Students Deliver Dazzle!

Students provide razzle dazzle for school shows

STUDENTS from Stoke-on-Trent College are stepping in to add the technical touches to two festive school shows.

Parents and pupils at The Co-Operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent based in Tunstall, are set to benefit from hours of hard work behind the scenes by a team of technical theatre students whose expertise in sound and lighting will ensure their special concert has a truly professional touch.

Technical theatre lecturer, Simon Wain, said the show offered a great opportunity for the students to get hands-on experience, giving them vital skills they would need to handle working on touring shows in their future careers.

Simon said:

“Martin Nolan, head of music at the academy, approached me for some advice and we got talking about their Christmas show, and I realised we could take all the hassle away for them and support them. This is the fifth year we’ve been to the academy. For our students it’s a totally different experience for them to doing an inhouse show here at college, as they have to go and put all the infrastructure in from scratch in order to do the show, so it’s great experience for them and for the workplace later on. This does stand them in good stead in the future. One of my students, Kelly Morris, is now operating sound in the West End, and many of our students go into the top drama schools such as Mountview and RADA. It’s a service we can offer to other schools too, as long as it fits in with what we do here, and we can offer lighting, sound, a sound stage and rig – everything technical they could need.”

Martin Nolan at academy, said:

“Simon and his team bring some fabulous equipment which enhances our concerts and inspires our students to perform at their best. They are a great team to work with and we are looking forward to this Christmas in our new building. Our Christmas concert is on December 19 at 7pm and is for parents and pupils.”

Once they have packed away at the academy the students are set to step in at Sandon High School for their school show scheduled for early in the New Year.Any schools interested in calling in Simon and his technical theatre team can contact the college on 01782 208208, or for more details about the theatre and performing arts courses at the college visit or join us on facebook at

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