Let us entertain you: Teen talent on display
PUBLISHED: 14:18 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:11 12 August 2010
PICKED from across Gravesham, a group of talented teenagers are planning to alter the perception of youngsters. Launched last year, Gifted Young Gravesham is a variety show exhibiting the best young entertainers the area has to offer and is returning to
PICKED from across Gravesham, a group of talented teenagers are planning to alter the perception of youngsters.
Launched last year, Gifted Young Gravesham is a variety show exhibiting the best young entertainers the area has to offer and is returning to the Woodville Halls this Saturday.
The show, which starts at 6pm, will include 25 acts and about 120 performers displaying an array of talent, such as street dance, African drumming, singing and acting.
Jodie Hamilton, a youth worker with Gravesham Borough Council, has helped putting the event together.
She said: "It started when a group of young people got fed up with the way Gravesend's youngsters were perceived to be knife-wielding gun carrying thugs.
To make the show members of the youth committee, with help from the Kent Youth Service, have been visiting secondary schools since July, organising auditions to find the best performers in the area.
Mrs Hamilton said: "The whole thing has been run by the youngsters. From touring the local secondary schools, enlisting St George's School who are offering the technical support such as lighting on the night, to Northfleet Youth Centre who are filming it and putting together a DVD."
To help preparation a selection of the performers have enjoyed a trip to Pineapple Performing Arts centre in Convent Garden where they received specialist advice from cast members from West End shows Blood Brothers, Wicked, Hair Spray and Thriller.
She added: "Form the Pineapple workshop some young people have been offered scholarships for their street dance and others have been invited back to casting auditions. Not only is this giving them excellent opportunities to be noticed, it is opening up London to them."
To supplement the event, GCSE and A-Level art work will be on display in the civic centre foyer before the show.
To book tickets visit www.woodvillehalls.com or call the box office on 01474 337 774.