The NYT summer courses are highly sought after as they provide a platform for young actors and operate as a springboard for exceptional British talent. Participants gain unrivalled opportunities to perform at top venues in the heart of London’s West End and alumni include Doctor Who and The Crown’s Matt Smith, Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig and Reigate Grammar School (RGS) alumni, David Walliams.
Caspar was encouraged to apply for the course by RGS Director of Drama, Sarah Branston, who recognised his talent. She says, “Caspar's creative energy is boundless. He is an instinctively dynamic performer- fusing intelligent characterisation with commanding stagecraft. He shapes characters as an actor in rehearsal, using innovative and adventurous approaches. Working with other exceptional theatre makers from around the country will facilitate the kind of creative collaboration which will continue to challenge him on his journey as a performer."
The Reigate Grammar School Drama Department has an outstanding annual programme of productions and provides opportunities for all students to experience drama and theatre beyond the classroom. Caspar first performed in the ensemble for the school’s 2014 production of Annie and went on to win two of the Drama department choreography slams in consecutive years. He has performed in school productions of The Odyssey, The 25th Annual Puttnam Spelling Bee and Guys and Dolls as well as performing scenes from Billy Elliot and dance numbers from Flashdance in the school’s Studio Cabaret.
Caspar is currently studying GCSE Drama and won RGS’s first Young Directors' Award - writing, directing and performing in his adaptation of Miracle on the Hudson using physical theatre. He says: “I auditioned in London with six thousand other applicants as Miss Branston said it would be good experience. I did not expect to get in and so was delighted when I heard the news”.
Headmaster Shaun Fenton said: “Drama helps students enjoy their childhood, develop qualities of character and gives students an edge in the workplace that will always beat a fistful of exam certificates. We are all very proud of Caspar.”
The NYT course is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about acting and technical theatre and many participants go on to become well known faces of stage and screen. Others go on to be great lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and much more, using the skills gained in the theatre.