From the London Palladium to Adcote

Posted: 27th October 2021

Please meet Rebecca Taylor, our new performing arts teacher for Prep School, who has trained in musical theatre, starred in West End shows and appeared in professional pantomime as Cinderella.

And, if you think she is a familiar face, you’re right! Mrs Taylor has already been working at Adcote, for a year, as a peripatetic singing teacher. As the performing arts go from strength to-strength at Adcote, she is supporting the role of Performing Arts Director Ms Labbe, specifically working with our younger students.

Mrs Taylor was awarded a scholarship to train in Musical Theatre at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, in London, where she graduated in 2006. After graduation, she played Cinderella in a panto production at The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, before joining the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of ‘The Sound of Music’ at The London Palladium. She played the part of the eldest Von Trapp daughter, Leisl, opposite Simon MacCorkindale, playing Captain Von Trapp, for 18 incredible months.

“It was the dream! It was amazing! The cast was fantastic. We would leave the theatre to people queuing for autographs. I have very fond memories of this time,” said Mrs Taylor. The part also saw her appear on television – and even on the side of a London bus to promote the show.

After moving back to Shropshire, Mrs Taylor gained her PGCE in Primary Education and embarked on a teaching career. She has previously taught at Meole Brace Primary School and taught singing at a dance school in Telford. Mrs Taylor will be working with Ms Labbe, producer of the Prep School Musical ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The show will take to the stage of the Great Hall in December.

 

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