Students help in Christmas past

CHRISTMAS CAROL: Left to right, Hollie Handforth, Katie Stringer, Stephanie Watson, Kate Randall, Adam Pattinson, Olivia Harker, Ben Fisher, Rachael Davison, Jessica Scott, Hannah Clarke, Rebecca Kenney
CHRISTMAS CAROL: Left to right, Hollie Handforth, Katie Stringer, Stephanie Watson, Kate Randall, Adam Pattinson, Olivia Harker, Ben Fisher, Rachael Davison, Jessica Scott, Hannah Clarke, Rebecca Kenney

PERFORMING arts students have stepped back in time to join in the festivities at a popular museum.

Students from East Durham College, in Peterlee, are honing their period acting skills by helping out with the Christmas celebrations at Beamish Museum, near Stanley.

The 43 students across levels 1-4 in performing arts, level 4 music and level 3 creative media production, have been providing entertainment for visitors to the museum by taking part in performances of A Christmas Carol.

Curriculum leader for creative industries at East Durham College, Amanda Gregory, believes the events at Beamish are a fantastic opportunity and shows the students a different avenue beyond theatre and TV.

She said: “We’re really grateful for being given the opportunity by Beamish to be able to demonstrate the high standard of work that our students are capable of.

“The creative sector is incredibly broad and encompasses so many different opportunities for creative expression. It has been a really useful experience for the students to gain a sense of the range of activities beyond TV and theatre work.”

Second year foundation degree music student and president of the Students’ Union at East Durham College, Stacey Luckhurst, said the students have worked really hard to produce the show and cannot wait to be a part of this unique opportunity.

Stacey, 23, from Peterlee, said: “Being part of Beamish is a great opportunity for me and the other students, as Beamish has never allowed anyone come in to deliver their own production before, so it is a great privilege.

“All of the students have worked so hard to produce an entertaining and family friendly production that still maintains its traditional nature.”

The students were due to be performing today at Beamish and again on Friday, December 21, at the Christmas evenings which are sold out.