Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall celebrates pupil’s West End debut in Matilda

Stonyhurst St Mary’s has proudly announced that one of its pupils, Bea, has secured the role of Amanda Thripp in the West End production of Matilda. Bea is scheduled to depart from Stonyhurst this week to commence her rehearsals for the prestigious role.

Bea has been passionate about dance from a very young age and even appeared on Britain’s Got Talent last year. From her earliest days at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, Bea has demonstrated remarkable talent and dedication in the performing arts. She has flourished under the guidance of the school’s outstanding Drama Department, receiving LAMDA coaching from Chloe Carrington, a seasoned actress with roles in notable productions like the Jersey Boys World Tour and Moulin Rouge.

In addition to Chloe’s mentorship, Bea has also benefited from the expertise of Kate Hodkinson, the Head of Drama at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, who is an accomplished public speaker, actor, and singer with extensive professional experience in television and touring theatre.

During her time at Stonyhurst, Bea has taken on significant roles, including a lead in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a part in the professional staging of Oliver at Leeds Playhouse. Her impressive performances have led to exceptionally high marks in two Musical Theatre LAMDA examinations, showcasing her burgeoning talent and the robust arts education provided by Stonyhurst.

As Bea undertakes her role in London, she will simultaneously continue her academic studies. Stonyhurst is dedicated to ensuring that her education remains a top priority, facilitating her completion of schoolwork remotely with her mother’s assistance, thereby maintaining a balanced approach to her academic and theatrical commitments.

“The entire community at Stonyhurst is immensely proud of Bea and her exceptional accomplishment,” states Kate Hodkinson, Head of Drama at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall. “Her selection for this coveted role underscores her talent and the calibre of drama education at Stonyhurst. We wish her every success in this exciting new chapter and are committed to supporting her throughout her journey.”

Stonyhurst’s Creative Arts Department enriches its curriculum with drama, dance, and music starting from Pre-Prep. The school boasts two professional theatres and offers comprehensive activities including after-school programs, private lessons, and weekly sessions in LAMDA and Musical Theatre. With productions such as Matilda Jr., Footloose, and Frozen, and an upcoming performance of Rock of Ages, Stonyhurst is also excited to announce the launch of a new state-of-the-art dance studio in September 2024.

Stonyhurst is the UK’s leading co-educational Catholic boarding and day school for 3 – 18 year olds