Posted Apr 25, 2019 11:53:59 AM

Two talented Isle of Man performers are continuing to thrive with the support of management consultancy and business mentoring firm Auxesia.

Director of the Douglas-based company, Stuart Colligon, visited Lois Mooney and Alice Smith in London as part of Auxesia’s ongoing mentoring of the performing arts students.

Lois, a regular on stage at the Gaiety Theatre since she was eight years old, is currently in the final stages of a one-year Foundation course at the prestigious Arts Educational theatre school in Chiswick.

Among ArtsEd’s graduates over the years are Julie Andrews, Martin Clunes, Arlene Phillips and the Island’s very own Samantha Barks.

Actress and dancer Alice, also an accomplished local performer, is studying at the highly acclaimed International School of Screen Acting in London.

Auxesia is supporting both with financial assistance to help meet the costs of the course and living in London, as well as providing pastoral support, advice and guidance.

Stuart explained: ‘Alice and Lois are two young women with a wealth of talent in all the performing disciplines, and are two fine examples of the quality of performers our Island inspires. This sponsorship is about far more than just handing over a cheque and wishing them all the best. Just as we do with our clients, Auxesia provides more than just a one-off interaction, but instead we like to work with them throughout their journey.

‘It is great to see both of them excelling, as we want to help them reach their full potential and, who knows, become a start in the arts.’

Stuart invited them to see the Broadway musical Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre, London, as part of the latest mentoring visit.

Alice, from Kirk Michael, said: ‘I am so grateful to be given this opportunity and I can’t thank Stuart and the team at Auxesia enough. It was wonderful to meet up once again with both Stuart and Lois and have a night at the theatre to remind us what we are working towards.

‘They have shown a genuine interest in my plans and their support has been invaluable.’

Lois, from Peel, added: ‘I really feel like I’m growing in confidence and improving all the time. I am certainly embracing every moment of this fantastic opportunity and it was great to hit the West End to see an award-winning show.’

Lois Mooney, Stuart Colligon and Alice Smith in London

Lois Mooney, Stuart Colligon and Alice Smith in London