Leeds Conservatoire Students to Make Professional Stage Debut

By Lauren Bickerdike


Leeds Conservatoire students Connor Wood (second year BA (Hons) Acting) and Isabelle Betts (second year BA (Hons) Actor Musician) will make their professional debuts as they join the cast of Aladdin at Cast in Doncaster this Christmas season.

This new production uses integrated BSL and will run from Friday 26 Nov to Friday 31 Dec 2021. The opportunity arose from a mock audition series that aims to establish industry introduction and connections for Leeds Conservatoire performing arts students. This is one of the many opportunities available to our BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Actor Musician students.

We spoke to Connor and Isabelle before they began rehearsals on 1 Nov about their training at Leeds Conservatoire and expectations for the coming weeks.

Discover more about Cast and buy tickets for Aladdin on the Cast Theatre website.

Hello Isabelle & Connor! Can you tell us more about how you became cast in Aladdin?

How did you find the mock audition series? What was the most helpful thing you learnt from the experience?

Isabelle - Through the audition experience, I learnt to commit and make definite choices when reading the script and discovering the character. It also helped me understand the importance of preparation and research before heading into the audition room!

What are you most looking forward to over the coming weeks?

Connor- I am very excited to be working in a professional environment for the first time, and I am keen to learn things from actors and directors who have been working in the industry a lot longer than I have.

Isabelle - I'm looking forward to getting to know the cast and crew and working together to create this really fun and exciting production. I've never been in a Pantomime before, so I'm also really excited to dive into the rehearsal and performing process.

What skills have you learnt so far whilst studying at Leeds Conservatoire that you think will help with your performance?

How do you feel about making your professional debut?

Both - Excited, intrigued & nervous!

Discover more about our BA (Hons) Acting Programme and BA (Hons) Actor Musician Programme on our website.

By Lauren Bickerdike

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