Six budding young actors have been hitting the big time - and impressing directors in the process.
The talented youngsters, pupils of the Pamela Cassells School of Performance, fought off fierce competition from across Northern Ireland for the range of roles.
Tara Greene (16) and Ciara Cavanagh (17) were selected for the second series of the CBBC sitcom Dani’s Castle, while Maitiu McGibbon (7), Dan McCarthy (11) and Jack Lavery (8) are starring in the film ‘Fishbowl City’ by award-winning actor-turned-scriptwriter Martin McCann.
Meanwhile, Lauren Campbell (17) was chosen for the DoE ’mock-up’ advertisement highlighting the new rules set to be introduced for young drivers.
Although the drama school is accustomed to success, this trio of achievements has been a real boost for Pamela and the drama-mad youngsters.
Tara and Ciara, both pupils of St Michael’s Grammar School, fought off fierce competition to win the parts in Dani’s Castle - in which Dani Harmer (the Tracey Beaker actress) plays herself.
And the director was so impressed with their energetic and true-to-life portrayal of devoted fans that he wrote in an extra scene for them and invited them along for another two days’ filming.
As for the boys, they were discovered only after Martin McCann trawled drama schools across Northern Ireland to find two boys to play brothers in his ‘Fishbowl City’. The film tells the story of two boys who grew up in the Divis Flats area and whose lives take different directions.
Not only did Martin end up casting two boys - Maitiu and Dan - to play the brothers but he cast Jack as their friend. He said, “All three boys came on to the film fully prepared. Pam had worked with them on their scene, I was shocked when we did our first rehearsal for camera. There wasn’t much more I could tell them - they were perfect.”
Pamela runs hip hop, acting, and speech and drama classes in Portadown, Lurgan and Dromore. She can be contacted on 07927 899069.