Leanne takes a big step into her future

Leanne Howlett performing in Priestley College's production of Too Darn Hot.
Leanne Howlett performing in Priestley College’s production of Too Darn Hot.

A PERFORMER who has been a regular face on stages around Warrington has won a place at one of the world’s top theatre schools.

Leanne Howlett, who studies performing arts at Priestley College, has been accepted into Laine Theatre Arts, which classes Arlene Phillips as one of its patrons.

“My mum arranged dance classes for me when I was three to help me because I was so clumsy,” said Leanne, from Woolston.

“I don’t think either of us thought it would lead to this, but it has gone from being a hobby to something I want to pursue as a career.”

Audiences will have seen Leanne perform in several shows at Priestley College including Too Darn Hot and last year’s Christmas Show. Next she will be seen in the college’s version of We Will Rock You coming soon.

She is currently studying a Performing Arts BTEC, but has also perfected her craft with Kate Simmons Dance in Bridge Lane, Woolston.

To be accepted into Laine the 18-year-old had to take part in ballet and jazz workshops as well as impress with her singing and acting skills.

“It was incredible to be surrounded by so many talented people,” said Leanne, a former Woolston High School pupil.

Laine combines its heritage with up-to-the-minute performances that are often scouted by theatre managements, directors, casting agents and choreographers.

Many of its alumni are starring in the West End or are working in television, film and recorded media. Some have established an international reputation.

Leanne will be studying the Foundation in Musical Theatre and every week will be required to complete fitness work, four ballet and four jazz classes, two contemporary dance, singing and acting classes as well as a musical theatre workshop.

“I’ve really pushed myself at Priestley because I knew I wanted to go on to do something like this,” said Leanne.

“College has given me more opportunities to be at the front of performances, which has been great for my confidence.”

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