TENSIONS are running high among students at Stoke on Trent College as they compete to see who among them will win the opportunity to work alongside professionals at London’s Royal Opera House.
More than 40 students from across the college are set to come under the scrutiny of staff from London’s Royal Opera House who will visit Stoke on Trent College’s Burslem Campus in Moorland Road to judge entries in costume design, theatrical hair and make-up, set design and educational resource for their upcoming performance of Tosca.
The competition is run by the National Skills Academy in partnership with the Royal Opera House, and last year Stoke on Trent College were winners in the wigs and make-up section, and were invited behind the scenes during a performance of La Boheme at the world famous Covent Garden venue.
Audrey Ebrey, a lecturer in art and design who is leading the project, said: “This is a great opportunity for our students to put their skills into practice and compete at a national level.
“I am extremely hopeful that at least one if not more of our students will be selected by the judges to go through to the finals in London at the end of February. I went down with our group of students who were shortlisted last year to the Royal Opera House, and the whole experience was amazing, and the students were really bowled over by it all. Whoever wins this will really enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime learning from the best in the business.”
Stoke on Trent College is a Founder College of the National Skills Academy (Creative and Cultural)