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PUBLISHED: 15:32 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:12 11 August 2010

Youngsters performing Chicago

Youngsters performing Chicago

TALENTED youngsters had a taste of West End stardom as they put on a show at a top London theatre. Nineteen performers from Barking, Dagenham, and Havering took part in a special one off musical production called Jack Petchey s Theatre Challenge at Her

TALENTED youngsters had a taste of West End stardom as they put on a show at a top London theatre.

Nineteen performers from Barking, Dagenham, and Havering took part in a special one off musical production called 'Jack Petchey's Theatre Challenge' at Her Majesty's Theatre, in Haymarket.

Together with 56 other people from across the capital, all aged between 14 and 25, they belted out a host of songs from musicals.

The event, held on November 23, was organised by the The Jack Petchey Foundation, a charity which focuses on projects and programmes for young people in London and Essex.

Around 200 youngsters from the area auditioned at Castle Green, Dagenham, in September and the 19 were chosen for their singing, dancing, and acting talents.

They spent four weeks rehearsing before joining the rest of the cast for a final week of preparation.

Although some who got through were used to treading the boards, many had never set foot on a stage before.

For 15-year-old Emily Onsloe, of Cherry Tree Lane, Rainham, landing a part came as a big surprise.

"I couldn't believe it - the whole thing was amazing. We sang songs from Chicago, Footloose and Company, and I even got the chance to sing a solo piece from Phantom of the Opera."

More than 1,000 people turned up to watch the impressive performance.


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