Mark Lawson

 

Mark first began singing with his school chapel choir and his love and passion for singing continued through college. After developing his stage skills with his local Amateur Operatic society, Mark went to London to train at the London School of Musical Theatre. Since then he has performed in many shows in the West End, extensively all over the UK and Europe, and even as far as Hawaii and New Zealand.Shows include: Damn Yankees, On the Twentieth Century, Blood Brothers, The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oklahoma, The Boyfriend, Rock legends (The Beetles) in concert, Beauty and the Beast……..

 

For the last 15 years Mark has taught vocal and performance technique in a variety of styles, including popular music, Music Theatre and Art songs at several independent schools in the area; coaching all aspects of singing including posture, breath control, phrasing, dynamics and song interpretation to help develop ability and confidence.

 

For pupils who like to take exams, Mark has many years of experience using Associated Board, Trinity & Guildhall and London College of Music examination boards. In addition, Mark also offers pupils the opportunity to develop their skills of mic and studio recording technique with the use of his professional recording equipment, with which they can record their songs and then keep on a CD or other multi media device.

 

 

Catherine Sprackman

 

Catherine trained with Helen Laxton from the age of 10 – 18 years as a dancer and then from 18 -20 as a teacher of dance. For the past 20 years Catherine has been teaching children of all ages in Ballet, Hip Hop, Street Dance Jazz,  Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Commercial,  Tap and Pre School Dance. Catherine's pupils have achieved excellent examination results in both Royal Academy of Dance Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers  of Dance Modern Dance and they have performed many of  her beautifully choreographed dances at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, The Digby Hall, Sherborne and in competitions and festivals.

 

Many of Catherine’s  pupils have achieved places at the top full time vocational dance  and drama schools, colleges and universities including The Royal Academy of Dance, Laine Theatre Arts, Central School of Ballet, Millenium Theatre School, Laban Centre, Arts Educational School, Tring , London Studio Centre, Italia Conti, Urdang, Performers College, Stella Mann and Mountview Theatre School, Guildford School of Acting, Sylvia Young, PPA Academy. Catherine is also a registered matron and has looked after many of our pupils whilst they have been performing in the professional pantomimes at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. Catherine is head of Dance at The Somerset School of Performing Arts.

 

 

Josh Marriott

 

Josh trained for 3 years at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, now part of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and soon after leaving joined Pied Piper Theatre company for three primary schools tours and a short stretch in the West End.

 

Josh spent a further  12 years working in issue based theatre in education in secondary schools for Solomon Theatre Company which was combined with forays into film, radio and corporate productions as well as a TV commercial for Wheels4Sure.


Leading play and workshop days into schools exploring issues including alcohol misuse & risky behaviour, illegal drugs & self-esteem Josh has positively impacted the lives of over 300,000 young people.

 

Josh has lead the drama aspect of SSPA since time immemorial bringing stage craft, improvisation and self-discovery to the young people in his charge.