A GROUP of Greenock theatre school students have arrived home after a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip which saw them perform at a number of iconic spots in Los Angeles - as well as picking up some top tips from an Inverclyde-born actor.

The budding performers from the Theatre School of Scotland’s (TSOS) local branch travelled to California, along with members of the Glasgow and Edinburgh schools.

A total of 50 youngsters took part in a host of activities during the trip, where they wowed crowds with their flash mob routines featuring Scottish and American melodies.

Their first performance was held at Santa Monica Pier shortly after they arrived, with the group entertaining shoppers at Ovation Hollywood the following day.

The students performed at Santa Monica PierThe students performed at Santa Monica Pier (Image: TSOS)

The students saw their names in lights during the finale at Universal Studios.

Deputy principal Charlotte Forbes said: “We believe in exposing our students to global stages.

“Providing experiences that they wouldn’t have the opportunity to take part in elsewhere is what makes the Theatre School of Scotland so unique.”

The grand finale took place at Universal StudiosThe grand finale took place at Universal Studios (Image: TSOS)

During their time in LA, the students also took part in workshops at the renowned Stella Adler Academy of Performing Arts – where they had the chance to interact with industry professionals, including Kilmacolm actor Declan Laird.

After suffering a career ending injury while playing for Morton as a teenager, Declan turned his attention to acting and relocated to LA to study in 2011.

Declan has since starred in comedy film Hot Air alongside Steve Coogan, and romcom Beautiful Disaster with Dylan Sprouse and Virginia Gardner.

Kilmacolm actor David Laird shared some tips with the groupKilmacolm actor David Laird shared some tips with the group (Image: TSOS)

The students also took some time out from performing and training to visit some of LA’s top attraction.

They took a trip to Venice Beach, hiked to the iconic Hollywood sign and enjoyed prime seats at the LA Dodgers game against LA Angels.

TSOS opened its Greenock branch in September last year, offering tuition in acting and singing at Songbird Studios.

Enrolment is now open for the upcoming term in August. To find out more, go to theatreschoolofscotland.co.uk.