Shay’s Shrek of delight at St Vincent sell-out musical

By Gary Lawrence

PERFORMING Arts students from St Vincent Sixth Form College’s School of Personalised Learning in Gosport have been playing to packed houses with their version of Shrek The Musical.

The first and second year students, who all have special educational needs, have been coached by Karen Philp, who praised their professionalism and hard work after they entertained school pupils, parents and students at five performances in the college’s own theatre.

“My students as always, were professional and performed to a high standard,” she said.

Mrs Philp reserved special praise for lead actor Shay Meadows, who played the part of Shrek: “Shay has been at St Vincent for six years and since joining the performing arts course, he has transformed from a student with poor attendance and little interest in college into a very mature young man who has found a passion in performing and has the ability to take on a leading role.”


She said his progress demonstrated why the course was so successful, adding: “Shay is a credit to the course and is an amazing example how students with learning disabilities can excel at subjects like Performing Arts, if given the support and opportunity.”

The students perform regular productions throughout the year. Earlier this year they took part in a comedy version of Treasure Island and have also produced, directed and starred in their own film.

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PICTURED: St Vincent Sixth Form College performing arts students who have played five performances of Shrek The Musical to packed houses. below: star of the show Shay Meadows, who played Shrek.