THE Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors shone in their first-ever production called ‘Jessie’s Dream’.
The story revolved around a young girl researching the 1970s for a school project who fell asleep and woke up in a retro classroom filled with warring punks and hippies.
As reality broke through the dream barrier the challenge for Jessie was to bring harmony to both the music and her new classmates before she woke up.
There was just 12 weeks to write, choreograph and stage the show - which was performed at the Barn Theatre - with a cast of mainly first time performers aged between eight and 16 years old,but stage veteran Paula Woolven loved the challenge.
Assisted by producer Shar Turnbull, Paula involved the children in the concept of the show, the design and making of the costumes and the choreography of the dances.
Paula said, “It really was their show from the idea to the characters to the costumes and dancing – I just helped by putting the script together.
“It was colourful, energetic and extremely entertaining!
“The audience were up on their feet at every performance.
“I loved the fact that the children wanted to show how different society and music has become over the last 40 years.
“With songs from Abba squaring off against Lady Gaga and Donny Osmond versus Bruno Mars, the music delighted every member of the audience of all generations.”
There was a guest appearance from Spoony’s Street Dancers and dance teachers Jo Hatt and Seaford School of Dancing teacher Lindy Nash helped with choreography during rehearsals. The piano accompanist was Phil McMullen.
The group was started in July with financial support from the Rotary Club of Seaford and the Police Property Fund.
It is a not-for-profit volunteer run community group meeting once a week.
With disability access works being fully funded by the Keith Baker Charitable Trust and planned for spring 2012, the junior volunteers have been meeting with the local authorities and potential funders and service providers with the hope of starting a musical theatre group for local disabled and special needs young people. They hope to move forward with the project once building works have finished.
For more information please call Paula on 07710 426321.