WILDCATS WIN AT WEST END SHOWSTOPPERS
Wildcats Theatre School, based in Stamford but with classes in Peterborough, Uppingham and Oakham were victorious on Sunday night (30th Jan) and fought off talented competition at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket in London’s West End.
Wildcats Theatre School, based in Stamford but with classes in Peterborough, Uppingham and Oakham were victorious on Sunday night and fought off talented competition at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket in London’s West End.
The West End Wildcats, a troupe of 45 children from Stamford, Peterborough and Rutland performed at the theatre on Sunday 30th January in front of a packed 1000 strong audience. Dance and theatre schools from across the country fought it out on stage, each performing 3 times in a bid to impress the celebrity judges and win the show.
In November 2010, Darren Lord from 1640 productions auditioned the group to be part of the show; a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform on a West End stage at the home of ‘Phantom of the Opera’. The Wildcats found out they had been successful and from then on had been rehearsing hard, learning songs and dance routines.
Caz Dolby, of Wildcats said ‘The West End Wildcat troupe were fantastic, they behaved brilliantly and really understood how honoured they were to perform in such a prestigious venue. They took part in a full dress rehearsal where they learnt all about real life theatre, wearing headset microphones and performing on the same stage as the stars of Phantom of the Opera, followed by a full show. I was particularly proud of how the children behaved, really respecting the venue and making the most of every opportunity given, as also complemented on by theatre staff and stage crew. Their performances in the live show were met with huge applauses, and the Wildcats totally ‘wowed’ the crowds with their confidence, character and teamwork. ‘
Throughout the day the Wildcats were followed by a film crew from BBC East Midlands today, and their performances will feature on the Friday news bulletins.
As a result of winning this competition the Wildcats have been asked to perform again in December at a gala variety show, once again in London’s West End. They also received a trophy.
Plans are already in place for the West End Wildcats to perform at a number of local, national and international events including Stamford and Nottingham Festivals and Euro Disney, Paris. The West End Wildcat troupe will also be available to perform at events throughout the year.