Dance dreams for musical theatre

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One boys dream of becoming a dancer will always pull at the heart strings of Billy Eliot fans. So with STP musicals the idea of a whole group of talented children will always make for something interesting.

After winning the chance to perform the musical in the West End last year, the youth group decided to run it again at Ferneham Hall, Fareham from 20 until 24 June.

Jason Curtis, owner of STP musicals and director of Billy Eliot, said: ‘We had to submit 10 minutes of our performance to West End directors and we got selected to go to regional finals and last year we went to Brighton.

‘Then we went to London and won it. It was an amazing experience the kids will never forget. We are hoping to do the same again this year, we’ve just done the regionals in Pool.’

The company has been running since 1963, although has been known as STP musicals, a youth group based in Southampton, since 2004.

Jason said: ‘It’s obviously changed a little bit since then, It’s just an amazing experience. Last year it was amazing for them to meet producers and director, let alone perform on the stage.’

The company may have performed them musical before, but there will be big changes for the new audience.

He added: ‘Last year we used a lift from Fame and then the West End production actually used it, with bits from our show. This time we are doing different lifts. The whole cast look amazing.’

Tickets: Ferneham Hall, Fareham (01329) 231942 or fernehamhall.co.uk.

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