Sheffield drama youngsters get in on the act

Full of cheer: Sheffield youngsters show off their drama and dancing skills.

Full of cheer: Sheffield youngsters show off their drama and dancing skills.

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MAYBE it’s a long way from S13 to the West End.

But tomorrow’s generation of budding actors, who are enjoying free Sheffield drama workshops this summer, could one day head to the bright lights.

The sessions are one project funded by Stradbroke Tenants and Community Association after it was awarded a £10,000 Lottery grant towards community initiatives.

And as a result youngsters are brushing up on their dancing, singing and acting skills to perform a medley of hits from popular musicals.

They will showcase songs from Grease and Hairspray, plus scenes from Annie, at the Links Festival in Richmond Park this September 16.

Project S13 Does Broadway has been put together by the association with Fran Taylor, of drama project Frantabulous, and dance choreographer Carly Wildes.

Fran, of Woodhouse, said there had been great interest from day one with 35 youngsters signed up.

“We’ve also had contact from parents asking if we can do an extra show on an evening for them.

“It’s very exciting because it is a free project and these kids might not have had the chance to do something like this before.

“Drama and dance classes can cost a lot of money.

“We’ve also had a stage technician and there are a few kids interested in that side of thing now, which is very hard to get into.

“The kids are really excited about performing and making their own props and costumes.”

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