Redbridge College students show off their skills for the public

PUBLISHED: 17:01 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:01 26 May 2017

Redbridge College student taking part the Summer Variety Show.

Redbridge College student taking part the Summer Variety Show.


Redbridge College held two events last night which showcased the many talents of its performing arts and catering students.

X Factor finalist Amy Mottram and dance group Karan’s Bollywood Masterclass both performed at the College’s Summer Variety Show, held inside the Box Theatre complex yesterday.

But it was the students, of the college, in Barley Lane, Chadwell Heath, who stole the show.

Among the various highlights were Josh O’Connor’s rendition of Evermore from Beauty and the Beast and a contemporary dance performance by Ave Maria starring student’s Leontina Cera, Bethany Kinchella and Shimeka Mattison.

Leontina Cera said: “I have really enjoyed making the show as you get to show your talents and it makes you feel like you are actually part of a real theatre company.”

Teacher Patrick O’Sullivan praised the students for all their hard work as they not only starred in the show but they organised the event as well and took full creative control.

“The group have all worked really hard on creating their own unique performances for this event. They have excelled in their chosen field and the quality of their work is a testament to their dedication and commitment.”

Meanwhile the college’s catering students held an open evening for their award winning restaurant Rouge to inspire the next generations of chefs in the borough.

The team welcomed the public to an exhibition of working in a professional kitchen, with guests taking part in live demonstrations while staff offered information about for students interested in taking catering courses.

Rouge has won a number of awards for their contributions to the catering and hospitality industry – which includes serving at large corporate events.

Rouge curriculum manager Justin McNamara hopes to see some of the guests return as students.

“It was great fun and terrific to speak to many young people who are interested in working in the food industry.

“We were able to show them the variety of different roles they can aspire to and had some fun this evening preparing dishes to give them a good idea about what’s involved.

“I hope to see them again at our enrolment this summer.”

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