Spotlight on…Co- Director Faye Willingale
This week we caught up with Faye one of our amazing Co- Directors to find out what originally sparked her interest in the performing arts, what she believes makes Spotlights unique and how excited she is for our upcoming shows!
What sparked your interest in the performing arts?
‘I’m lucky to have been brought up by my Dad who loved a wide variety of music and who could sing and play several instruments. My mum also loves the theatre and musicals, she started taking me to see shows from a young age and we still go the theatre together’.
What do you think makes Spotlights unique?
‘The environment that we create at Spotlights, which is a family run business, gives both our students and our teachers the feeling of being part of an extended family. We are successful in retaining many students for long periods of time; they start at the age of 4 or 5 and stay for ten years, sometimes even longer!. Spotlights started in April 2006. Since then, we’ve really grown. We run classes 6 days a week in 17 different venues. With our growth, we’ve managed to maintain close relationships with all our families. We’re still very ‘hands on’ and we know our students personally.’
What is your favourite aspect about teaching Little Stars?
‘I love the variety of teaching them drama, dance and singing every week. Our Little Stars are creative and imaginative and so much fun to teach!’
What is your favourite aspect about teaching Main School?
‘I focus on teaching drama to students aged 7-18. I love teaching such a broad age range of children as they’re all so different. The spring term productions are a highlight for me! There’s lots to think about, it’s a busy time of the year but incredibly rewarding. Show weekend is the best! Being in the incredible theatre space that we use and seeing everyone’s efforts come together is thrilling!’
What do you hope to inspire in the young people who attend your theatre schools?
‘Self-confidence. I want our Spotlights students to believe in themselves, to recognise their strengths and feel proud of their achievements. I want them to look back at their time at Spotlights and remember the fun they’ve had and the friends they’ve made’.
What would your advice be to a young person who is keen to join a drama, dance or singing class but doesn’t know where to start?
‘Come for a trial at Spotlights and give it a go! We’re very welcoming and you’ll be well looked after’.
Finally, how excited are you for ‘We will Rock You’ and ‘Frozen 2’?
‘Beyond excited! I’m loving both projects! The students are doing brilliantly, they’re going to be awesome!!’