After winning a worldwide musical theatre competition, Harrogate performing arts students were treated to an outstanding weekend at danSing with the American Musical Theatre Academy of New York and London.
The workshop, held on 13 – 14 February, was led by AMTA co-founder and principal Kenneth Avery-Clark who is a West End actor, writer and producer.
Kenneth was joined by AMTA vice-principal, Mark Goldthorp who is set to star in the new production of Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close. Kenneth and Mark inspired the young performers, aged 11-19, with their enthusiasm, energy and expertise, working on musical theatre extracts, vocal technique, choreography and acting through song.
Kenneth commented afterwards:
It’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the students and to know that they are already receiving a great foundation in singing. These are potentially the ‘stars of tomorrow’ and it’s great to have those locally who will nurture them and give them as many opportunities as possible. We thoroughly enjoyed the Northern hospitality and can’t wait to return.
danSing co-directors, Helen Leaf and Jane Waring, do not audition young performers to join the school but through outstanding training and professional opportunities, like the AMTA weekend, are able to develop extraordinary musical theatre artists.