Students from Archbishop Blanch C of E School in Wavertree are jetting off on a once in a lifetime trip to perform at Disneyland Paris.
After sending off an audition tape last year, and perfecting their routine with feedback from the Disney Performing Arts team, the girls have secured their place on the Disney stage on 14 February.
Led by the school’s Second in Performance Faculty, Kayleigh Melluish, the girls have been busy preparing their 20 minute show which will catapult them on to the Disney stage and offer a glimpse into Disney’s world of entertainment.
Kayleigh Melluish, says: “The Disney Performing Arts Programme enables amateur groups from every corner of the world to be a part of the Disney Magic. It is a truly wonderful experience that is coordinated with the highest level of professionalism and organisation. I am extremely proud of the hard work and effort our talented and dedicated students have shown and cannot wait to watch them show the audience what we are capable of at Archbishop Blanch.”
“Each year, hundreds of amateur groups audition to showcase their talents and experience the thrill of the performance of a lifetime, but the casting team at Disney are extremely particular and only accept highly polished and professional pieces. Like me, they love straight lines and lots of smiles!”
Thirty six girls, most of whom are Archbishop Blanch GCSE and A-level Dance and Music students will be performing. Within the 20 minute performance slot, the girls will be performing a mix of Disney and musical theatre songs including Mary Poppin’s ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, a contemporary dance to Jessie J’s flashlight and Zero to Hero from Hercules.
For those in the group who aspire to a career in the performing arts, this performance is an invaluable opportunity to showcase their talent and gain experience on a big stage.
Sarah Reilly, an 18 year old A-level Dance student, says: “It has always been a huge dream of mine to perform in Disneyland Paris and so I am incredibly excited about the trip. It is an amazing opportunity which will stand out on my university applications and CV and hopefully assist me in pursuing a career in Musical Theatre.”
As well as performing on the Cinemagique stage in the Walt Disney Studios Park, the girls will have time to enjoy both theme parks with their complimentary two day park hopper ticket as well as having a sightseeing tour around the capital and enjoying a meal near the Eiffel Tower.
Headteacher Heather Duggan says: “We can’t wait to wave the girls off to Disneyland Paris and hear about their show stopping performance. This trip shows the breadth and dedication of our performing arts department and that the opportunities at Archbishop Blanch extend far beyond the four walls of a classroom. We wish them the best of luck!”
With the final rehearsals now taking place, the girls are eager to show off all their hard work to the Disney crowds!
Parents and the community are invited to see the final rehearsal at the school on Monday 8 February.