Students go back in time - (L-R) Hollie Handforth, Katie Stringer, Stephanie Watson, Kate Randall, Adam Pattinson, Olivia Harker, Ben Fisher, Rachael Davison, Jessica Scott, Hannah Clarke, Rebecca Kenney

Students Step Back In Time to Take Centre Stage

Sun, 2001-12-23 00:00

Students from East Durham College have gone back in time to help out a local museum with its Christmas celebrations.

Performing Arts students from the College’s Peterlee Campus have been helping out at Beamish Open Air Museum during their Christmas evening events taking place throughout December.

The group of are 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 whist 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.

Amanda 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 believes the students have worked really hard to produce the show and can’t 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 will be performing again tomorrow at Beamish and next Friday 21st December at the Christmas Evenings which are sold out.