New drama school to open in Farnworth
A BOLTON actress is helping discover the talent of tomorrow at her drama school.
Michelle Hurne runs Little Allstars, in Urmston, and is opening a new venue in Farnworth later this month.
Mrs Hurne, from Great Lever, who now lives in Worsley, said: “I’ve been acting all my life really. This is something I really enjoy doing.
“The kids love it. When some of them started, they were so wooden, they weren’t very confident. Now seeing them go off to the BBC for castings, to see them go off and get a job is absolutely brilliant.”
Mrs Hurne, who attended Canon Slade School, set up Little Allstars Casting and Modelling Agency in 2011, followed by Little Allstars Drama School in Urmston in 2012, which attracts students from across Bolton, Manchester, Wigan and Liverpool.
Her latest classes will launch at Highfield Community Centre, Marsh Lane, Farnworth, on October 28 as well as Tuesday sessions in Didsbury.
Youngsters will receive tuition in skills such as audition techniques, acting in front of camera, scripts, improvising, mime, puppetry, confidence building, as well as fun games.
Mrs Hurne works with ITV, Lime Pictures, CBBC, BBC and Walt Disney Pictures and many youngsters have gone on to secure casting assignments.
Heather Milne, aged 12, from Canon Slade School, can be seen in the Tesco sponsorship idents for Downton Abbey.
Her father Roger, from Horwich, said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for a 12-year-old. Michelle has really got enthusiasm and ambition for the young people.”
Other castings include Finley Katie Burnett, aged 13, from Harper Green School, who appeared in the Safestyle UK TV commercial, and Libby Cate Edwards, aged eight, from Harwood, who will appear in a music video for group Virus Syndicate.
Mrs Hurne, who has appeared in a number of feature and small films, as well as Hollyoaks, Shameless and Coronation Street, said: “Everyone kept asking me to come to Bolton, so now I am.
“I think it will be good all round for Bolton. I enjoy getting local kids involved, obviously being from Bolton, it’s nice to do stuff like this.”
Sessions for three to eight-year-olds will take place from 4pm to 6pm on Mondays and nine to 18-year-olds, 6pm to 8pm, at a cost of £40 for four two-hour sessions over four weeks. For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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