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Heligan student elves on Santa’s ‘very good’ list

Published: 17th December 2020

Acting students at Cornwall College St Austell are working as elves at The Lost Gardens of Heligan this Christmas.

Upon arrival at Heligan, visitors are invited to the Festive Reserve Yard where they and their family bubble are welcomed by the naughty but nice Elf team who ensure they get into the Christmas spirit with music, games, toasted marshmallows over the fire and warming festive refreshments.

They are then escorted by the elves to meet Father Christmas in the magical cosy setting of the Head Gardener’s Office.

Garden Experience Supervisor at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sarah Getliff, said Father Christmas has “engaged six ‘elves in training’ at Heligan this year from the Creative and Digital Academy at Cornwall College St Austell.”

“He would like to say that he is delighted with their developing skills and has seen them make huge progress in terms of confidence and intuitive thinking.”

“Each elf has such heart-warming individuality and a commendable attitude to hard work. Importantly, their level of elfish mischievousness is on point.”

Acting student at Cornwall College St Austell, Alfie Huthnance, said he has found the Heligan Christmas experience “really enlightening”.

“I’ve been able to work as an amazing character which matches my natural energy,” he continued.

“Working in the outdoors has allowed me to feel closer to nature all while doing what I love.

“I feel that having the chance to work with others has given me experience that I can use to further my career. I want to give the Heligan team a massive thank you for this opportunity, it is one that I won’t forget.”

Performing Arts Lecturer, Lydia Day, said she is really “proud of the second year students for successfully auditioning for their first paid role in the local performance industry.”

“Our learners are prepared for audition and interview and know how to meet the needs of a brief,” she continued.

“They are trained to work professionally, putting in extra rehearsals, learning their lines quickly and know how to interact with the public to enhance and compliment a performance.”

Cornwall College St Austell is holding Twilight Taster sessions on Tuesday 19th January 5 – 7pm where Year 10 and 11 students can book a place to try a subject before they apply. Places can be booked HERE



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