Purr-formers celebrate birthday with huge show

MEOW Young singers and dancers from Stagecoach Theatre
MEOW Young singers and dancers from Stagecoach Theatre
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LEOPARD-print lycra was never in short supply as young performers from the Havant area joined in for Britain’s largest ever performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts celebrated its 25th anniversary in style with an outstanding performance of the world-renowned musical at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

A total of 31 singers and dancers from the Stagecoach branch based at Crookhorn College of Technology took part in the show.

Jonathan and Charlotte, the operatic duo of Britain’s Got Talent fame, opened the show with an emotional performance from their gold-selling album Together to a star-studded crowd including the likes of former Cats star Marti Webb.

Charlotte Jaconelli said: ‘I always knew I wanted to be part of the performing arts world, and if it wasn’t for my incredible 11 years of training and experiences at Stagecoach, I don’t believe I’d be where I am now.

‘I learnt so much from Stagecoach and I have so much to thank them for.’

Veronica Bennetts, director of education for Stagecoach, says: ‘We’re so proud of each and every one of our 3,000 students who took part in our anniversary celebrations.

‘It was a truly tremendous event and something that everyone involved will remember forever.’