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Jersey Boys star encourages young people to pursue performance dreams

PUBLISHED: 11:58 16 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:58 16 November 2015

Performers from the college

Performers from the college

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Gary Watson is the course leader for a free performing arts course available at Bexley College

Jersey Boys star Gary WatsonJersey Boys star Gary Watson

Budding actors, musicians and dancers are being encouraged to take advantage of a free B-TEC course available at Bexley College, led by West End star, Gary Watson.

Mr Watson currently stars in Jersey Boys as Nick Massi, the bass singer and bass guitarist for the Four Seasons, and has previously performed in other West End shows including Les Miserables and Matilda.

Now he is currently working as the course-leader for Theatre Street Performing Arts College’s free BTEC in performing arts, in partnership with Bexley College.

Mr Watson highlighted the importance of accessible education for those looking to pursue a career in performing arts, he said:

“Talent doesn’t relate to wealth or academic achievement, we’re looking for people with potential, as we provide education on a range of dance, acting and singing.

“Performing arts qualifications in London can cost up to £10,000, this course can be a stepping stone before making that sort of commitment.”

With high-costs for education in performing arts, Mr Watson explained the importance of keeping this course available to any potential students:

He said: “Its really important to us that we keep this course free and available to anybody who might be interested.

“We provide training from industry professionals, to help prepare people to move on to higher education or into the industry.

“We currently have a class of 10 students, but the sky is the limit, the more people that come the more we can do.”

The course works in partnership with Bexley College and is based at The Link in Abbey Wood.

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