Friday, 14 December 2018

Children follow the yellow brick road

TWO hundred children took part in an end of year Christmas production at the Kenton Theatre

TWO hundred children took part in an end of year Christmas production at the Kenton Theatre in Henley.

They were split into two teams and staged six performances of The Wizard of Oz between them.

The show, which is run by StageWorks Performing Arts School, ran from Monday to Saturday.

The children performed all the traditional songs such as Follow the Yellow Brick Road and Ding-dong the Witch is Dead.

They were directed by Lloyd White, musical director James Gwynne and choreographer Nicky Jaggar while a professional crew helped to run the production backstage.



Emma-Jane Taylor, principal and director of StageWorks, said: “Monday night performance was sold out and shows great support for this local school which has been based at the Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society studio for 15 years and using the Kenton Theatre for the same amount of time.

“The atmosphere backstage was buzzing with high energy from the children who were aged from four to 15 years old.

“I am so proud of the dedication that everyone gives to these shows. It really is a team effort from everyone from students to costumes to backstage crew to parents to the team.

“We couldn’t do these shows without such support, also Henley town has really got behind this show and been advertising in shops and social media. It has been a lovely network, thank you to everybody.”

In 2016 the school is opening its doors (subject to availability) for six weeks of free trials in January as an opportunity to anyone wanting to trial the performing arts.

For more information, email enquiries@ stageworks.org.uk or visit www.stageworks.org.uk



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