Show must go on for disgruntled Sheffield performers

Upset: Members of the S13 Does Broadway group were upset to lose their show venue.         PICTURE: DEAN ATKINS.
Upset: Members of the S13 Does Broadway group were upset to lose their show venue. PICTURE: DEAN ATKINS.
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YOUNGSTERS from a Sheffield performing arts group claim they have been left out in the cold after they were told they could not stage their show at the venue where they’ve been rehearsing.

The performers from S13 Does Broadway said they had practised weekly during the school holidays at Stradbroke Community Centre - but were told a month before the show their booking was cancelled.

They say they were told they did not have the ‘correct events licence’.

Scott Howley, chairman of the centre, said: “Discussions are ongoing with the group so we can’t comment further at this stage.”

Leader Helen Eadon said the community centre had cancelled her booking and stopped them rehearsing there.

She said: “The children are devastated.”

Nicola Quibell, whose daughter Bethany, aged 12, was due to take part in the show said: “I find it unbelievable that a centre designed to support the local people could let these children down.

“Friends and family have been looking forward to seeing the results of all the children’s hard work.”

‘S13 secured £10,000 worth of lottery funding and were due to host a performance of Broadway medleys, from musicals such as Hairspray and Grease.”

Helen said they carried out a desperate search for a replacement venue so the 30 children can still perform.

Big Al’s Funhouse in Beighton has offered the use of its Club Beize free of charge, along with Woodhouse Mill Working Men’s Club.

Helen said ‘We are very grateful for the kind offers from other venues. We will decide which is most suitable for the children and the audience. The show must go on.”