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Starstruck!

Posted on September 18 2008 at 3:06:14 0 comments

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Budding performers now have a place to hone their talent, thanks to a new local project…

Youngsters dreaming of a career in showbiz can take their first steps towards stardom at a brand-new theatre school… right on their doorstep in Barnt Green.

The Star Project Theatre School, which opened its doors on October 2, offers children aged six to 16 the chance to develop skills in dance, music and drama, whether they are planning to apply for stage school or simply want to have fun.

The project was founded by Jo Edwards, a professional dancer and dance teacher who grew up in Barnt Green and spotted that the village and surrounding area lacked a facility where youngsters could learn to perform.

“I wanted to bring something a bit different to Barnt Green, and give children an opportunity to learn a variety of performing arts from professional teachers,” says Jo, who has been dancing since the age of two.

As well as getting involved in stage productions at Lickey Hills Primary and Wasely Hills High School, Jo attended the Maxine Grant School of Ballet and Birmingham Youth Dance.

At 16 she auditioned and was accepted for the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, graduating after three years with a distinction. Since then, the 21-year-old has worked as a TV presenter, dancer and dance teacher, and is now in a position to pass on her skills to local youngsters.

The Star Project allows youngsters to attend weekly three-hour sessions at Barnt Green Parish Centre (behind St Andrew’s Church), where they will learn about dance, musical theatre, drama, TV drama and screen acting.

“As well as learning exciting things and having fun, the children will also gain in confidence and make new friends,” adds Jo, who will be teaching alongside an experienced team including professional singing and drama coaches.

Workshops take place on Thursdays from 5–8pm and cost £15 per session – as we went to press, there were only a few of the 30 places left.

For this introductory term, children can attend on a pay-as-you-go basis (although booking is essential). In future a whole term must be booked and paid for in advance. However, taster sessions will still be available.

For more info and to book, call Jo on 07719 645710 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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