The first ever West End Workshop, held by the Bridgwater Youth Theatre at Bridgwater College, saw aspiring young performers of musical theatre from across the county, came together to attend sessions in acting, singing and dancing, and create stage material from West End productions.
Kat Stevens, who directs the Bridgwater Youth Choirs, established the workshops after there was great demand from members of the choir to develop skills in the musical theatre genre. The group performed pieces from Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and the Lion King at a showcase at the end of the week.
“It was a wonderful feeling being approached by the youngsters and their parents and to feel their passion and enthusiasm for musical theatre, and the want to work through the summer holiday! I designed the workshops not only to present a polished performance at the end of it, but to give the youngsters experience of other important skills such as expressing themselves through creativity, stretching their imagination, managing their nerves, self-presentation and character building - all very useful skills for life. It was an added bonus to be able to celebrate their success with a high energy and committed performance at the end of the week.”