POST 16 Academy prepare to perform at drury lane
Wildcats Post 16 Academy, based in St Peters Hill are preparing for another showcase at one of the countries top theatres. This Sunday the 52 students aged 16-21 will perform at 'Theatre Royal Drury Lane' - home of the current hit musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
As part of their BTEC Musical Theatre course the students have worked over the past months preparing the pieces, learning everything needed to put on an incredible show in the West End. Wildcats are no stranger to big theatres - in the past few years the Academy and West End Wildcats have performed in some amazing venues including Royal Albert Hall, O2 and Her Majesty's Theatre. In April the younger troupe 'West End Wildcats' will be performing at Sadlers Wells.
The Year 1 students are performing medleys from 'Kiss Me Kate' and 'Rent' whilst Year 2 are performing a medley of songs from 'Smokey Joe's Cafe'. Both year groups will then perform a piece together from the hit musical 'Mary Poppins'. The pieces were choreographed by Wildcats dance teacher Vince Williams and Course Co-ordinator Kelly-Ann Gordon.
One of the performers is Teeya Jackson, age 16 from Stamford. Teeya has been with Wildcats for a number of years coming through the Senior part time classes whilst attending Queen Eleanor School (Stamford Welland Academy) before joining the Wildcats Post 16 Academy. Teeya, like so many of the current students is a hard working, committed individual that gives every task her best shot. She is currently also running workshops at Stamford Welland Academy and has recently been asked to be added to their 'Hall of Fame'.
Caz Dolby, Owner of Wildcats said 'Performing the West End is an important part of our full time BTEC courses that we offer in Stamford. We actively look for opportunities for students to perform in venues that engage and inspire students - and West End theatres give them the chance to be part of fabulous performances that are run by professionals in the industry. By the end of the two year course students will have performed in at least two West End shows and two major musicals alongside numerous other showcase performances and events.'
Wildcats have a few places left on their full time fully funded dance and musical theatre courses starting in September. For more information go to www.wildcats.org.uk