This week we caught up with our amazingly talented graduate, Mr Oliver Ormson. Oliver is 27 and graduated from LTS is 2012. Since then he has gone on to work in both television and stage with dreams of going right to the top. His first professional job was playing the notoriously handsome Link Larkin in ‘Hairspray’ at the Aberyswyth Arts Centre. Since then he has played the role of ‘Bernardo’ in the BBC1 show ‘West Side Story’. many different roles in theatre including, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Tenor in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Tenor again in ‘Soprano VS Tenors’ European tour, Swing/1st Cover Elder Price in ‘The Book of Mormon’ at the Prince of Wales Theatre and finally the role of Lucas Beineke in ‘The Addams Family Musical’ UK tour. Oliver is on the up and up and continues to impress in everything he does. With all this incredible work already under his belt, we asked Oliver, where do you want to be in 5 years time?
I would like to be an established leading man in the West end in 5 years’ time. Also, I would have like to cross the pond, and hopefully would have worked on Broadway in some capacity. By then, I also would have like to have worked in various TV and film productions.
We’re sure you’ll get there Oliver, keep working hard at what you’re doing and the dreams will come true. We decided to ask Oliver a few questions about his time at LTS, so firstly we asked, what did you enjoy most about training at LTS?
I enjoyed the intensity of the musical theatre course at LTS. There were times that my body and mind were so tired, but I could feel myself improving every day. The teachers would push you to be the best possible version of yourself.
We see students on certain aspects of performance every day and that is why we do what we do. Seeing growth, development and improvements in our students is what working at LTS is all about. We then asked Oliver, why do you think prospective students should consider studying at LTS?
Its very rare at theatre schools today to get individual attention when you are in class, because other theatre schools have a huge amount of pupils in each class. I found at LTS because of their smaller class size, that there was no hiding during exercises, so teachers would notice any improvements you could make. It may sound daunting to feel exposed, but having that knowledge passed on, individually to you, is so valuable and that why you can see vast improvements in the students at LTS over the 3 years.
We pride ourselves on our smaller class sizes and the one to one teaching that our students receive. We’re a very close knit group here at LTS, our staff know the students inside out, they know their strengths and their weaknesses. and how to approach the students to help them develop. We find that building up a close relationship and trust helps the students to improve on aspects of performing that they’re struggling with. Finally we asked Oliver, what is your favourite memory/story of your time at LTS?
My favourite memory at LTS would have to be in my first year when I had to sing Mr. Cellophane in the summer show. All the boys in the school auditioned to sing the solo song, and I was the one who got it. My performance of Mr. Cellophane helped me to earn ‘Performer of the year’ at the end of the year awards. I felt during that year I worked hard to improve and being to able to sing a solo song in front of everyone was a great way to finish my first year at LTS.
Thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule Oliver, it is great to hear how much you enjoyed your time at LTS. Keep working hard and we’re sure you’ll reach the heights you dream of. Stay in touch and come back soon!
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