Music is the magic at Sheffield summer school

Aspiring actors from across Shiregreen came together over the summer to'receive industry-expert advice in a bid to chase their performing arts dreams.

Aspiring actors from across Shiregreen came together over the summer to'receive industry-expert advice in a bid to chase their performing arts dreams.

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Musical magic transfixed starstruck youngsters who took to the stage to perform a modern classic as part of a Sheffield arts project.

Youngsters from across Shiregreen put on their own version of Hairspray thanks to the 12-month Shout programme, which encourages potential performers to develop their acting skills.

Intensive sessions were held over the summer with students receiving advice from industry experts on how to improve their theatrical expertise.

The £11,000 programme was funded by Shiregreen Community Homes, part of the Sanctuary Housing group, and saw young people learning the basics of performing and honing essential skills in acting, singing and dancing.

Hands-on mentoring was carried out by Carney Academy’s director Ruth Carney-Nash and West End choreographer Richard Roe – with 30 years of combined experience between them in the performing arts field.

Three performances of the hit show for friends and families marked the end of the course, and gave the aspiring actors the opportunity to put their new acting skills to the test in front of a live audience.

Dean Sibenda, aged 13, said: “I was so happy to attend the summer school as I really wanted to be good at dancing, singing and acting.”

Fifteen-year-old Emma Ward added: “When I found out the school was based around the film Hairspray, I knew I had to attend – it’s one of my favourites!”

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