Published Thursday, 30th April 2015

Over 60 local youngsters did themselves proud in the fabulous Star for a Night talent showcase at the Harlequin Theatre.

The young people had the time of their lives performing musical numbers live on stage to a paying audience.

The 68 children, aged between 11 and 18, rehearsed in evenings and at weekends in preparation for two live shows in April at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill. Among the paying audience were proud mums, dads, grannies and grandads who watched a lively 90 minute show packed with music and dance numbers. The show, called Our Time, was inspired by the theme of 'time' and featured contemporary and classic pop hits.

Amazing performances

Sue Sergeant is Reigate & Banstead Borough Council's Leisure Development Officer: "The young people excelled themselves. After around only 30 hours of rehearsal their performances were amazing. I was so proud of them. Our cast of 68 was made up of young people with a passion for performing. Many were new to singing and dancing and brought the enthusiasm to try out taking part in a live variety show."

Four lucky young performers were rewarded for their hard work and enthusiasm with scholarships to local theatre and dance schools. The winners of the scholarships to Urban Play Dance School were Felix Treacher (age 11) a pupil of Meath Green Junior School in Horley, Nicole Williams (age 15) of Woodfield School in Merstham. Molly Perfitt (age 14) who attends St Bede’s School in Redhill and Sophie Cawtheray (age 11), a pupil at Sandcross School both won scholarships to So You Wanna Be theatre school.