Summer school stars sparkle in bright lights of musical magic

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193116009
Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193116009
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Talented children have been taking to the bright lights of the stage as part of a summer theatre school.

More than 200 youngsters have been taking part in the Key Youth Theatre summer school, spending a week singing, dancing and acting ready to put on a performance for friends and family.

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193130009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193130009

The children, all aged between seven and 18, have been working on music and dance from Tangled, The Sound of Music, Shrek and Blood Brothers.

Kindred Drama director Paul Collings, who runs the summer school, said: “The school runs for two weeks every year.

“The youngsters work on versions of musicals before putting on a big show at the end of the week for family and friends. Pupils are split into four groups, and work with musicians and choreographers to put on the show.

“The first week was last week, with the second week this week. There are about 140 people on each week.

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193144009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193144009

“The first show went really well - there was a great reaction from all the crowd. The kids are all brilliant.

“A lot of the children have been to the school before, and have done theatre work, but we do have some who come and have no experience at all, and they all get involved and have a go.”

This year is the 25th anniversary of the school, which has proved very popular in previous summers.

For more information about the Key Youth Theatre email kindreddrama@gmail.com.

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193158009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193158009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193211009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193211009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193236009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193236009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193312009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193312009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193416009

Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193416009

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Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193456009

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Key Youth Theatre summer school rehearsals at the Key Theatre. EMN-160408-193509009