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Oliver 

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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Carina

This week we caught up with our amazing graduate Carina Gillespie. Carina is 33 and graduated LTS 11 years ago in 2006. Since graduating she has worked professionally in the industry for 10 years. She started working as a recording artist after graduation, releasing a song that went to number 2 in the dance charts. She then toured with “Bass Hunter” and started writing her own music. One of her highlights of this period was being lucky enough to go to LA to gig with a rock band. After her return to England she the desire to perform returned  and she decided to audition for musicals. Her first role was “Maria Elena” in the Buddy Holly Story which she played for a year, touring the uk. She then turned her hand to short films, workshops and a few ‘Pantos’. She performed at the Edinburgh festival with a new musical called “Bloodbath” playing the part of Linda. alongside some of the West End’s best leading actresses. She then went on to play “Sandy” in Grease both on the West End and in the UK tour. Soon after she got the role of “Nessa Rose” on the original UK tour of “Wicked”. Currently she is working on the West End production of Wicked as the stand-by for “Glinda”.

It is safe to say that Carina has been up to a lot, especially when you find that she managed to squeeze getting married into all that. We wanted to find out a few things about how Carina found her time with us at LTS, so firstly we asked her, what did you enjoy most about your time at LTS?

“I loved my time at LTS and especially enjoyed working with the guest teachers that came in weekly from different shows. It was such a wide variety of productions so I felt like I knew what to expect from the audition processes for a wide range of shows. That gave me a lot of confidence.”

With our auditions just around the corner, we asked Carina, why she thinks, prospective students should consider training at LTS?

Students should definitely consider training at LTS as it breeds performers with personality, LTS embraces each quirk and nurtures it. They understands that not everyone has to be the same to work in this business.

Thank you for the kind words Carina, we certainly have had a few characters over the years. Finally, we wanted to know, what is your favourite memory of LTS?

My favourite memory of LTS is going to London for our showcase. It was so exciting to have all the agents in the audience and have the chance to perform on a west end stage. What made it even better was having a group of friends who you know so well by the end of the 3 years, share the experience with you.

We’re so glad you enjoyed your time at LTS and we’re so happy to see how well you’ve been doing. Keep working hard and come back and see us soon.

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Lisle

Last week we caught up with our fabulous graduate Lisle des Landes. Lisle is 23 now and graduated from LTS in 2016. Since graduating Lisle has filled his boots with as much theatre as he could, playing a range of different characters. He’s played Scrooge in a pantomime show of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and he performed as Peter Pan in Make Believe Production’s musical ‘The Return of Neverland’.  Recently he took part in a production of Jane Eyre alongside some other LTS graduates and is currently in rehearsal for Drops of Light productions Christmas pantomime, ‘Beauty & the Beast’.

It is safe to say that Lisle is keeping himself busy! With all this hard work, we asked Lisle, ‘Where do you want to be in 5 years?’ He replied;

If I’m being realistic, in 5 years I want to be able to say that theatre is what pays my bills. I want to be an established performer and I want to have created something myself to reflect how i see the world rather than just performing through another person’s lens.

A very honest answer and also something that Lisle seems like he is on his way to doing.  We then asked Lisle, what did you enjoy most about LTS? He said;

“For three years I got to live and breathe musical theatre. Even though it was tough at the time, I really enjoyed getting to dance, sing and act every single day without having to think about anything else.”

Lisle is someone very passionate about the arts and being given the opportunity to perform, so we asked Lisle why prospective students should chose LTS? He replied;

“There is nowhere else you can go and get the same one to one training you do at LTS. The teachers have a strong passion for theatre and they instil the same passion in you.”

Finally, after some kind words about the staff here at LTS, we asked Lisle, what is your favourite memory/story of your time at LTS? He said;   

“During rehearsals for our third year play, ‘Love and Information’, there was a scene between Emily and Marissa where they were playing nuns. We’d never seen them in costume before and out of the blue Matthew our director wanted to run a section of scenes together. They came in, in full nun attire which took us all by surprise! They couldn’t get through the scene looking at each other because it was making them laugh, meanwhile the rest of us were supposed to be frozen in positions and we were trying our best not to laugh either. It will forever be the most hilarious and terrifying moment of my time at LTS.”

Thank you very much for your time Lisle, we wish you all the best in Beauty & the Beast and all your projects to come later. Keep working hard and pushing yourself and we’re certain that the dream will become a reality. Stay in touch and thank you again,

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This week we caught up with our brilliant graduate Michael Bailey. Michael graduated from LTS in 2011 and since then has done a little bit of everything from ‘Panto’ both acting and choreographing to TIE and short films to tribute shows. Some of his main highlights though have been a 10 month contract on the Costa NeoRomamtica cruise ship and also being part of a brand new musical ‘Liver Birdsong’ which was on at the Epstien Theatre last December. He also turned his hand to the screen playing Vinnie Jones’ son in the 2016 movie Kill Kane. Currently he is working on two projects, firstly he is about to start rehearsing for the 25th Anniversary production of Her Benny which is on next year, playing Benny and secondly the Christmas ‘Panto’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Port Sunlight. We caught up with Michael and asked him a few questions, first we asked, where do you want to be in 5 years time?

I love screen work and hope that in that time I’ll have been able to expand my experience working in that genre. At this point in time TV shows are the strongest they’ve ever been, producing some of the most amazing material out there so to break into that arena is definitely a goal.

Brilliant! It’s amazing for us to see how many of our graduates use their training in acting to go into acting for television. I’m sure you’ll get where you want to be Michael. Secondly we asked him, what did you enjoy most about LTS?

I enjoyed learning so many different techniques across all different genres of performing. Before I came to LTS I wasn’t a dancer at all, but I loved becoming a dancer and discovering what I was capable of through the versatility of the teaching, which was outstanding and it got the best from me. I also loved how, although we took the work seriously, we never took ourselves seriously, we laughed until we cried every single day.

Lovely words about our fantastic school. He tells the truth, the hallways ring with laughter every time the students are on a break, but when in class, you could hear a pin drop. Work hard, play hard! With our auditions just around the corner, we asked Michael, why should prospective students chose LTS?

It gets the best from you effortlessly, you don’t see the transition. Then all of a sudden you notice you’re able to do things you couldn’t do before, people start to comment on how much you’re improving or how much stronger you are and you haven’t even noticed it. LTS encourages you to play to your strengths, and makes new strengths from your weaknesses.

Also, and I know this phrase gets used a lot, but LTS has such a family atmosphere. It’s not a college where the students are just numbers, there is a care for each individual and for each other.

And finally we asked, what is your favourite memory/story of your time at LTS?

Most of them I probably can’t repeat!!!! A LOT of mischief went on! Haha!

But showcase weekend definitely stands out. It’s what you work towards. The buzz of actually performing it in the West End is unsurpassable. Then to carry on the high you go and speak to agents, go and see shows, celebrate with the teachers and each other. It’s a special time.

And (I know this probably isn’t what you’re looking for but…) it would be criminal for me not to mention the time a prop was thrown into the audience during a performance of the 3rd year play ‘Road’ and it hit an audience member square in the face, singularly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen! My friend and I had to try and not laugh through the entire next scene which was a really serious monologue!

Very naughty, yet well done for the professionalism. Thank you for your time Michael! We’re sure if you keep working hard you get to the heights you’re dreaming of. Best of luck in the next projects and everything you do from then on. Thank you for catching up with us, we’ll see you soon!

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“It’s very rare at theatre schools today to get individual attention when you are in 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 is why you can see vast improvements in the students at LTS over the 3 years.”

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