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This Easter weekend youth theatre group proves "You Can't Stop The Beat!"

PUBLISHED: 12:54 18 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:19 18 April 2019

Echo Youth theatre performance of Hairspray Easter weekend 2019 Photo: Mathew Woodman

Echo Youth theatre performance of Hairspray Easter weekend 2019 Photo: Mathew Woodman

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This bank holiday weekend Echo Youth Theatre take on Hairspray the Broadway mega hit.

Echo Youth theatre performance of Hairspray Easter weekend 2019 Photo: Mathew WoodmanEcho Youth theatre performance of Hairspray Easter weekend 2019 Photo: Mathew Woodman

Set in Baltimore USA in the 1960's during the civil rights movement, Hairspray follows Tracy Turnblad a confident singer and dancer who dreams of becoming a star.

Tracy wants to audition for a television role but told that she just does not look the part.

Echo Youth theatre performance of Hairspray Easter weekend 2019 Photo: Mathew WoodmanEcho Youth theatre performance of Hairspray Easter weekend 2019 Photo: Mathew Woodman

Tracy is not bothered by this and continues to follow her dream and proves exactly why you should never judge people for the way they look.

This action packed colourful rendition is the perfect treat for the family this Easter bank holiday and just because the cast are young does not mean the quality of the show is in anyway juvenile and if anything it adds to the enjoyment.

Filled with X-Factor moments where impressive vocals boom out of these young performers, I had to remind myself after that these were all youth actors just beginning their promising careers.

The cast of 48 range from aged 9 – 18 all with a variety of talents that work together with the grace and professionalism of a Broadway show.

Echo theatre started in 2017 and was created to provide challenging and varied theatre experiences for young people.

They offer young aspiring talents the platform they need at reasonable prices and this provides opportunities to children with talent that might not be able to afford the fees of traditional theatre groups.

Although relatively new, Echo is ran by a group of highly experienced volunteers who provide classes and workshops.

They have already been nominated for Best Play for their previous performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the NODA East awards.

This truly is a treat for the whole family and all profits from the show go back into the Youth Programme for their next project.

I can't say it enough - go and see this show!

Showing at OPEN this weekend

•Thursday 18 April 7.30pm

•Friday 19 April 7.30pm

•Saturday 20 April 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Norwich, 20 Bank Plain

https://opennorwich.org.uk/whats-on/gigs-events/hairspray-the-musical/

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