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We are very proud to announce that Clayton Callum Wildwoode from Year 8 will take up the role of Michael in Peter Pan at the Nottingham Playhouse. Clayton will star in three shows on Wednesday 20th March, Friday 22nd March and Saturday 23rd March
Clayton is a talented aspiring actor and although it is not his first, this is a huge role. He has dreamt of studying performing arts and pursuing an acting career since he was 7. Clayton auditioned for the role of Michael in Peter Pan after joining Stagecoach in 2009, ‘The original and largest network of part-time performing arts schools for 4-18 year olds’. The workload has been extremely heavy, with Clayton working hard rehearsing up to 4 nights a week with the Carlton Operatic Society in the run up to the play, whilst continuing to study here at Trent College.
Being involved in such a large stage production has given Clayton the opportunity to learn so much, both on and off the stage and he has formed close bonds with the other actors, describing the experience as being like part of another family. Playing Michael is very exciting for Clayton but he does admit he is a little scared of flying - he will soar across stage on wires during the show!
Clayton’s English teacher and Head of Lower School, Mr Webster, describes him as: ‘Exceedingly creative; he loves getting involved in the dramatic and poetry aspects of English’. Furthermore, Clayton has participated in the Shakespeare Festival at Trent College as Demetrius in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and will play a role in this year’s production of ‘Skellig’.
Before Peter Pan, Clayton has also been involved in smaller productions both at school and with the Stagecoach, having played the parts of ; ‘Timone’ in ‘The Lion King’ and the ‘Cheshire Cat’ in ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Clayton is hoping this is the start of big things to come, with more shows and maybe making the jump into TV and Movies!
We wish Clayton the best of luck in the forthcoming show and we’re sure we will more from him in the future! Listen out for Clayton on BBC Radio 2 at 2pm tomorrow.