Year 10 student, Florence Streather, has been awarded a Grade 8 Distinction award in Musical Theatre in Production following her participation in an original musical theatre piece entitled ‘Extinction’.
Following her successful audition to become part of the British Youth Theatre Company in February of this year, Florence travelled to Surrey to spend two weeks of the summer devising the piece, that focused on the impacts of climate change, under the guidance of industry experts, including Khyle Eccles, Nicola Chang and Rachel Birch-Lawson. The culmination of their efforts saw performers take to the stage at the Rhonda McGaw Theatre.
As part of the production process, Florence was assessed by Trinity College, London; her efforts resulted in the highest award available being given.
“I really enjoy Performing Arts”, explains Florence, “I started dancing at seven years old, but it wasn’t until I arrived at Newton Abbot College that I started to become interested in Performing Arts. I am quite shy normally, but I don’t feel like that when I am performing and I get more confident every time I am on stage. Ultimately, I would really like to work in the Performing Arts as a career.”
Teacher of Performing Arts and Dance, Sarah Wilkinson, said: “Since joining us at Newton Abbot College, Florence has become an exceptional member of the Performing Arts Department. She is committed, shows initiative and is highly skilled in a wide range of the arts. Because of this, she was awarded ‘Best in Subject’ at last year's Creative Arts Awards. Despite her amazing achievements, Florence is an incredibly humble and young performer who consistently finds new ways and opportunities to develop her skill. We are so very proud of her and her most recent achievement!”