Stage twins in new ven­ture

Wilmslow Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - KAREN BRIT­TON karen.brit­ton@men­­ton1 For in­for­ma­tion email or call 07738 164261 or visit

TWIN sis­ters with a back­ground on the stage are re­al­is­ing their dream of open­ing a theatre academy.

Amy and Hannah Good­win lived in Hand­forth for 20 years and went to Wilm­slow High School.

On leav­ing school they went to Laine Theatre Arts school in Lon­don to study mu­si­cal theatre be­fore work­ing in the in­dus­try in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK.

They have just com­pleted a stint as Cin­derella and the Fairy God­mother at the Clon­ter Opera Theatre in Con­gle­ton.

The sis­ters are cur­rently star­ring in the na­tional UK tour of mu­si­cal Some En­chanted Evening.

Amy and Hannah have their own com­pany called You Should Be Danc­ing (YSBD) which does work­shops in dance, singing and drama for chil­dren.

They run Glee clubs in Lon­don and Hannah, who lives in Dis­ley, has run clubs at Wilm­slow Grange and St Bene­dict’s Pri­mary schools. Now they are tak­ing their ven­ture to the next level and open­ing a YSBD academy.

Hannah said: “We’re ex­cited to be open­ing our theatre school.

“Our aim is to en­cour­age chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity, self-es­teem and con­fi­dence while hav­ing lots of fun.

“It’s a highly en­joy­able op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to learn and ex­pand their knowl­edge in this pro­fes­sion, with handy tips to give them that star qual­ity.

“We also like to give chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to per­form in show­cases for par­ents at the end of our work­shops.

“From the­atres to school halls, chil­dren get to per­form in front of an au­di­ence and re­ceive ap­plause for all their hard work.

“Ev­ery child is a star, it’s our job to help them shine.”

The classes are taught by pro­fes­sional per­form­ers who have worked in theatre, TV and film.

The academy’s pa­tron is Rachel Sar­gent who has ap­peared in var­i­ous West End pro­duc­tions.

Hannah said: “Me and my sis­ter have al­ways wanted to bring the West End ex­pe­ri­ence home to share with lo­cal chil­dren in the com­mu­nity.”

The academy will be ev­ery Sun­day at Base Camp, Oak Av­enue, Chea­dle Hulme. There is a free trial on Sun­day, April 26 and the of­fi­cial open­ing is on Sun­day, May 3.

Hannah (left) and Amy Good­win are open­ing a theatre academy

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