Sheffield College drama students will be showcasing their new £8.8 million training facilities next week.
Sixty students are staging their first performance in the new Centre for Creative Industries at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street. High School Musical is a romantic comedy that tells the story of two teenagers from rival social groups, one of whom plays for a basketball team.
College students were inspired to develop their basketball drills for the play with a visit from the Sheffield Sharks. Players have put them through their paces to ensure the stage performance is as true to life as possible.
Atiba Lyons, Head Coach, Sheffield Sharks, who attended the event, said: “It was great to come in and work with the students. They are really enthusiastic and we had a great time. I hope our input helped, and their production goes well.”
Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “We equip students with the skills they need to go on to successful careers and the next level course. We do that by working with a range of industry professionals, and I’d like to thank Sheffield Sharks for their support on this project.”
High School Musical runs on December 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th at 7.15pm at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus. For tickets call 0114 2602600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative industries specialisms offered at the College include art and design, graphic design, games development, media, music, journalism, dance and drama, and photography.
Courses previously located at Norton campus, which closed in the summer, have moved across to Hillsborough campus. The students involved in staging High School Musical are completing either a BTEC Diploma in Acting or a production arts course.
The upgrade to the College’s accommodation reflects a longer term plan to ensure that all students train in the latest high quality industry standard facilities to boost their skills.
Jo Beadle, Performing Arts Lecturer, added: “We are looking forward to showing off our fantastic new facilities. This show promises to be really lively with some great songs, energetic dancing and basketball drills as taught to the students by the Sheffield Sharks.”
The Sheffield College – which is Ofsted graded ‘Good’ – provides academic, vocational and professional qualifications to 20,000 young people and adults a year, and has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually. Qualifications include apprenticeships, vocational diplomas, A Levels, access courses and foundation degrees.
This term, the College launched The Sheffield College Guarantee, which applies to all new students, aged 16 to 18, starting full-time courses, lasting more than six months. On successful completion of their course, the College is guaranteeing that students will have an apprenticeship or a job offer or an offer of a place on a higher education course at the College or university, or a progression route to one of them.