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Students perform their way to the top

August 2, 2013

Over 40 performing arts students from West Cheshire College took part in an end-of-year celebration event The Pete Southcott Awards.

Talented performing arts students receive medals and trophies at The Pete Southcott Awards

The Awards, now in its second year, are held in memory of Pete Southcott, the College’s former Manager of Performing Arts who died in 2007.

The event showcased the talents of students studying musical theatre and dance, theatre and performance, technical theatre, music practice, music technology and events management and promotions.

Awards presented on the evening included Most Positive Student, Most Professional Work Ethic and Leadership and Organisation. In addition, winners of the Pete Southcott Award in Dance and the Pete Southcott Award in Acting were chosen on the night after three finalists from each category performed in front of a panel of judges.

The judges, made up of the College’s senior management team and Pete’s former partner Carol Maynard a former employee of the College who now works at LIPA, selected Ellis Forster as the Pete Southcott Award in Dance winner and Jimmy Earlam won the Pete Southcott Award in Acting.

Ellis, 18, from Ellesmere Port, who also received awards in Classic Ballet and Most Professional Award, said: “It was such a surprise to win. I’ve just finished my course in dance and musical theatre and it was the best way to end my time at College.

“I danced to a lyrical Jazz piece which I also used as my audition for Kate Simmons Dance School in Warrington where I will be starting in September.

“I’ve really enjoyed the course here and I’ve had a lot of opportunities to develop my skills. I was the lead role in the College performance of the Nutcracker and I was also in Grease.

“My long-term goal is to become a professional dancer on a cruise ship - the College course has definitely given me the right skills and experience to go on to achieve this.”

Sharon Brown, Assistant Manager of The Arts at West Cheshire College, said: “The evening was a fantastic mix of performances by our talented students as well as rewarding those that have really stood out during the course.

“We have such a high level of talent at the College, which is why we decided to hold the Awards so they can be recognised. Many of our students have gone on to gain scholarships at prestigious performing arts schools and I wish them all the best of luck for the future.”

Students have secured scholarships with prestigious performing arts schools including Millennium Performing Arts in London, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and West London Creative Academy.

For more information about studying a performing arts course at West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit

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