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StageSmart arrived in Cirencester and immediately began to draw interest from the community. Teaching musical theatre, all the core skills of acting, singing and dancing are comprehensively covered. Director Benn-Llewellyn Williams, choreographer Kelly-Marie Hook and musical director Rudy Percival form the backbone of the team, and new member Katy Sirr is teaching 4-6 year olds.
Iwan Lewis decided to come to Cirencester after fond memories of learning stage-craft
with Maria Jagusz of MJ-UK. Based at Ingleside house, StageSmart is
overseeing a massive conversion where the Barn Theatre will be improved and
developed. But first, StageSmart is bringing the Wizard of Oz to the Bingham
Hall, on the 7th-9th.
StageSmart allows actors aged 4-18 practice their skills and perform for the local community, which Iwan believes offers other benefits, which he has seen in his own life. Increased confidence, public speaking, team work and fitness are all compliments to the foundations given by musical theatre.
The Wizard of Oz was chosen after success with the Clockmaker’s Daughter and The Christmas Spectacular. Wanting to go a level higher, a huge musical was chosen that could do justice to three nights at the Bingham.
The cast is made up of members of the StageSmart academy, "We have an incredible cast all of which are members of the StageSmartAcademy. Many of which I can predict will be future West End Stars. There is definitely something in the water here in Cirencester as I am always amazed at the talent that keeps on popping up."
The Wizard of Oz is showing on the 7th-9th of April at the Bingham Hall, with doors opening at 19:30.
To win two free tickets for the Wizard of Oz, simply answer this question:
What age was Judy Garland when she played the role of Dorothy Gale in the MGM film 'The Wizard of Oz'?
Answers can be submitted to Evan@Cirencester-Scene.co.uk
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