Theatre students' exam successes

By Adrian Darbyshire in Arts

Students from Douglas theatre school Gale Force have been celebrating successes with their exam results.

Thirteen students recently took the Annual English Speaking Board (ESB UK) exams and all 13 got the highest grade of a distinction.

One of the students, Richard Corlett, from St John’s, achieved a 100 per cent mark and was nominated for ’Young Speaker under 25’ by the examiner Helen Pritchard who had travelled to the island to assess the students.

Ms Pritchard said: ’It was my first time here representing ESB and I have had the most enjoyable, rewarding, and hospitable day ever.

’These young people have performed on a scale unprecedented and, in particular, the presentations of Richard will stay in my mind for a very long time.’

Richard joined Gale Force at the age of six and by eight years old was the youngest soloist recording on Gale Force CDs singing in Manx, and unaccompanied, the Manx National Anthem.

Richard is a full-time teacher of Year six pupils (ages 10 and 11) at Peel Clothworkers’ School.

The 13 pupils were prepared and presented by Barbara Gale who - though no longer running the main Gale Force Theatre School Group - does maintain a small group of long-standing students and also some young students whom she teaches on a one-to-one basis, preparing them for exams in public speaking, verse speaking and reading, together with musical theatre exams and the Manx Music and Drama Festival.

Mrs Gale said that she was pleased with all her pupils, commended their studies and thanked all their family and friends for their support both to the students and to her.

She also thanked St John’s Methodist Church, which allowed its chapel to be made available for the exams through Margaret Kennaugh.

Mrs Gale also thanked Sue O’Hanlon for organising all the refreshments throughout the busy day.

The successful students were: Mimi Vogelzang (Junior Introductory), Aidan Vogelzang (Junior One), Jayne Cleator (Junior Two), Fern Corlett (Junior Two), Scarlett McKenna (Junior Two), Giles Beaumont (Senior Two - Grade 4), John Keig (Senior Proficiency - Grade 6), Rosie Hind (Senior Proficiency - Grade 6), Erica Elvezia (Senior Proficiency - Grade 6), Valentina Elvezia (Senior Proficiency - Grade 6), Timmy Chan (Advanced Certificate in Language Arts), Mike Bonham (Advanced Certificate in Language Arts) and Richard Corlett (Advanced Certificate in Language Arts).

One of the students, Richard Corlett, from St John’s, achieved a 100 per cent mark and was nominated for ’Young Speaker under 25’ by the examiner Helen Pritchard who had travelled to the island to assess the students.

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