Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Youngsters learn to act, sing and dance during summer course in Ipswich

09:00 22 August 2014

Youngsters take part in Summer Theatre School 2014 in association with The New Wolsey

Youngsters take part in Summer Theatre School 2014 in association with The New Wolsey

An intensive week-long workshop course is giving Suffolk children the opportunity to sharpen their acting, dancing and singing skills with the crème de la crème of performing arts.

shares

The summer theatre school, which is held at Ipswich Corn Exchange, is in its debut year and is put together by the producers of Ipswich Regent Theatre’s seasonal pantomimes, Enchanted Entertainment.

Director Guy Pascall, who has more than 15 years of experience in the business, said: “It’s all about confidence building; it’s not just about being a star, it all starts with confidence.

“Some were so shy on Monday but even after a couple of days their parents have seen a change in them.”

The group will put on two performances on Saturday, lasting two hours each, which are a collaboration of timeless favourites such as Matilda, We Will Rock You, Fame, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Annie.

“We have got to be tough; if they want a role then they have to audition for it,” added Mr Pascall. “They are disappointed if they don’t get it but that’s performing arts and they have to be tough skinned.”

The workshops are split into three areas, with Kerry Blaskett teaching dance, Jezz Weatherall as singing coach and Mr Pascall on acting.

Lilli, eight, said her favourite part of the week had been meeting new friends and doing lots of dancing.

She said: “First of all I thought acting was just saying words but I found out it’s also about reacting to other people.”

Nine-year-old Elizabeth has been inspired to carry on performing and said she had signed up to another show in November with Woodbridge- based amateur musical theatre society, Company of Four.

Children from the age of eight to 14 at a range of abilities are attending the workshops and more confident members will be performing 
solos and duets on Saturday.

Eight-year-old Aleyah said: “My favourite part has been the dancing. I’ve always loved dancing because it is so fun and it just makes me feel free.”

She added that spending the week working hard from nine to five had been much more enjoyable than sitting around on the sofa.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Volunteers carry the body of a victim on a stretcher, recovered from the debris of a building that collapsed (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)

The father of a Boxford woman travelling in Nepal managed to contact her this morning, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the Kathmandu valley.

Fire in Great Yeldham - stock photo

A ground floor flat was heavily smoke logged when fire crews arrived at the scene this afternoon.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A man who was banned from keeping dogs for 15 years after footage showed him punching and slapping his two Labradors has had the disqualification reduced from 15 years to 10.

Angel Hall, missing 14-year-old girl from Leiston

A teenager from east Suffolk who was reported missing yesterday morning has been found safe and well.

Lowestoft Town centre.

A fire broke out on the ground a semi-detached house on Victoria Road this morning.

Shawn Leek setting out on the first of seven marathons. Today he hopes to complete the challenge

Thousands of runners this morning lined up for the start of the 35th annual London Marathon, each with their own personal goal.

Suffolk Cycle Sportive for St Elizabeth Hospice at Alton Water.

A charity has reported a rise in the number of women joining their annual Suffolk Sportive cycle event in the wake of the high-profile Women Tour passing through the county.

Fans at the Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest game.

The atmosphere at Portman Road was electric yesterday as fans packed the terraces to see the play-off bound Blues in action against Nottingham Forest.

Bury Fire Station.

Firefighters from the Bury station were called to the fire at The Vinefields after neighbours reported a strong burning smell.

The Mid and West Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal.

Featuring the trademark bird of prey displays, stunt shows, classic cars and Suffolk punches, this year’s Mid and West Suffolk Show is drawing crowds from across the county.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages