Success for Lancaster stage school kids


November 12, 2019

Six pupils from a Lancaster theatre school have set off on the next stage of their performing career.

The students are all from Turning Point Theatre Arts based at Lancaster Leisure Park where youngsters attend extra-curricular classes in dance, drama, music, and acrobatics.

Ellie Briggs and Elizabeth Gardner are going to study musical theatre at Liverpool Media Academy whose choir got to the live final of last year’s X Factor TV show.  Robbie Williams was so impressed, he now owns a stake in the college.

Anna Turner received multiple offers from a number of competing prestigious vocational dance schools and is the lucky recipient of a coveted full dance scholarship at Studio la Pointe in Leeds.

Hannah Norfolk also received multiple offers and has chosen to study dance and performing arts at Essex-based Performers’ College, whose patron is former ‘Strictly Come Dancing' judge Arlene Philips.

Saskia Rudge-Thompson will be studying dance at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts where pupils are regularly visited by its famous and supportive patron Paul McCartney. 

Thea Westaway is joining many former Turning Point pupils on the monthly Associates programme at Studio 10, also in Liverpool.

Gail Johnstone, principal of Turning Point, said: “I’m extremely proud of all their achievements.  

"As they’ve seen from many of our former pupils, they know they could go on to worldwide careers. 

"This has been a great year for the school; with 100% pass rate in our recent examinations, we feel we’re putting the North West on the map!”

All the graduating students will be returning to do a special performance at the school’s annual Christmas showcase at Lancaster University, helping to inspire the next generation of young performers in turn.