Clacton’s Princes Theatre became an exam hall for two days last week as drama students performed for a prestigious national group.
In all 60 students aged 7-17-years-old took exams in acting, devised performance and musical theatre for LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), with an examiner from the academy coming to Clacton to mark them.
The youngsters, who are part of the Princes Youth Theatre or the Stagestruck Academy, earn UCAS points as part of the accreditation at higher levels, helping them to gain a place at college or university.
Melissa Wenn, Princes Youth Theatre principal, said Clacton was fortunate to be able to use the Tendring District Council-run theatre for exams.
“Private teachers have to send their pupils to other centres, in Ipswich and Chelmsford, so we are very lucky to be able to use a real working theatre right on our doorstep in Tendring,” she said.
“We have a fantastic cohort of students at the moment and they all performed well for their exams, so fingers crossed they score highly in their exams.
“The LAMDA exams give recognition to youngsters who may not necessarily be as academically talented, but who may have a bright future ahead of them in the theatre, and that is why these qualifications are so important.”