Musical theatre on a high after a great winter term

Mary and Graham Storrie with Richard Reynard and Holly-Marie Seller
Mary and Graham Storrie with Richard Reynard and Holly-Marie Seller

Musical Theatre High! Academy has had a successful winter term raising over £1500 for the charity Emily’s Star.

The students of the Leighton Buzzard-based school performed Bugsy Malone, Legally Blonde and a Christmas Concert for parents and family members to achieve this huge amount of money.

Richard Reynard with the boys musical theatre class

Richard Reynard with the boys musical theatre class

Katie Elmer from Emily’s Star was over the moon to be presented with the donation which will help families and children affected by the Edwards Sydrome - a life limiting illness.

Saturdays performance was attended by Mary and Graham Storrie to present student Holly-Marie Seller with the year long Rosie May Memorial fund scholarship at MTH! for her dedication and commitment.

The Academy were also fortunate to be given a PA sound system in December through a grant offered by the company NCR, nominated by Global Enterprise Quality Escalation Manager Richard Burchfield.

This will benefit the students in productions and classes, enabling them to learn microphone technique and to help build confidence in performance.

This term has seen three students offered roles in professional touring productions in Billy Elliot, The Sound of Music and Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. Due to the company’s regulations, the children can’t be named. All of the students auditioned independently of the school through open auditions, with the competition very high.

Other good news for the school is Rudy Walding this term started the Junior Associates at The Royal Ballet in Birmingham.

He is also waiting to hear the outcome after six auditions to play Charlie in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in the West End.

This follows the success of Molly Wasway getting into The National Youth Theatre and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Maddie Wilson now working as a performer at Disney Land Paris.

MTH! principal and West End performer, Richard Reynard said: “Musical Theatre High! is in its fourth year as an Academy and seeing amazing progression in not just the kids’ talent but also as confident, respectful individuals. I am thrilled about the students’ recent success and incredibly appreciative for the generosity of NCR.”

> For more information on Musical Theatre High! visit musicaltheatrehigh.com and for information on Emily’s Star visit emilysstar.co.uk.