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In preparation for the trip to watch Madagascar at Bristol Hippodrome, a group of students were visited yesterday for a talk and workshop with Jo Parsons (King Julien and cast director for Madagascar The Musical).
Hailing from North Somerset, Jo Parsons trained at the Guildford School of Acting where he was awarded the ‘Principals Performance Award’ in his graduating year. Since graduating Jo’s theatre credits include Sir Dennis Galahad in Spamalot at the English Theatre and Grantaire in the 30th anniversary of Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre. Jo is one of the founding members and directors of The Other Guys Entertainment Ltd. He is currently playing King Julien in Madagascar at the Bristol Hippodrome and is the casts director whilst on tour. Jo’s experience spreads across the creative arts disciplines, therefore students at Haygrove School learnt a lot from his experience and enjoyed the opportunity to be led by a professional and working actor.
A group of male students completed the workshop and did the Drama department very proud! The students were engaged with the activities they were asked to complete. It was brilliant to watch a group of students in different year groups work successfully, bringing brought together by a passion and willingness to do well in drama. The group then completed a Q and A with Jo and asked relevant questions providing them with information about the subject from a professional perspective.
Head of Drama, Miss Joseph, said:
“I was very pleased with how the students listened to Jo's experiences and expertise. They asked intelligent questions which demonstrated an enthusiasm and intrigue into other people’s pathway to success and the performing arts industry. We believe students would be inspired by someone who is local to them, to embrace opportunities and pursue futures that they are passionate about, whatever those pathways may be. We now can't wait to watch the show!”
We’d like to thank Jo for giving up his time to come in and inspire our young male actors, they all had a fantastic time!