Summer workshop

January 19, 2018

Robert Baxter (centre) plays Lola from Kinky Boots.

Sean French and Tom Nethersole rehearse their song ''Expressing Yourself" from Billy Elliot.

Students practise lifting Ella Bryant for their song Revolting Children from Matilda.

Sebastian Matthieson sings in Sit down, you’re rocking the boat from Guys and Dolls, which features in Saturday’s performances.

Fun and laughter filled the stage as performing arts enthusiasts took part in the annual Initial Stages summer workshop yesterday.

In its 12th year, the workshop gives students from across the Goulburn Valley a chance to build their skills and make new friends in a supportive environment.

Initial Stages director and owner Helen Janke said she was proud of her students and how much they had achieved during the week-long intensive.

‘‘We have such a talented group of people taking part this year,’’ Ms Janke said.

‘‘They all live and breathe theatre.

‘‘They want to be challenged and keep pushing themselves to the top level.’’

As a way to showcase the students’ talent, the Initial Stages team decided to move away from a traditional show and replace it with a Tribute to Broadway.

The hour-long performance will include 13 songs from 13 shows, showcasing old and new musicals, such as Guys and Dolls, Matilda and Kinky Boots.

‘‘We felt like we had done the pick of junior shows already, so we took a look at our group and picked a range of songs,’’ Mrs Janke said.

‘‘This is a space where students can express themselves and feel safe in an accepting environment.

‘‘They get to have a say in what they perform.’’

Initial Stages will perform two shows tomorrow at 2pm and 6pm.

Tribute to Broadway will be in the Founders Hall at Goulburn Valley Grammar School on Verney Rd, Shepparton.

The performance is suitable for all ages and tickets can be bought at the door for $10 per person.

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