Performing Arts students from St Vincent Sixth Form College’s School of Personalised Learning have been playing to packed houses with their version of Shrek The Musical.
The first and second year students, who all have special educational needs, have been coached by Karen Philp, who praised their professionalism and hard work after they entertained school pupils, parents, and students at five performances in the college’s own theatre.
“My students, as always, were professional and performed to a high standard,” she said.
She reserved special praise for lead actor Shay Meadows, who played the part of Shrek. “Shay has been at St Vincent for six years and since joining the Performing Arts course, he has transformed from a student with poor attendance and little interest in college into a very mature young man who has found a passion in performing and has the ability to take on a leading role,” said Mrs Philp.
She said his progress demonstrates why the course is so successful.
“Shay is a credit to the course and is an amazing example of how students with learning disabilities can excel at subjects like Performing Arts if given the support and opportunity,” she said.
The students perform regular productions throughout the year. Earlier this year they took part in a comedy version of Treasure Island and have also produced, directed, and starred in their own film.