATE DANCE SCHOOLS NEWS

Students of the dance school Fantasy Feet, run by LSC graduate Philippa Harries, will feature in the local pantomime production of Aladdin

Claire Monaghan is directing The Nutcracker in Yarm this December

Christina Phillips-Kelly's studio are rehearsing for Swan Lake which will be performed in January 2020 with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer UK.