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GOING PLACES: Members of the youth theatre rehearsing for their next production, Smike! The Musical. At the front is Tilly Lewis with, from left, Ben Clark, Alice Turner, Lee Sherwood, Mollie Shaw and Adam Hebbard

Young actors to get a taste of Broadway
Jordan Day

Talented young actors will be swapping their stage in Cambridgeshire for the bright lights of New York this summer.

Members of Viva Youth Theatre, based in Soham, will be in the States in July to perform Fame – The Musical.

The group, aged 11 to 25, will be putting on the hit show in Soham from July 11 to 13 at The Brook.

On July 24, some cast members will fly out to New York. They will perform at the Playgroup Theatre in the city on July 28.

Dan Schumann, who founded Viva around 15 years ago, said: “We are all incredibly excited.

“Chances like this – going to New York to perform – don’t come along very often in life and to give the children this opportunity is just wonderful.

“We will be taking just part of the cast who put on the show here in Soham.

“They will have workshops with professional Broadway choreographers, musical directors and directors before performing to a fee-paying audience of up to 250 people.

“We will be doing lots of other wonderful things during our time in New York, including eating at world-famous Stardust Cafe in Times Square – the restaurant for the theatre set to ‘be seen in’ – before going to see a Broadway show.

“It is going to be lots of hard work, but enormous fun too and a fantastic experience I hope the young people will treasure for a lifetime.”

Viva has taken pared-down versions of youth theatre shows including Little Shop Of Horrors and Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story to the Edinburgh Fringe in recent years.

Auditions for Fame – The Musical will be held on Thursday, February 9 at Soham Village College at 7pm, open to anyone aged 11 to 25.

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