West End Wildcats wow the Royal Albert Hall
West End Wildcats perform in front of 1000's of people at the Royal Albert Hall. Read on for full story.
On Sunday 8th April 2012, 54 children from Stamford and Peterborough took to London to perform in one of the countries most prestigious theatres.
The West End Wildcats are 54 children aged 5-18 years who are part of Wildcats Theatre School. They have already picked up numerous awards and accolades for their performances which combine originality and quality with inclusion and enjoyment, where every child is given an opportunity to shine and perform to the best of their abilities. So far they have scooped the winners trophy at Her Majesty's Theatre, London in a competition in January 2011 and were runners up in the grand final in December 2011. Alongside performing in London they have showcased their work locally at events and festivals and are booked to perform at Stamford Festival this June.
After months of preparation the Wildcats travelled to London on Sunday to perform a dance routine to a medley from 'Dreamgirls'. Vocalists included Sophie Blackburn, age 13 from Hambleton, Jess Wise, age 14 from Peterborough, Amelia Walker, age 14 from Market Deeping and Jodie Halls, age 18 from Bretton. The other children were dancers - performing challenging routines in a very large space. The routine included lifts and dance moves usually reserved for much more experienced troupes - but the Wildcats took on the challenge and did themselves proud.
Caz Dolby, Founder of Wildcats said 'The Wildcat teachers and I are so proud of each and every child who attended and performed on Sunday. Every person did their very best and showed their talents to thousands of people including their family and friends. West End Wildcats are now having a break before their next West End Performance in December.'
Quotes from children and parents:
Chloe Simmons, Age 10 from Crowland said 'What a wonderful experience dancing and singing at the RAH was and knowing all the famous people who have performed before us - just WOW'
Jessica Auciello, age 10 and Rimini Auciello, Age 8 from Ryhall said "We had an amaazing time. You could hear the crowd cheering really loud for the Wildcats as they were all around us. To be able to dance with our friends, where we watched Adele sing is AWESOME!!"
Rachel Patman, Mum to performer Chloe Patman from Baston said "The wildcat children are so lucky to be part of such an amazing extended family, with such great opportunities, to perform onstage at royal Albert hall home to such amazing stars will be something they will never forget !"
Matthew King, age 9 from Hampton said " It was amazing and I can't believe where I have been. I enjoyed it all and loved seeing the building and being backstage. I want to do it again! Wicked!"
Jess King, age 5 from Hampton said "It is the best thing I have ever done. I was very excited and loved it all. I loved dancing with my friends and my bun in my hair!!"
Jessica and Mattews parents, Dyan and Karen said: Every child was amazing and they have achieved so much. We are proud to be part of the Wildcats Theatre School. We look forward to the next one!!!"
Caitlin Hanock, Freya Hancock, Sofia Burrows, Olivia Titcombe, Charlotte Griffin, Bethan Dykes, Ellen Szulz, Zoe Richardson, Amy Dalby, Bethan Hurford, Melanie Glensmark, Lauren Woodward, Sophie Blackburn, Lottie Voce, Annabel Otterburn. Paige Briggs, Olivia Needham, Chloe Patman, Chloe Simmons, Georgia Burdock, Olivia Hayhurst, Olivia Thompson, Ellie Thompson, Isobel Thompson, Rimini Auciello, Jessica Auciello, Maddie Sanders, Amelia Wise, Jess Wise, Jade Maramahoko, Matt King, Meg Snow, Jade Cunnington, Holly Cunnington, Megan Hurl, Bethany Brakenbury, Sarah Lynn, Helen Holroyd, Amelia Walker, Katie Musgrove, Maisie Greenwood, Jodie Halls, Jessica King, Elise Campbell, Jasmine Pears, Caitlin McClarty, Amelia Hubbard, Esther Brown, Imogen Williams