Jonny Weston started his career by attending regular dance and drama classes with StarStruck aged 9. His talent was soon recognised and Jonny was given many roles in the Annual shows at the Core Theatre. With a flair for comedy, Jonny excelled within this genre, winning many awards and trophies. He also took a number of IDTA examinations under the Musical Theatre Syllabus and received exceptional results.
“I was very proud to be tutored by such a professional team from such an early age. I felt very privileged to experience a wide range of dance tenchniques of which have continued to assist me to this day. As someone who is not a natural dancer, the teachers taught me that dance can easily be accommodated to your needs and body. Therefore you can always strive in your abilities, yet continue to grow in confidence and technique. Something I value very much.”
Jonny was part of the BSS Showbiz based at the Birmingham Hippodrome where he was given the opportunity to play a vast variety of roles such as “Edna Turnblad” (Hairspray), “Joseph” (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and “Scar” (Lion King). He then spent the 3 years with a local drama organisation called “The School of Theatre Excellence”, run by “West-End” agent Chris Sheilds. Through training here, he experienced one to one masterclasses with leading “West End” musical theatre actors such as Nancy Sullivan, Grant Murphy, Genevieve Nicole and many more.
Jonny auditioned for the lead role of “Bill Snibson” in Me and My girl with Peterbrook Players, the award winning local amateur dramatics society. He received the role and went on to play to sell out audiences at the Solihull Arts Complex in March 2012. Me and My girl recently won the “National Operatic Dramatic Association” (NODA) award for “Best Musical” and their Solihull representative Joyce Eyre reviewed the show and wrote:
“Every cast member had their part to play but undoubtedly the star of the show (in my opinion) on this occasion was 16 year old Jonny Weston , who played the part of Bill as if he were a professional his characterisation never faltered even when faced with things that didn’t go quite to plan. Every society would hope that one day someone with such talent would come and join their group, Jonny you are amazing , goodness only knows where your gift will take you!”
Jonny then successfully received the part of Rooster Hannigan in Peterbrooks production of Annie in March 2013, and once again played to sell out audiences.
After studying and receiving very high marks in a BTEC Musical Theatre at Stratford Upon Avon College, Jonny was awarded a place of study at “Laine Theatre Arts”. He was also honoured to have been awarded places from the “PPA Academy” and “The London School Of Musical Theatre”. Since graduating from Laine’s, Jonny completed his performing journey at London’s prestigious Italia Conti Academy before being signed to a Cruise ship contract.
“I feel so privileged to have started my career in our beautiful town at StarStruck with Katie and her team. I am extremely proud of my achievements but learning, performing and expanding as an actor in Solihull, is one of the best achievements.”
So this is Jonny’s story to date and all the StarStruck instructors know and expect Jonny to go on and achieve great things! Jonny still keeps in contact with Katie & the SSPA team so we will also keep you updated!