September 17 2014 Latest news:
by Ajay Nair, Reporter
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Budding stage stars have graced the West End in a mini season of performances of a “mega-mix” musical in London.
Young performers from the Make Believe performing arts company put on five showings of the musical OMG! at the renowned Novello Theatre in London.
The all-singing, all-dancing cast of youngsters were chosen at auditions, earning their places in the musical, which combines music from well-known West End productions.
The musical, which was directed and choreographed by Make Believe’s Andy Thwaite and Emma Murphy, opened its final night to packed West End audiences on Sunday.
Lenny Arthur, 10, of Romford, who said working on the show was a “dream come true”, added: “I cannot thank Make Believe enough for trusting me to perform in the same theatre as the smash hit Mamma Mia!”
He said: “With hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”
Make Believe provide after school classes to more than 2,000 children from east London and Essex, and gives them the opportunity to become resident actors within their production company.
Make Believe founder and OMG! producer Joel Kern, 25, said: “We have played off-West End venues for the past seven years and decided to give our talented youngsters an opportunity to test themselves at one of the UK’s most prestigious venues.”
The performing arts company, which was started by Mr Kern when he was 15, is celebrating its 10th year anniversary and their Federation of Small Business Young Entrepreneur award, which Mr Kern received earlier this year.
Mr Kern added: “Their [the children’s] response was amazing! Youngsters come to us to learn and enjoy performing arts and these five magical performances have confirmed that they are able to perform at the highest level.”