Like PT Barnum, Steph Maxwell from Divas and Dudes Dance Academy found talented young stars for The Greatest Showman musical for her summer holiday show this year.
Youngsters from seven different local primary schools aged from 5-11 performed the show after attending rehearsals every day last week at Trinity Hall before putting on the show on Friday for families and friends. Youngest performer, Lottie Dignan aged 5 1/4 who attends Gorse Ride School in Wokingham came the furthest each day after her Mum won a DDDA voucher at a charity ball.
The story tells the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum who rose from nothing and followed his dreams to create a spectacular show that became a worldwide sensation.
Right from the start, the show was spectacular with the children hoola-hooping and ribbon twirling to the opening song “The Greatest Show”. Lorelei Southwell, aged 8 said, “I’ve really loved learning the dancing.” Amelie Chandrapral also aged 8 added, “I really love the film, I’ve watched it lots of times and I love the trapeze bit. I’ve had some lines to learn but they haven’t been too difficult.”
Over the years, Steph’s productions have included Grease and High School Musical, she said, “We chose The Greatest Showman because everyone loves it. The children have watched the film 7/8/9 times and know the songs so well which it makes it so much easier. This is probably the longest script the children have had to learn though but they’ve all managed to brilliantly and I think they’ve put on the greatest show!”