Two new tutors, who together have 60 years experience working in theatre, television, radio and music, are taking centre stage at West Cheshire College.
Carrie Ellis and Karl Pendlebury have joined the college’s performing arts department in Ellesmere Port, bringing with them the stardust of the West End and Broadway.
Carrie has worked in the industry for more than 37 years after she trained at the Arts Educational School in London.
Her CV features appearances in West End musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof and Jerry Springer the Opera .
Carrie has also appeared on TV shows Coronation Street and Cutting It , in radio shows and has toured the UK with the production, Stepping Out.
Carrie said: “I joined West Cheshire College as I wanted to give back to the next generation all of my experience that I have learnt throughout my career.
“I get a real buzz from teaching and I have always done it part-time alongside my career. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do it full-time.
“I hope that during my teaching career I can inspire the students to fall in love with performing and go on to have a successful career like I have.”
Karl Pendlebury has a background of more than 25 years experience working as a musical director in the West End and on Broadway.
He has worked on hit shows such as Mamma Mia, Les Miserables and Rent.
Karl said: “During my career I have taught at some of the best performing schools in the country.
“Teaching is something that I always enjoy and I want to provide students with a solid education.
“From working in the industry, I have learnt that it is very tough.
“I want to pass on my experience and ensure that our students are fully prepared for it when they leave here.”
Sharon Brown, the college’s assistant manager, performing arts, said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Carrie and Karl.
“Both have such fantastic experience in the industry which will really benefit our students and help them get the right skills and training to be successful.”
West Cheshire College is still accepting applications for its January intake.
For more information, call the college hotline on 01244 656555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk .