Former Ribblesdale High School pupils head for stage and screen

From the left, former Ribblesdale High School pupils Sarah Green and Chris O'Reilly with fellow St Mary's College drama student Morgan McBride.
From the left, former Ribblesdale High School pupils Sarah Green and Chris O'Reilly with fellow St Mary's College drama student Morgan McBride.

TWO former pupils of Clitheroe’s Ribblesdale High School are forging careers in the world of drama.

Chris O’Reilly has been offered a place at the prestigious East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex, which has produced a wealth of talent for British stage and screen, including actor and Ribble Valley resident John McArdle.

Meanhile, fellow ex-Ribblesdale pupil Sarah Green recently flew to New York for an audition at the world-renowned Julliard School of Drama, where notable alumni include Robin Williams and Kevin Spacey.

Chris and Sarah are studying Drama and Theatre Studies A Level and Performance Studies A Level at St Mary’s College, Blackburn.

Chris said: “Studying Performance and Theatre at St Mary’s College has inspired me to pursue my dream of being an actor”.

Speaking of her audition at the Julliard, Sarah added: “It was a great experience to go to New York and audition and soak up the sights and sounds of New York, Times Square and Broadway.”

Among their fellow drama students at St Mary’s College, Morgan McBride has been offered a place on the highly competitive BA in Acting degree course at Paul McCartney’s school of performing arts in Liverpool, while Meg Rennie will be joining Chris at East 15.

For more courses at St Mary’s College, visit www.stmarysblackburn.ac.uk