A group of 27 students from Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath recently embarked on a busy work experience programme at the annual Ardingly Arts Festival which ran from Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 June.
As volunteers, the students were involved in a range of activities, taking on roles as participants, workshop leaders and performers.
A group of Second Year Performing Arts students ran a series of workshops on musical theatre, drama, dance and rock school, teaching a range of groups and school children.
“I had the most fantastic time teaching at Ardingly!” explained workshop leader, Laurel Waghorn, 18, from Hurstpierpoint. “All of the children were so lovely to work with and they all listened and took part to achieve lots of fun and beautiful drama work.”
Elsewhere, a team of talented Production Arts students were employed as Stage Managers and were given the opportunity to support the whole event which ran from 9am to 10pm every day for three days and included over twenty performances.
A further group of students took part in residencies led by Laban Trinity, Last Carnival and Frantic Academy, and had the opportunity to perform alongside professional performers, actors and dancers.
Programme Area Manager for Performing Arts and Visual Arts at the College, Paula Watkins, commented, “The concept of integrating young people in a creative environment was fully realised and the success of Arts Fest 2016 was clearly demonstrated with a showcase of work on Wednesday evening. We were thrilled to be a part of the process and our students gained so much from the experience.”