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Future stars ready for Fame

19 August 2013

MT4Uth performers with their mentors

Musical stars of the future have been put through their paces at a Music Theatre 4 Youth boot camp at Rockport School in Holywood.

The masterclass and choreography residential weekend is in preparation for the arts education charity production of 80s classic Fame at the T13 urban warehouse in the Titanic Quarter this weekend.

All the young performers were selected to take part following a unique audition process at George Best Belfast City Airport in June.

Among the 80 young people involved was Emmet Stewart from Strabane.

Emmet (19) had a great time at Rockport and said MT4Uth has given him confidence as a performer.

"Without MT4Uth I would not have realised the abilities I had to make my dream come true," he said.

"It has given me the opportunity to succeed through hard work and determination, providing a platform for me to become me."

Simon Little, of Phoenix Natural Gas which sponsored the Rockport event, said everyone was having lots of fun preparing for the production.

"Phoenix has a long history of supporting local talent and we have enjoyed doing all we can to make this project the success that it deserves to be," Simon said.

MT4Uth chief executive Jenny Cooke said that quality training and partnering with business sponsors, industry professionals and collegeswas vital to the project, as aspiring musical theatre stars need to learn the skills to be a triple threat – singer, actor and dancer.

Jenny said: "It has been a hard-working and fun weekend for everyone in the holistic environment of Rockport."

Musical theatre performer Jacade Simpson, who has been dispatched from the Arts Educational College to help the young people reach the level they need to achieve to get into London schools, said: "The young people have been building skills with some of the best directors in the business and they can't wait to show what they've learned."

There will be an evening performance of Fame at T13 this Friday and a matinee and evening performance on Saturday.

For tickets contact the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609.

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