A SCHOOL near Oswestry is continuing to provide opportunities to the future stars of stage and screen with online masterclasses from West End performers.

The Face2Face performance academy, based at The Holroyd Community Theatre at Moreton Hall School in Weston Rhyn, has kept its curtains open virtually for students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Young performers have been able to learn from some of the big names in West End, such as Kane Oliver Parry, who will deliver the next online session.

The star of Matilda the Musical is looking forward to focusing on skills including focus on developing character.

He said: “I’ve taught at Face2Face before, back when it was first set up. The students impressed me, they were so enthusiastic and eager to learn.

“I am looking forward to returning, albeit via video link. My session will be a little different this time, with a real focus on developing character.

“I hope to teach the student skills that they can use independently.”

Face2Face manager and head coach, Michael Jenkins is pleased to have Kane sharing his expertise with the youngsters once again.

“I am so pleased that Kane is going to be delivering an online session for us,” he said. “He is a superb performer and excellent role-model for our students.

“Ahead of the session, students have been given material to learn which Kane will watch and coach within the class.”

As well as these masterclasses, the performing arts students have been developing their skills with online video lessons and tutorials from their regular coaches.

The Academy’s parents are full of praise, taking the time to email in.

Parent Victoria Sugden said: “My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the Face2Face lockdown sessions that have been run online.

“They make such a welcome change from schoolwork and to see her face light up when she sees her teachers and friends on Zoom has been really lovely.

“The sessions are fun, really interactive and upbeat – an absolute highlight of the week.

“I am so grateful to the Face2Face team for producing these well-thought-out activities, every credit to them for making the best of a difficult situation.”