Where are they now?

Have you been a Wickersley Youngstar? Tell us what you’re doing now. We are very keen to keep in touch with our previous youngstars as they progress in their careers. Please drop us a line so we can feature you on our website.

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I started dancing when I was three years old and attended Nellie Stagles School of Theatre Dance in Doncaster. This gave me the opportunity to perform in pantomimes in Doncaster and annual dance shows. As I got older, I wanted to do musical theatre, and performed in ‘Annie’ and ‘The King and I’ with Wickersley Musical Theatre Society. Then Wickersley Youngstars came along. I joined Wickersley Youngstars at the age of fifteen, and performed in the first ever production with the group, ‘Back to The 80s’, playing the role of Cyndi Gibson.

I continued to perform with Wickersley Youngstars in their following musicals; ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ and ‘Annie Jr’. Unfortunately I was then too old to carry on with Youngstars, however, I managed to continue my love of dance and musical theatre by attending Phil Winston’s Theatreworks, Blackpool.

I am currently in my 2nd year at Phil Winston’s, doing major exams in ballet, modern jazz, tap, and teaching, as well as performing two shows in Blackpool theatres every year. I am not only dancing, but attend singing lessons every day, as well as a few drama lessons. My wish to work in Walt Disney World as a dancer and/or a character, or perform in the West End.

Wickersley Youngstars gave me the confidence to help me achieve my goals and dreams, and I made lots of friends who I will have for a lifetime. I am so proud to say I was part of a wonderful youth theatre group, and hope to all see more Youngstars following their dreams!

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hannah-west-10006-6mj7rx9I’ve always loved singing and performing since being young. I was a part of Doncaster Stagecoach and many different drama societies over the years, taking part in many shows. Through stagecoach I was part of the children’s choir for the West End Tour of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. It fuelled my love for the show. When I heard Wickersley Youngstars were auditioning for ‘Joseph’ I jumped at the chance, and was lucky enough to be given the part of The Narrator. It was such a special experience and is still my favourite show I’ve been in. Sadly it was the only show I performed with Wickersley Youngstars as I became too old, I really wish I joined earlier!

 

Since then I studied for a year at The Oxford School of Drama, doing a foundation course in Musical Theatre. It felt amazing to be studying what I loved and being able to dance, sing and act everyday. I am currently taking a gap year before starting a three-year acting course at a different drama school. This year it is my intention to learn as much about the industry as I can by working with as many different companies and theatres as I can, taking both acting and backstage roles. I have already been a runner/ad for Action To The Word’s production of Dracula performed at Latitude Festival. I have also come back to Wickersley Youngstars to help in their rehearsal process for their next production of ‘Les Miserables’.

Wickersley Youngstars is a brilliant society to be part of. I felt instantly welcome and loved within the group and the team are incredibly supportive. They all played a part in helping me to where I am, I couldn’t have done it without them!

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