Wildcats prepare to wow the West End this Sunday
WILDCATS PREPARE TO WOW THE WEST END THIS SUNDAY
Wildcats Theatre School and Post 16 Academy will this Sunday be taking to the stage in London as part of the 'Sunday Night Live' series of events.
Wildcats are no strangers to the West End - They have previously performed twice at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket as well as performing at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2012. In January 2011 they performed at her Majesty's as part of a national competition - and came away with the winners trophy. Her Majesty's Theatre is well known for being the home of 'Phantom of the Opera' - and being given the chance to perform on the same stage as many of the big names in Musical Theatre is a real honour for all those involved.
The West End Wildcats are a troupe of 54 children aged from 6 - 18 who alongside their regular theatre school classes commit to additional training to develop their performance skills even further. The group aims to give children and young people 'once in a lifetime' opportunities to perform in some of the countries most prestigious venues - giving them confidence not only in their performing skills but in their everyday lives.
The Wildcats Post 16 Academy are full time students working towards their BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. They train 3 days a week at the Wildcats Academy as well as taking part in a number of performances locally and nationally.
On Sunday 2nd December the troupe will be performing a number of different medleys - West End Wildcats will be performing pieces from CATS, 13 Musical and The Addams Family, whilst the Wildcats Post 16 Academy will be performing a medley from the musical 'Ghost'.
Kirstie Handley, Wildcat Academy student aged 18 from Bourne said 'I never ever thought I’d ever step on a West End stage but to be performing on the stage where they perform Phantom of the Opera! AMAZING! I'm extremely nervous right now just thinking about it but i know that when i stand on the stage, I’m not going to be able to stop smiling'
Paul Livingston, father of performer Ellie Livingston from Castle Bytham said ‘The performers and the wildcats team have put in an immense effort to deliver an experience that is truly worthy of a West End show. From the magical Cats through the teenage angst of 13, the love story of Ghost and the quirky spectacular Addams Family they are delivering a programme of the highest quality and we are all so proud of them."
Jasmine Pears, age 10 from Stamford said 'We have all worked so hard and I am looking forward to having my makeup and hair done and the whole experience of performing in the west end. I am such a lucky girl!'
Jasmines Mum, Marie said ‘ I am very proud of not just my little girl but the whole troupe. They have worked so hard and the performance will shine some amazing and unique talent! It is like an extension to our family. A lot goes on behind the scenes that people don't know about such as fund-raising and costumes. Really looking forward to it!’
Caz Dolby, Founder of Wildcats said 'It is great to again have been given the opportunity to bring the Wildcats to perform in such a prestigious venue. Over the last two years we have seen the effect these performances have on children's confidence and self-esteem and we were delighted to be able to offer this again to the West End Wildcats.'
For further information about any of Wildcats work please go to www.wildcatstheatreschool.co.uk