A new programme at the Kings Theatre in Southsea is looking to develop young performing talent with multi-discipline training in the performing arts.
The Leading Lights programme launched last night with the chance to visit a rehearsal by the young performers who will be taking part in the new venture.
The Leading Lights initiative aims to encourage aspiring performers with a love and flair for drama to follow their passion.
Performers who are selected for the programme will take classes that will train them in singing, dancing and acting.
This training will enable students to complete the Gold Arts Award, a nationally-recognised qualification that is managed by Trinity College London in association with the Arts Council of England.
Leading Lights training will develop the performers’ skills and enable them to gain better access to industry professionals, training and advice in order to heighten their career prospects for future work in the field of performance.
The programme is also designed to enable the Kings Youth Theatre to push the boundaries of production content to include more challenging shows.
Joanna Bennington, youth theatre co-ordinator for the Kings Theatre, is very hopeful for the new initiative.
Joanna says: ‘The aim of Leading Lights is to really push those young people that already have a passion for theatre.
‘We are looking to give them a real grounding and a base in performing arts for the future.
‘Leading Lights performers will receive training in acting, singing and dancing.
‘We are going to try and challenge them and make them a triple threat.
‘I hope to see some of our young performers working in the West End one day!’