An actor who has appeared on stage and on TV in programmes like Coronation Street passed on acting tips to students.
Andrew Langtree visited Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College.
His first day was dedicated to working with the Year 9 students. Andrew taught his excited group about the different stage directions and terminology and then allowed them to act out a special scene from his most recent stage performance of Blood Brothers.
The students listened intently to his professional advice and heeded his suggestions for improvement with relish.
Andrew’s second day at MDTC involved a workshop with Sixth Form students. After the initial professional warm up activities, Andrew worked with them on contentless scripts.
They were given the insight into how to work with and interpret them. In small groups, they were encouraged to act out their ideas, showing motivation and intent with every performance. A special mention must go to Mr Boschetto, Drama Teacher at the College, for his tireless efforts in organising this opportunity for the Drama students.
Ellie Stocks, one of the 6th Form students, was ecstatic by the amount of knowledge she had learned from such an enjoyable day. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us all and how we enjoyed it. We have learned so much in such a short space of time and in such a fun way. We are bound to benefit from this experience when it is time for us to sit our exams.”
Mr Langtree promised to visit the college again in the near future. He graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 1998 and was soon treading the boards professionally, being cast in the leading roles of Mamma Mia, Fame, Blood Brothers and Ghost the Musical. He has also been seen on TV, appearing in programmes such as Cutting It, Holby City, The Royal, Heartbeat, Doctors, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. He has also performed for The Queen on three separate occasions – at the LIPA Inauguration, at Buckingham Palace and at the Royal Variety Performance.
He is pictured with students Katie Barker, Helen Long, Sophie Machin, Shelley Moncaster and Dalton Stewart-Stone.