Laura - Year 10
My Halley is Drama and it is my passion. I have not only had a chance to experiment with all aspects of directing and performing, but I have also been given the opportunity to show my work around the country and even in other countries.
In 2016, I performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the Collegeâs production of âJustâ by Ali Smith. This was an amazing experience and a great conversation starter that I know will be impressive to future employers.
With the help of my drama teachers I auditioned and was accepted into the National Youth Theatre. NYT is a prestigious organisation and passionate about the development of young actors in their journey to adulthood. I have made so many friends and learnt so much, and I couldnât have done it without the help and support of my teachers at Halley.
Playing the piano is also something that I enjoy, and it will be an important element for my future career. Halley Academy was invited to a Steinwayâs Pianos master-class. We played on pianos worth hundreds of thousands of pounds and learnt all about the makeup and manufacture of the best pianos. This, along with the weekly instrumental lessons has dramatically improved my understanding of the instrument.
Because of my involvement in music and theatre I have been chosen to take part in a European Union funded Drama project using digital technologies in Estonia with students and professionals from other European Union Countries.
I am also about to embark on work experience with the National Theatre, learning about set design, lighting, sound direction and other aspects of theatre production.
Halley Academy has provided me with so many opportunities and that will continue long after I leave.
Halley Academy has inspired me for my aspirations for the future.