Danc­ing Dook­ers in sum­mer show

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LAST WEEK, London’s daz­zling West End came to Tar­bert when some of its youngsters took part in Danc­ing Dook­ers’ Sum­mer School.

Over four days, they had the chance to learn songs, dance rou­tines and scripts from fa­mous mu­si­cals such as Matilda, Sin­gin’ in the Rain and Mary Pop­pins, be­fore putting on a show to re­mem­ber.

The classes were led by Rachael MacFar­lane, a for­mer pupil of Tar­bert Academy who now lives and works in London, teach­ing and per­form­ing after train­ing in mu­si­cal theatre at CTA Per­form­ing Arts London drama school. She was as­sisted by Grace Gra­ham, who is cur­rently train­ing in mu­si­cal theatre at Salem State Uni­ver­sity in Mas­sachusetts.

Rachael com­mented: ‘When chore­ograph­ing my rou­tines and plan­ning the classes, I wor­ried that per­haps I’d been a lit­tle am­bi­tious with the amount of ma­te­rial I had pre­pared for them but they all took to it so well and per­formed bril­liantly in their show.

‘I was beyond im­pressed that they had pulled it off with such lit­tle re­hearsal time, true pro­fes­sion­als who most cer­tainly acted and looked the part.’

She added: ‘I am so pleased with all the pos­i­tive feed­back I have re­ceived and I’m just so glad they all en­joyed it and got so much out of it.

‘My main aim is to help build con­fi­dence and give them new ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties so I hope I man­aged to achieve that. I’m look­ing for­ward to plan­ning the next classes so keep a look out for them on Face­book. New­com­ers are all wel­come too.’

Grace Gra­ham, left and Rachael MacFar­lane, right, with the Danc­ing Dook­ers.

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