Kerry Ellis, star of the West End and Broadway, has teamed up with 1,000 West End Stage students including, 15 year old Robyn-Mae, for a special charity fundraising recording of A Million Dreams from the hit film, The Greatest Showman, in aid of NSPCC’s Childline.
Robyn-Mae Lawler pictured above at West End Stage
Robyn-Mae who attends Ballakermeen High School was excited to take part in the recording in August whilst attending West End Stage summer school in the heart of London. She said:
I would like to thank the IOM Arts Council who helped fund this amazing opportunity. Meeting Kerry Ellis and record a song for charity was such a great experience. I attended Masterclasses with West End stars and learnt so much.
Robyn-Mae is currently a student at Ballakermeen High School.
Since returning from the Summer School Robyn-Mae has performed as a principal in Centre Stage Productions musical BACK TO THE 80’s and will take the lead of UGLY in Ballakermeen’s school musical HONK which opens on the 20th of November.
All proceeds will go to the NSPCC’s Childline service (0800 1111), which is there to give young people a voice when no one else is listening. Whatever problems or dangers they are facing, Childline is a place for them to turn for support – any time of day or night.
West End Stage launched in 2006 in a bid to become the UK’s leading theatre summer school by igniting a global passion for theatre. Throughout the week-long course, students take part in drama, singing and dance classes led by West End stars, and then make their own West End debut in a showcase at Her Majesty’s Theatre. This year’s students, who all took part in the recording, ranged from just 8 years old through to 21, with 26% of them attending from outside the UK, from 52 different countries as far away as Australia, Cambodia and Indonesia.
Kerry Ellis, who is the Patron of West End Stage, has played many lead roles in the West End and on Broadway including We Will Rock You, Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Cats and Rent.
Mark Puddle, Chief Executive of West End Stage, said:
This summer marks our 10,000th West End Stage student, and we wanted to do something fitting to celebrate that. The charity recording was an opportunity to channel 1,000 young voices to raise funds and awareness for Childline, hopefully inspiring and empowering others. Childline's services help the same age group of students that attend West End Stage, and at our summer schools we encourage an inclusive atmosphere where everyone can be themselves, be supported, and where no one is alone.
The track is now available to download on iTunes.
The official video for the track can be seen on YouTube.
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