GANF pupil, and Head Boy at Ambergate Sports College, Lucas Wilson, has landed a role in Peter Pan, a Pantomime showing throughout December and the New Year at the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham.
This is Lucas’s story, in his own words…..
“I think how I got into acting was when I was really little, I went to a show and the company that did it were called 'Image Theatre'. They chose people from the audience to be in a bit of the show. I had to do a bit of dancing, and from there, I just liked acting.
From then on I did a few holiday drama sessions including ‘Oliver’ with Polka Dot Theatre, playing a workhouse boy, ‘Papa Shrek’ with New Youth Theatre, and ‘Buzz Club’, which was run by Rhubarb Theatre.
In the last few years I have also done Easter holiday workshops with ‘Enchanted Entertainment’ and I have been able to be in their Easter Pantomime that had Dani Harmer and Bobby Davro in them too!
At school I really loved being able to do some drama when I was picked to be in the ‘Frankenstein Project’, run by Box Clever Theatre.”
“So now, how I got into dancing…
When I was about 6 years old, my sister and I joined a synchronised ice skating team, and performed in some cities across the U.K., and I was picked to do an ice skating solo in the gala at Nottingham Ice Arena.
I loved dancing on the ice, and then I wanted to dance off ice. I went to a company called 'Beth Cresswell School of Dance' which I still go to now, and that is where I learnt to dance off ice. I was picked yet again to do a solo for our demos, this is when we do dances to show off what we do at that dance school.
And from there, I just loved dancing!
So now we are to summer - 2017, and I did a week holiday production with a theatre group called 'Bailey & Burns’, it was a big group doing a 45 minute show. When it came to Grantham, I decided I wanted to do it, but even though it was a mainstream environment, I gave it a go, the group was small, there was 9 people in it, and by the end of the week, we pulled off an excellent show.
During the same summer holidays, on the exact day the auditions for the Panto were on, I decided to audition for the role of Michael or John, and I knew that if I didn't get picked, at least I gave it my all.
It was the picking stages of the audition, where they select who was in it, and who wasn't.
Polkadot Pantomimes called 6 people to be the Michaels and Johns for each team (there were three teams - A, B, C) and I didn't get picked, but then they said that they had other roles to give out to us, and that was lost boy leader, and the roles of Nana the dog, the crocodile and an Indian Chief. I was overwhelmed to get those parts!
Now we are here, to this current day, and I have just done my first rehearsal this weekend!
GANF pupils and staff will be going to see the Pantomime on Tuesday 12th December, and we are really looking forward to it.