Wildcats students star on West End stage

Soloist Helen Holroyd at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket EMN-140515-112451001
Soloist Helen Holroyd at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket EMN-140515-112451001

The thrill of performing at a West End theatre in London was shared on Sunday by pupils of the Stamford-based Wildcats Theatre School.

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, home to Phantom of the Opera, every month allows theatre schools from across the country to showcase young performers.

Wildcats, which runs classes across the East Midlands, has worked with the director of the Sunday Night Live shows for years, a link which secured slots for several of its students.

Nineteen-year-old Helen Holroyd performed a very special solo on Sunday.

Helen, from Stamford, has been with Wildcats since it opened in 2008 but will soon be leaving for higher education training.

She sang Times Like This from the musical Lucky Stiff.

As a youngster she loved swimming at Deeping pool, but volunteering with a friend at a holiday dance and drama workshop when she was 12 sparked a new love. She continued to volunteer, became an assistant at Wildcats, then a class teacher before joining its Post 16 Academy.

Helen said: “The course gave me the opportunity to develop my technical ability in voice, acting and dance whilst continuing to work and develop my teaching experience.”

Wildcats owner Caz Dolby added: “She is a huge part of Wildcats and we have watched her grow and develop over time. Her performance in the West End was outstanding.”

Thirteen-year-old Georgia Burdock and Chloe Patman, 14, both from Baston, were principal soloists.

The pair, who auditioned for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, worked for months perfecting the duet Some Things Were Meant To Be from Little Women.

They got to use the dressing room of the lead performer who plays Christine in Phantom of the Opera - a huge privilege. They also performed in the final song of the show alongside seven other principal performers from the Post 16 Academy.

Caz said: “Both Georgia and Chloe are incredible students who have proved that hard work, dedication and commitment are what are required to become a performer.”

Wildcats also visits schools to work with pupils, and youngsters from Copthill School in Uffington Road, Stamford, performed at Her Majesty’s.

For six months they have worked on producing two musical medleys, learning very quickly the skills required for a West End performance.

They enjoyed a tour of the theatre and also performed in a full dress rehearsal run.

Caz added: “The Copthill children did incredibly well – the confidence that they all gained from this performance was clear to see.”

Meanwhile, it has just been announced that Wildcats students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate across all subjects in London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (Lamda) exams taken in February.

An outstanding 35 per cent of them got distinctions and another 50 per cent merits. For more about Wildcats, go to www.wildcatstheatreschool.co.uk or phone Emma on 01780 762000.