Fairytale stage for dancers

DANCERS of all ages will take to the Spa Pavilion stage at Felixstowe this week to perform a traditional fairy tale.More than 80 members of the Marwyn School of Dancing have been hard at work for six months getting ready for the show in aid of the CLIC Sargent cancer charity.

DANCERS of all ages will take to the Spa Pavilion stage at Felixstowe this week to perform a traditional fairy tale.

More than 80 members of the Marwyn School of Dancing have been hard at work for six months getting ready for the show in aid of the CLIC Sargent cancer charity.

The dancers range from three to 38 years old and school principal Jackie Bloomfield says they are very excited about the production and all looking forward to treading the boards at the 900-seater theatre.

“The girls are very excited - it's so wonderful for them to have this opportunity,” she said.

“I am sure they are going to love every moment and it will be something that many of them will remember all their lives, performing on the stage of a big theatre, using the dressing rooms, and all the excitement that goes with that experience.

“The rehearsals have gone really well and being the Spa stage in front of family and friends and other people will really lift them. It's going to be fantastic.”

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The show is Snow White and Rose Red, an old German fairy tale, said to date from the 16th century but was made popular with children by the Ladybird Books enjoyed by youngsters.

The story will be told in dance and mime, and will include ballet, tap, acrobatics and modern.

It will be performed at the Spa on Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19 at 7pm.

Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 children (no concessions), available from the theatre box office.

As well as the dancers, the team includes choreographers and a backstage team, including Mrs Bloomfield's mum Christine Hedley, who designs and makes all the costumes.

FASTFACTS: Marwyn School of Dancing

The school was founded in Felixstowe in 1946 by Margaret Spencer, known as Peggy, and her cousin Winifred, using parts of their names for the title.

The Felixstowe branch ran for many year's at a studio built at Peggy's home in High Road East and today meets at the Scout Hut, Bath Road.

In 1977 a branch was opened in Ipswich and today has around 110 pupils holding classes at a Scout hut in Foxhall Road.

Principal Jackie Bloomfield joined the school as a child in the last 1960s and has been dancing ever since.