Inspiring night at the London Palladium for Havering College
PUBLISHED: 16:21 29 March 2012
»There was no shortage of music, dance and most importantly passion at an Olympic inspired Havering College show.
More than 300 youngsters from Havering took to the stage at the London Palladium for one night only in the production called Inspiration. The cast ranged from age six upwards and included performers with severe learning or physical challenges.
They entertained with performances of music, dance, fashion and performance art, themed around the Olympics and set against a backdrop of footage from previous Games.
They shared the famous stage with some big name suppporters including characters from Sesame Street’s live touring show and Les Mis and Mamma Mia! star Sophia Ragavelas.
Julie-Kate Olivier, daughter of Sir Laurence Olivier and Dame Joan Plowright and Tim Faulkner, whose credits include Casualty, Inspector Morse and Allo! Allo! acted as co presenters.
A personal favourite of the night was when the Seseame Street live touring show took to the stage for their version of the ABC and Havering College student Ituni Alimi’s breathtaking performance of To Make You Feel My Love.
Popular with the audience were Ravensbourne School’s performance of Count On Me and Nishma Asher’s version of Michael Jackson’s Heal The World.
The show, awarded Inspire Mark status by the London 2012 Inspire Programme, is being seen as a life changing experience by the headteachers of participating schools.
Inspiration director/producer Peter Dayson, who lectures in music at the college, said: “It was an uplifting and very emotional evening.”
Ardleigh Green Junior School headteacher, John Morris said: “Our children had an amazing time. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for children who will probably never get that experience again. We also appreciate working with different schools.”
For more information visit www.havering-college.ac.uk
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