Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Suffolk/Essex: Drama workshops to feature West End finale

16:01 22 July 2014

Lee Mead from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Yui Mok/PA Wire

Lee Mead from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Yui Mok/PA Wire

Aspiring young performers from East Anglia will be able to appear in the West End for the grand finale of a musical theatre workshop led by industry professionals this summer.

West End Week will be leading students between the ages of six and 21 through week-long masterclasses in preparation for their big stage debut in August.

Leading performers in musical theatre have been appointed to lead sessions on drama, singing and stage make-up at venues in Ipswich, Bury st Edmunds, Felixstowe and Colchester.

Students in all four towns will learn routines from West End hits including Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, Grease and Footloose, before joining together for a “special showcase” for family and friends at the end of the week on London.

Lee Mead, who was selected the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after winning the BBC casting show Any Dream Will Do, has been appointed patron of the workshops.

He will be judging clips submitted by any of the performers who want to be selected for solo roles.

Project leader Mark Connell said he had was inspired to start the workshops after the closure of the Felixstowe Summer Youth Project, where he first honed his performing talents as a child.

The 32-year-old star of shows such as Mama Mia, Miss Saigon and Singing in the Rain, said it was a “real shame” when the old youth project came to a close as it had played a major role in developing his career today.

Now in its third year, this will be the first time students have been able to showcase their new skills on the big stage.

“Now we will be able to offer that climatic finish to the week,” Mr Connell said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from West End professionals and then perform for friends and family at a major London theatre.”

Mr Connell, who grew up in Felixstowe but now lives in Tunstall, believes the workshops will offer a “rare chance to learn from a wide variety of people involved in the industry”.

Sessions are held from Monday, August 4, until Friday, August 8, with the final day involving the trip to London for the big performance.

Students are not required to audition for the workshops, unless they would like leading roles, and no previous experiences is necessary.

To find out more about the sessions, how much they cost and there they take place visit www.westendweek.co.uk.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Drink-drivers in court

A disqualified driver who committed his third drink-driving offence only 18 days before the end of a three-year ban has been spared jail.

Beryl Harding celebrated her 105th birthday on Monday

“I’m here to take some lovely photos of you,” beams our photographer.

Petrol prices

Here are the latest petrol prices in and around Ipswich according to petrolprices.com.

Missing dog Sadie

An Ipswich family appealing for the safe return of their precious pet dog Sadie has said they have been the target of a hoax call demanding cash to get her back.

Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will be broadcasting Springwatch  live from RSPB Minsmere again this year

Suffolk’s thriving tourism sector is gearing up for a summer of spectacular success as hordes of holidaymakers are expected to be lured to the county’s coast by the “phenomenal” Springwatch effect.

Dismantlement project on the Buttermarket Shopping Centre has begun. Left to right, Tom Bloor, Mark Bloor and Mark William.

Tonight marks the start of a three-week project to remove the distinctive facade over the entrance to the Buttermarket Shopping Centre.

Adam Ant on stage in the Word Arena at the Latitude Festival in 2011. Photograph: Simon Parker

I’m not an avid Adam Ant fan, so when I headed to his Kings of the Wild Frontier concert at the Ipswich Regent tonight I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Lois Cordelia painting Pig-Geswyk for the Pigs Gone Wild art trail.

Hundreds people visited an artist as she decorated a pig sculpture with Ipswich’s best known landmarks.

Tracey Haynes is a finalist in a competition to become the face of a plus-size fashion brand.

A pageant star from Kesgrave who has become a global ambassador for body image is encouraging people to put health before waist size.

Bill Baldry, Alton Water walk, EADT May 21

Bill Baldry enjoys the sights and sounds of Alton Water as he wanders through the woods north of Alton Water reservoir.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24