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NYMT success for BMS students

Published Friday 1st of May 2015 04:04:25 PM

Bedford Modern School Year 13 students Tom Robinson, Fergus Dale, Olivia Olphin and Simon Whitaker have been picked from 800 hopefuls to join the prestigious National Youth Music Theatre's (NYMT) 2015 company this summer following recent national auditions. Tom is set to perform in Sweet Charity in Leicester's Curve Theatre and Simon, Olivia and Fergus will be part of the cast for Pendragon at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.

Last year both Tom and Fergus were cast in the NYMT's production of The Hired Man but for Simon and Olivia this will be their debuts.

Olivia, who attends BMS on a Performance Arts Scholarship-funded place has already received a number of offers from top Dance Colleges for places when she leaves, including the renowned Urdang Academy. 'I have always wanted to pursue a career in musical theatre as it combines my love of performance, singing and dance, so this is an incredible opportunity for me,' Olivia explained. 'I am looking forward to being involved in a show which looks set to be completely different from anything I have done before and learning from industry experts.'

17 year old Simon, BMS's highest achieving male student in 2013 with 11 A*s at GCSE, hopes to study Natural Sciences at a London university next year so that he can spend his spare time pursuing his passion for musical theatre. He said: 'I was thrilled to even get a call back so to be offered a place for the productions this summer is really special.

'At the auditions we saw how high the standard was and I'm so excited to be a part of the final cast for Pendragon. I take inspiration from actresses such as Carrie Hope Fletcher who is hugely successful in the West End but didn't go to drama school and I hope that I can follow that same path.'

Laura Coltman, Director of Performance Arts at Bedford Modern School added: 'We are so proud they are all extremely talented and committed performers. This is an outstanding achievement for them personally and involvement with the National Youth Music Theatre is widely recognised as an important stepping stone to a career in the Arts.

'All four students are supported by the School's Performance Programme in performing arts which is designed to help our most talented students take advantage of opportunities that can take them beyond the School experience. Following their key roles in the BMS production of Guys and Dolls this week, we are very excited about seeing them perform in professional theatres over the summer.'
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