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Spotlight on St Peter’s School pupils

St Peter's School

Spotlight on St Peter’s School pupils

National Youth Theatre

Two pupils from St Peter’s School have been accepted by the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. L6 pupil Beth and 3rd form pupil Amelia both auditioned for the National Youth Theatre last year and received confirmation of their success last week.  

The audition involved a 3-hour ensemble workshop in the morning, followed by a 1-2-1 audition in the afternoon, which gives individuals a chance to explore ensemble theatre as well as performing a monologue of their choice. 

Successful candidates, including Beth and Amelia, are invited to join an intake course in summer 2020, which this year will be hosted via Zoom. Beth and Amelia will remain members of the National Youth Theatre Company until they turn 26, opening doors to a huge range of opportunities.  

Speaking of her achievement, Beth said: “When I found out that I had made it into the National Youth Theatre I was overjoyed and so excited for the opportunities that it will open up for me over the next eight years. I feel so blessed to be part of the NYT community and I will make the most of all it has to offer. I know it will give me a great insight into the theatre industry and I look forward to the challenges and adventures ahead” 

Amelia said: “My favourite part of auditioning was talking to the auditioners. Even though I was nervous, especially because I was one of the youngest there, we laughed a lot which put me at ease. The whole thing was really fun and everyone was friendly. When I found out I was accepted, I didn’t believe it was true and was tempted to call to see if they’d made a mistake! Then I was so excited that I had to force myself to concentrate on my school subjects. I’m so excited to be part of this company.” 

Both girls will continue to perform when they are able to return to school. Drama & Theatre Studies is studied as an academic subject at St Peter’s, with excellent results at GCSE and A-level, but it is also a thriving co-curricular activity with numerous productions staged each year. 

Sarah McKie, House Mistress to both girls, said: ‘Beth and Amelia are incredibly talented performers and I am delighted that they have succeeded in securing such competitively sought after tutelage from the National Youth Theatre. They are both passionate performers and I am excited to follow their journey as a proud housemistress. Well done, girls!’ 

Bev Veasey, Drama Teacher at St Peter's, said: 'We are extremely proud of Beth and Amelia. Over 5000 young actors apply each year, for just 500 places. It is a company where many of our most skilful actors began their careers. The experiences that they will have and the connections that they will make will be invaluable. Their success demonstrates their hard work and commitment in preparing for the audition and we can’t wait to hear about their experiences this coming summer and beyond.'

Jeremy Walker, Head Master at St Peter’s School, said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement and all of us at St Peter’s are very proud of this success. It takes tremendous dedication to be selected for the National Youth Theatre and I know that Beth and Amelia will make the most of this amazing opportunity.’