Turning Point Theatre Arts Ready to Turn Heads in Hollywood
Gone are the days when ambitious kids dreamed of treading the boards in the West End. For the pupils of Lancaster’s Turning Point Theatre Arts, the world really is their oyster, with an amazing trip of a lifetime (and opportunity to show off their skills) in Hollywood!
The dance and drama school, based at Lancaster Leisure Park, first pirouetted across the pond in 2016, taking 29 pupils to experience the bright lights of LA. Representing Lancaster, they created such an impression that a return invitation has been issued, giving the next crop of young hopefuls a golden opportunity to learn from the best, at the heart of the global entertainment industry.
17 pupils aged between 11 and 19, plus 4 chaperones, will be immersed in an exciting array of dance and theatre related activities, including performing on Hollywood’s famous Boulevard. They’ll see behind the scenes at film sets, theatres, TV recordings and backlots including Universal Studios and CBS. With time for fun including a tour of stars’ homes, the trip culminates in a dance performance on stage at Disneyland, California.
The group will be in the experienced hands of Kim Davey, who is a working actress and presenter on American television. This allows invaluable access to the unwritten processes of professional networking, contacts, and how to audition and work overseas. The pupils will get the chance to take part in mock auditions and learn just what is expected from them when it comes to landing that dream Hollywood role!
Turning Point’s Principal, Gail Johnstone, knows a trip like this can be literally life-changing: “Our 2016 students returned glowing with inspiration and confidence, as well as priceless international coaching advice and contacts. It’s taken a lot to plan and organise, but I feel it’s so important to give my students the opportunity to study and perform with industry professionals a world away from the regular practice studio environment.”
Turning Point is no stranger to success. Many of the school’s alumni have secured places at top performing arts schools as well as enjoying hugely successful careers. A local inspiration is Gail’s niece, Holly Johnstone, who reached the final of BBC 1’s “Tumble” before working with former Cirque Du Soleil artiste, Franco Dragone in Dubai’s hottest new show “La Perle”.
For Gail, it’s about encouraging a lifelong love of dance as a hobby, as well as a possible future profession. She adds; “Turning Point Theatre Arts have had a busy and successful academic year and this is a lovely end to the term. I know many of the parents are just as excited as the children!”