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Stagedoor opens for record number of Sutton students

Stardom beckons for performing arts students at Sutton Coldfield College who have now gained places at some of the UK’s most prestigious stage schools.

The majority of the college’s acting, dance and musical theatre students are going to university in September, with some successfully auditioning to join schools and academies attended by many of the UK’s top actors, singers and dancers.

This bumper crop of students includes Jasmine Finlan-Tuck who has been offered places at a number of dance schools, including the Bird College of Dance in Kent.

“It’s great knowing that industry people believe in me,” said the 18-year-old. “I’d never have made it this far without the opportunities my course gave me. Auditioning for and performing in so many college shows, for local dance companies and theatres has been a big part of my development.”

Also hitting new heights is Emily Palmer, 18, who is going to the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts in Bedford.

“These last few months have been about college shows, coursework and stage school auditions – now it’s all come together,” she said.

Others set for further showbiz success are Todd Dougan who is joining London’s Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. In addition, Ruby Morrigan and Jada Campbell have accepted places at Addict Dance Academy in Leicestershire and Sophie Marsh is enrolling at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks in Blackpool.

“Our students have worked hard to achieve their goals so we couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Department Manager, Lorraine Foggin. “Many of our past students have enjoyed major careers on stage, screen and across all areas of the industry. They have then come back to the college to deliver workshops and give talks.

“Hopefully our class of 2018 will be doing the same thing in future as part of their incredibly busy schedules.”


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