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West end stars at Aylsham High School to help students with a show they'll be performing. Choreographer Claire Cassidy (middle) pictured with students, left, Lydia Mijnlieff 13 and Pippa Randall 13. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
BY DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP, Reporter
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
In a once in a lifetime opportunity famous stars from London’s West End have been teaching a group of north Norfolk students the tricks of the trade.
The 35 students from Aylsham High School are spending the week doing workshops in acting, singing and dancing with some of the best names in showbiz.
Put on by The West End Experience, the week will conclude with a one-hour concert at the end of the week.
Hazel Martin, head of drama at the high school, explained that this was part of the school’s activities week programme which aims to give students a taste of various different pursuits.
She said: “These students are getting the chance to work with professionals and the expectation is they will perform like professionals, gain confidence, and perform like they never knew they could.”
Among the performers leading the school are Richard Munday, who is currently starring in Phantom of the Opera, and Blood Brothers’ Craig Whiteley.
The grand finale concert takes place on Friday at 8pm, where the students and stars will perform numbers from West End shows including Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia and Hairspray.
Jim Henson, who is currently musical director on We Will Rock You, is orchestrating the concert.
● Tickets for the final showcase, which are £5, are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk, by calling 07867 790073 or from Aylsham High School on 01263 733270 extension 126.