Young team produce hit music show

A group of dedicated young people saw the fruits of their labour at the weekend as their summer production took to the stage.

A new young team of five including producers, a musical director and a choreographer, with an average age of 21, planned and produced Musical Mania 2013, a show packed full of music, dance and comedy at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre last Friday and Saturday.

The show sold out on both nights, with more than 260 people coming to see the production.

Cast members have been rehearsing up to three times a week since May learning complex songs and harmonies along with stunning dances and routines.

The show was made up of a wide mix of songs from well known musicals including Les Misérables, Hairspray, Grease, We Will Rock You and Little Shop of Horrors.

The pantomime society has not produced a summer show for over four years, but the new group wanted to produce a high quality show for the local community.

The group was also keen to give the society’s younger members something to work on and take part in during the summer holidays.

Producer Mick Blewitt, 21, from Seaton Delaval, said: “It was so inspiring to see the cast, some who were so shy on day one, taking part and enjoying being part of the show.

“Watching and helping them develop new skills and build up confidence throughout the rehearsal period made my role so worthwhile.

“They all went out onstage and gave two amazing performances.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them.

“It wasn’t easy starting the show from scratch, but it meant our team could make all the decisions, from the songs we sung to the set, lighting and stage.

“ It’s been a fantastic group effort and something very modern for our audience.

“We can’t wait to start planning Musical Mania 2014.”

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