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Leicester Colleges’ Got Talent


Our Performing Arts department nurtures and develops some fantastic talent. Every year students go onto studying further with all the skills, knowledge and experience gained at Leicester College.

We interviewed five of our very talented musical theatre students who have secured themselves a place in a conservatoire. A conservatoire is a specialist college that teaches classical music or other arts.

Joe Harrison

Firstly there is Joe Harrison, who cancelled all his other interviews after securing a place at his dream school, ArtsEd. Joe told us:

“There were 50 boys at the audition. I had to do a dance workshop and sing a ballad song.”

Joe then got a recall, which lead him to doing an acting workshop and an interview with the principal.

“After my interview, I had to do my monologues in front of a panel, because you have to prepare one classical and one contemporary one. We also did some vocal exercises.”

Charlotte Burnette

Next, we have Charlotte Burnett who has dreams of performing in the West End one day as a professional performer. Charlotte went for an audition at Guildford School of Acting and was offered a place on the spot.

“There were two rounds of the audition and one interview. So I had the first round in November and I got a recall for my second interview in January. At the recall, they usually do the interview and then tell you in a couple of weeks if you’ve got it or not but luckily they liked me enough to offer me a space on the spot.”

Whilst at College Charlotte has had some great opportunities come her way, to help her build on her performing experience.

“At the start of the year, we did a flash mob in the Leicester train station. I also got a chance to do some backing vocals for a TV show.”

Harriet Caddick

Another one of our performing arts students is Harriet Caddick who comes from a background in dance.

“I went to a dance school and I did a few shows at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, including a couple of professionals ones and realised this is something I want to do as a career so I looked into this course.”

She has performed in shows and has some shows lined up for the summer.

“I was in Oliver, Sweeney Todd, Annie, The Sound of Music and more. I’m playing Susan from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe this summer.”

Harriet has secured a place at Emil Dale’s Performing Arts Academy with recalls from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Olivia-Parker Varty

Then there’s Olivia-Parker Varty who has also been very passionate about Performing arts (Musical Theatre) from a young age and has been going to Stage Coach all throughout school.

“I went to Stage Coach when I was little and I did that all through my school and it pushed me in that direction, so when I went to High school, I picked drama and dance. I also did a year of AS so I did theatre studies before I moved to Leicester College.”

Olivia feels she has benefited from the course and learnt a lot from her tutors.

“It’s been really good learning different dance styles and different acting techniques and having loads of different teachers as well. It’s nice to have two different acting teachers, you learn different things from them.”

Olivia is waiting to hear back from Leeds College of Music where she has applied for a place.

Lucy Woodcock-Tarry

Finally, we have Lucy Woodcock-Tarry. From the age of two Lucy has been practicing dance at the Dupont Dance Stage School. Her passion for dance and musical theatre bought her to Leicester College.

“I needed to find a course that was musical theatre rather than doing a-levels.”

Lucy feels positive about this course and how it has benefited her.

“It’s widened my skills. I wasn’t very confident with my acting and singing side of musical theatre and it’s just helped me develop that.”

Lucy has been accepted into Laine Theatre Arts for a three-year musical theatre course.

“In two to three years’ time, I hope to still be at Laine Theatre Arts, preparing for auditions for jobs.”

“I would recommend Leicester College because it’s got a variety of different cultures and the opportunities are really good.”


There is still time to get your tickets for the Leicester College Arts Fest 2019 where you can watch the End of Year Performances by our students showcasing their work for this year.

Shows on this year:

Show Dates  Time and Place
Pippin Wednesday 05 June 2019                Thursday 06 June 2019 Sue Townsend Theatre, 7 pm
Contact Tuesday 11 June 2019 Sue Townsend Theatre, 7 pm
The Kitchen Friday 14 June 2019 Sue Townsend Theatre, 7 pm


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