Posted Nov 8, 2018 5:45:50 PM

A talented young performer from the Isle of Man has started an intensive course at a prestigious performing arts school, supported by management consultancy and business mentoring firm Auxesia.

Lois Mooney, 18, a regular on stage at the Gaiety Theatre since she was eight years old, has won a place at the Arts Educational theatre school in Chiswick after being selected from more than 500 applicants.

The Douglas based company is sponsoring Lois throughout her one-year Foundation course with financial assistance to help her meet the costs of the course and living in London, as well as providing pastoral support, advice and guidance.

Already, after only a few weeks, Lois has been streamed into the top set and has been selected as ‘Dance Captain’ – a real honour among so many talented performers from around the UK.

Auxesia helps businesses at different stages of development to identify improvements and better ways of working so they can grow and succeed. With a panel of expert mentors, Auxesia offers a wide range of consultancy services, with an emphasis on partnership and support to help businesses flourish.

Director Stuart Colligon said: ‘Lois stood out to us as a young woman with a real talent and enormous potential and, just as we have done with local performers in the past, we wanted to provide a helping hand.

‘Auxesia has always strived to support and nurture local talent and, from a young age, Lois has proven herself to be a leading lady in many productions in the Isle of Man.

‘To win a place on this course shows she has the determination, commitment and skills to succeed and she has just been placed in the top set at the school, which is a great start.

‘This sponsorship is about far more than just handing over a cheque and wishing her all the best. Just as we do with our clients, Auxesia is offering Lois any guidance and advice she needs during what I am sure will be an exciting time studying in London and beyond.’

Lois was most recently on stage in the Taylorian summer production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and has appeared in many shows, including the record breaking The Phantom of the Opera, Annie Jnr (where she played Annie), Me and My Girl, and enjoyed much success at the Manx Music Festival.

During her year at ArtsEd, Lois will receive training in singing, drama, dance and performance, as well as audition technique, fitness training and professional practice and tutorials on the development of musical theatre.

Lois from Peel said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity on a dynamic course at a school which trains students to be among the very best theatre performers in the country.

‘I am so grateful for Auxesia’s support. As the Manx Government does not provide grants or financial support for foundation year courses, Auxesia’s sponsorship has allowed me to follow this route and I hope to be able to progress onto the degree course next September and qualify for student funding.

‘Stuart and the team have shown a genuine interest in my plans and having Auxesia’s backing allows me to focus more fully on the course and make the most of this opportunity.’

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

Belinda Watson, Lois Mooney and Stuart Colligon