September 30th, 2016

Bromsgrove’s Stage Door Dance Academy to put on their ‘curtain call’ showcase in Droitwich tomorrow

Updated: 1:13 pm, Jun 24, 2016

THERE will be plenty of local talent on show when Bromsgrove’s Stage Door Dance Academy puts on its end of year ‘Curtain Call’ show at Droitwich Spa High School.

The event will take place at 7pm and follows a busy few months for the group.

Members had an exhilarating trip to London where 21 students performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Students, aged between nine and 18, performed four routines at the theatre which is home to the Phantom of the Opera.

Principal Martina Ponsonby said: “We were very excited to find out that we were using the dressing room of ‘Christine’, the lead principal of the show and the children left her a nice thank you card.

“The audience were so appreciative of all the schools which performed on the evening in this Bobby Dazzlers production, but when we heard the cheers in the wings from the auditorium after the Stage Door students performed, I was bursting with pride.”

She added there was excellent feedback from the organisers which was always very encouraging.

The day began at 8am when the students boarded the coach in Bromsgrove and headed to the Capital.

After arriving in the West End, they then explored London for the day before preparing for our performance.

“In between rehearsals and the show, we managed to take a picnic in St Jame’s Palace Gardens and had a walk up the Mall to see Buckingham Palace.

“But the real highlight of the day, was finding out that Kaine Ward, Finalist of ‘Got to Dance 2014’ and Billy in ‘Billy Elliott the Musical’, was performing in the show.

“He was a genuinely nice person and very generous with his time.

“He came to visit the students backstage during the interval and there were plenty of photographs taken, high 5’s and autographs given out,” added Martina.

Stage Door students were given a real treat then when they were allowed to watch his warm up and then his performance from the wings.

He then showed support for the Stage Door Dance group by watching their performance before returning to his dressing room.

Martina said: “I could see the impact he had had on the students when I watched them perform their routines afterwards.

“It truly was the icing on the cake for what was a fabulous day.”