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College opens new ‘state of the arts’ facilities

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Long Road College students have been given refitted facilities in which to hone their performance skills: The Stage, The Space, and The Suite

Long Road College students have been given refitted facilities in which to hone their performance skills: The Stage, The Space, and The Suite

Facilities that will be the envy of many drama schools across the country have opened at a Cambridge sixth form after an £800,000 refit.

Performers at Long Road Sixth Form now have state-of-the-art dance, music and performance studios where they can hone their skills.

The money came from a £2.7 million Government grant that was spent on re-roofing, window replacement and access improvements to the city college.

Called The Studio, it was created by remodelling the old main college hall and stage to provide three areas – The Stage, The Space, for the dance and rehearsal studio, and The Suite music rooms.

Sarah Stow, course team leader for drama and performance studies, said she was “absolutely thrilled” with the professional facilities they now have.

She said: “It will make teaching and learning a more enjoyable experience at the college and will allow for students to create work in a professional setting – as though working in a real theatre environment.

“The launch of The Studio was a huge success, and students performed a range of work, from Berkoff to American musical numbers, which showcased both their own talents and the new facilities brilliantly.

“We are very excited about forthcoming opportunities and performances, and being able to invite an audience into such an exciting performance space.”

Students are also pleased with it.

Alex Fox, 17, who is studying A-level music, said: “It feels really professional – the performance space is much lighter and much more spacious. The teaching rooms are really nice too.”

Rachel Moore, also 17 and on the same course, said: “I’m really enjoying singing in The Stage – it’s perfect for performing.”

The existing performing arts area is being converted into a student centre where they can socialise.