The Perse School

West End star swaps stage for school

21 Mar 2013

Star of musical theatre Tommy Sherlock came to Cambridge to teach Perse sixth formers the tricks of his trade in a day-long masterclass.

Tommy, who is currently the ‘Escapologist’ in the West End stage production of Matilda and played the lead role in Footloose, showed students how to build tension and fear through body language and movement as well as teaching them famous dance routines.

Speaking about the day Tommy said: “It’s been amazing. I’ve loved swapping the stage for the classroom and being thrust into a completely different environment.”

Upper Sixth student Lizzie Gaunt added: “Having seen Matilda and it being one of my favourite musicals, I was really excited to meet a member of the cast. Tommy taught us the dance to the song “Revolting Children”, which was fun, and he had a lot of patience despite our amateur efforts to recreate the dance! We also acted out one of the scenes involving the “chokey”, a place where the children were sent if they were naughty. It was great to have acting advice from someone who has actually played the characters we were trying to portray.”

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