A dance and song show that has real character

Story book characters from the Jill Errington School of Dance.
Story book characters from the Jill Errington School of Dance.

COLOURFUL costumes will be on display when a large number of Ponteland children perform in an all-singing and dancing production.

The Jill Errington School of Dance and Drama puts on a big theatre event involving all its members every three years and this time round is a page-turning extravaganza.

About 170 boys and girls from Ponteland, aged between two and 18, are among those taking part in the show, which will raise funds for cancer charities.

Former pupil Holly Dalton has written the dialogue and songs.

Miss Errington said: “The story of the production is that a group of four friends have just started their summer holidays and they decide to visit their local library for something to do.

“When they get there, they find that the books have come alive and we have a number of groups in costume to represent a range of classic and modern stories such as Watership Down, Oliver Twist, Twilight, Treasure Island and James Bond. We then extend it to films, games and musicals.

“Everyone has been working hard in preparation for a while now and the pupils can’t wait to perform in front of lots of people.

“We have a specific section in the show about cancer awareness and it will include a mash up of Stronger by Kanye West, Survivor by Destiny’s Child and Fighter by Christina Aguilera with the message that those who have cancer can handle it if they have a lot of support from friends and family and a positive attitude.”

Profits from the show and the sale of badge pins at the performances will go to Cancer Research UK and the Breast Cancer Campaign.

The proceeds from a raffle and programmes will be given to Ponteland-based LegaCare, which helps people who have life-limiting diseases with a range of legal issues.

The school has been running for 20 years and it has classes in Newcastle and Ponteland (United Reformed Church, Darras Hall, and Richard Coates Middle School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

The show will be performed on Saturday, March 24, at the People’s Theatre in Heaton, Newcastle, at 2pm and 6pm. Tickets cost £7 each.

For more information and ticket details, email jillyerrington@yahoo.co.uk