Yeovil College Opens New Performing Arts Studio

A brand new Performing Arts Studio has been officially opened at Yeovil College by the Principal of Yeovil College, John Evans. This purpose-build facility includes a fantastic lighting rig and sound system will provide the performing arts students with a huge space to complete all their practical-based sessions, rehearsals and performances.

To celebrate the launch of the studio, the students performed two emotional pieces including their incredibly moving award-winning show-stopper. The performance was a fantastic way to mark the opening and it received an incredible and emotional reaction from the crowd.

Performing Arts at Yeovil College is going from strength to strength with the official opening of the studio coming only weeks after the students discovered that they won the acclaimed Pearson BTEC Awards Showstopper Challenge, beating off stiff competition from across the country.

Lucy Scott, Performing Arts Lecturer at Yeovil College, said “The students are delighted to have their own modern, purpose-built space to practice and perform. The opening was made even more special with their performance of their thought-provoking BTEC Showstopper. They’re truly humbled by all the positive reactions and it’s given them a boost of confidence for their final performance as official winners at the Showstopper Challenge in London next month.”

Aidan Spencer, Performing Arts student at Yeovil College, said “We’ve had a great amount of support and encouragement throughout the course and I’m proud of both myself and the team for winning the BTEC Showstopper. I’m excited to use the new studio for future events and believe it will give us a huge boost to keep on exceeding!”

Matt Hann, Curriculum Area Manager for Sport and Dance, said “The investment in our brand new studio reflects the significance and demand for Performing Arts within Yeovil and the surrounding areas. Yeovil College has a fantastic history of successful dance and acting former students working as professionals in London West End Shows and on our TV screens and our new studio will support the future generations of Performing Artists within our local area.

We are extremely proud of our students both past and present and we are truly investing in the future of performing arts in South Somerset and beyond.”

The Yeovil College Performing Arts course explores the creative and commercial environment of performing arts by furthering the understanding of a range of performance and choreography skills with a focus on the main dance specialisms. The course includes developing skills in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Urban alongside masterclasses delivered by industry professionals.

Yeovil College has been serving the community in and around Yeovil for 130 years. The College was first formed in 1887 when Somerset County Council began formally organising Science and Art classes in Yeovil. In 1947, the first Principal was appointed to lead Yeovil Technical College and when secondary education in the Yeovil Borough was reorganised in 1974, Yeovil College became one of the early tertiary colleges to be formed in England.

Today, Yeovil College remains passionate about its role as a key provider of education and training in South Somerset and North and West Dorset. It remains committed to its role as a tertiary college for the whole community and currently supports around 5000 full and part-time students.