Peterborough actor Luke Pasqualino is just one of several professionals giving young people an amazing insight into drama and the arts, as a Stamford drama school saves its summer festival by going online.

Due to the pandemic Tolethorpe Youth Drama has moved its usual popular summer festival online this year so that youngsters with a love of the arts and drama can still have a fantastic summer.

They’ve lined up some top names, professionals and special guests to give an amazing series of online masterclasses, talks and workshops. They’ll be covering everything from voice-overs to comedy, circus skills to dance.

Mary Benzies, Principal of Tolethorpe Youth Drama says – “Having had to postpone our annual ‘in-person’ festival this year due to the Covid19 outbreak, we are so excited to be able to offer this exciting event as a way to keep children and young people connected to quality arts experiences.

“We have the most incredible line-up of guests for our online festival. A mixture of masterclasses & workshops led by top professionals from the world of the performing arts and specifically designed for us at Tolethorpe Youth Drama!”

The Online Summer Arts Festival runs from August 5 – 14 covering musical theatre, film & TV, character work, comedy, dance, secrets of costumes, storytelling, circus skills and voice-over work with the chance to explore and learn from the professionals in the know.

Luke went on to star in hugely popular TV series The Musketeers and Our Girl as well as several films such as Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the Apparition, Love Bite and Snowpiercer. Luke will be giving a Masterclass on TV and Acting and holding a Q&A session on Wednesday August 5 at 4pm.

Other top names taking part include…

Gary Avis MBE, (Principal Character Artist & Senior Ballet Master with The Royal Ballet Company)

Twist & Pulse (Street Dance duo, winners of Britain’ Got Talent The Champion’s)

Janice Connolly (Stand-up Comedian, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist)

Joel Beckett (TV Actor, East Enders, The Office UK)

Steven Pinder (TV & Stage Actor, Wicked, Brookside, Emmerdale)

Nicky Adams (West End leading lady, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Miss Saigon)

It looks like there’s something for all ages! To find out more and book, head to:

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