Youngsters Get Opportunity To Perform Glee-Style Show

Islands’ youngsters will have four days to prepare for and produce a musical during the half term break.

And organisers, the Youth Hub, are hoping the interest in the TV show Glee may encourage kids aged between 8 and 16 to come and train in singing and dancing for what’s being described as a musical “mash-up”, taking the best bits from a number of popular shows.

Similar sessions proved a success two years ago and Stephanie Johnson, from Cornwall Dance & Drama Theatre, says she was impressed at island kids’ abilities then.

Stephanie says she’s bringing a team of experts to help youngsters develop new performance skills including ballet and hip-hop dance specialists, and drama coaches.

She says she has to approach things differently here, with intensive training sessions over four days, unlike the week-long approach she follows on the mainland.

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Stephanie talks to us about the workshop…

Stephanie says the trendy musical TV show, Glee, could be increasing youngster’s interest in performance, adding her workshops seem much fuller since the show started.

She’s just finishing off writing the show this week but she says the songs will be familiar, including favourites from Fame and A Chorus Line.

Stephanie has over 13 years professional experience in Musical Theatre, appearing in many popular West End musicals, such as Cats, Grease and Aspects of Love. She’s worked closely with top names in the industry, such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and also has a famous soap star Mum – Meg Johnson from Emmerdale!

Helen McGuiness from the Youth Hub says there are still places available for the sessions but they’re limited.  For further information or to book a place contact Helen on 01720 423680 or call into the Early Years and Youth Office at Carn Thomas Children’s Centre.

The Council is funding boat access for off-island kids who want to come to St Mary’s for the event.