College students find the goose that lays the golden eggs of work experience

College News and Communications
Friday, 07 February 2020 11:47


Several of our Foundation Degree Specialist Hair and Media Makeup students have been working with the amateur dramatics society Coleshill on Stage, providing stage makeup for their recent production of Jack and the Beanstalk, at Coleshill Town Hall.

Carol English, Senior Technician – Hair & Beauty for South & City College has been a long-time friend of many regular cast members of the group, especially Lloyd Cast, who played the panto dame. Last year when Carol heard about an opportunity for students to gain some theatrical work experience, she jumped at the chance, as did several students.

The project started before Christmas once the students received character briefs, they discussed practiced and perfected what each of the looks would be. By the time they went to rehearsals in late January and saw what the makeup looked like under the stage lights, only a few minor adjustments were needed.

Before the rehearsals, all of the students that took part confessed to being very nervous and slightly scared. None of them had any experience of working within a live theatrical environment before and weren’t sure what to expect.
Amanda Poole said, “This work experience has really boosted my confidence. Having not worked in a theatre before, I loved working in that environment and I am now giving it serious consideration as a possible career after I graduate. I have already signed up to volunteer for the next production later in the year, which is Oliver.”

Raffy Mateus, who got to work on the makeup for the pantomime dame said, “Lloyd was so much fun to make-up as a dame. He really helped to make the process easy. When I graduate, I’d really like to work either in a theatre or on TV shows or films.”

Lloyd, otherwise known as Dotty Dimple, had great things to say about Raffy, “She was professional and engaging throughout. She had a quiet confidence that grew as the week unfolded. Knowing that I looked fabulous gave me the confidence I needed to go on stage every night and deliver performances I was proud of.”

Carol English added, “This project was so enjoyable. It is also invaluable real-world work experience for our students, which will enhance their CVs and make them much more desirable to employ once they graduate.”
Despite working very hard for five days, all of the student volunteers said that they were sad after the final curtain call. As a thank you, the students were presented with large boxes of chocolates, which have been shared with their classmates.

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