School Star to Stage Star to Performing Arts Specialist
From School star to stage star - meet lucy newton - performing arts specialist at cogo travel
At school Lucy realised very early on that her strengths lie in drama, singing and dance. Like many students with dyslexia she struggled with traditional core curriculum subjects but excelled in the performing arts.
Lucy’s talent was recognised by her teachers at an early age and she was encouraged to develop her ability, often taking the lead role in school productions. Lucy topped up her learning by attending after school clubs offering private tuition for music, drama and dance classes, enabling her to successfully complete Associated Board Exams in singing and drama as well as ISTD exams in dance.
When Lucy was at school she never had the chance to go on any school tours or club tours which specifically focused on performing arts, she now says what a difference it would’ve made. Lucy commented that “COGO’s ‘Time To Shine’ at Disneyland®Paris tour would’ve been invaluable. “I wish this tour was around when I was still at school, it gives you the knowledge of what to expect in the world of showbiz. It also helps prepare you once you leave education, providing you with the tools you need to start your career.” Indeed, Lucy is not alone, many feel the same way - COGO Travel take in excess of 1000 students away on Performing Arts trips each year.
Back to Lucy’s career – after leaving school she attended Laine Theatre Arts, in no time at all Lucy was treading the boards in London’s West End appearing in Les Miserables for nine months, before travelling worldwide; singing and dancing on cruise ships. She completely understands the draw of COGO Travel’s Performing Arts at Disneyland® Tour – it provides the unique experience of auditioning for one of the largest, most prestigious companies in the entertainment industry with the chance of performing for a truly international audience at Disneyland® Paris or, participating in one of their Performing Arts workshops.
After a time of travelling and entertaining on cruise ships, Lucy returned to the stage and appeared in Taboo (The Boy George musical) and Fame The Musical before auditioning for X-Factor in 2006. This was an amazing opportunity, seeing her through to the live finals show with her band The Unconventionals. Stardom took a different direction as the band supported Westlife on tour as well as recording their own songs. However, Lucy decided musical theatre was for her and promptly returned to the West End as the lead Glinda in the fabulous Wicked, and then appeared as a Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Dessert.
With a passion for Travel, Lucy drawn by the travel bug, pursued a stint as cabin crew before finding her dream job combining performing arts with travel – Lucy became Account Manager and Performing Arts Specialist at COGO Travel.
As a Performing Arts expert Lucy now shares those skills and experience which started at School, enabling others to follow their dreams; offering valuable experiences to make their start in the entertainment industry that much easier.
Lucy says “It’s great to be able to offer something different for schools and clubs which specifically target performing arts. I love supporting our groups and providing advice and guidance both on their travel arrangements and performances. It’s something I still feel very passionately about”.
Indeed, she still performs and directs shows in Sussex locally, as well as teaching musical theatre singing classes.
COGO Travel offer a range of Performing Arts Tours including: Disneyland®Paris, ‘London’s West End Experience’ and ‘Can You Dance Superconvention’.
If you are interested in any of the tours – please contact Lucy on 01273 020 520, email: email@example.com