Stars of Billy Elliott and Newcastle College shine bright in charity talent Show

Posted On 6th March 2013 By Susan Ambrosi

A brand new talent show like no other comes to Newcastle College on Thursday 21 March. The spectacular night will showcase the finest talent Newcastle College has to offer, along with some of the former cast from the West End musical Billy Elliott, all in aid of a charity which is close to the hearts of the performers, The Charlotte Leatherbarrow Foundation.

The show, entitled ‘Scouting for Talent’, will put the spotlight on the budding young singers, dancers, actors, bands and entertainers from the college’s Performance Academy, which has nurtured talents like Ant & Dec, Joe McElderry and Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards.

The students will perform in categories, with the ultimate goal of winning top show prize. Scouting for Talent will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 21 March in the Peter Sarah Theatre, Newcastle College’s Rye Hill campus.

Two of the original Billy Elliott cast members – Brooke Havana Bailey and Lucy Stephenson – will perform in the show. Brooke is studying a BTEC Extended Diploma and Lucy is studying a Foundation Degree both in Musical Theatre at Newcastle College.

Charlotte Leatherbarrow was a young Billy Elliott dancer who was tragically killed last year in a road traffic accident in London, on her way to her ballet class. In her honour, Charlotte’s father set up the charity, which now helps young disadvantaged people realise their performing talents.

Sandra Chapman, Lecturer in Events Management at Newcastle College, said ‘’This is an amazing opportunity to see the up and coming talent in the college, which is well known for nurturing some well known faces and voices within the entertainment industry. The audience will also have the opportunity to watch some of the former cast from Billy Elliott – and its all for a cause that is dear to our hearts‘’.

Guest judges from the industry will be in attendance and the audience can also participate in a raffle with a range of prizes donated from well known companies.

Scouting for Talent has been organised by the Performance Academy’s own student event management team, Epic Events. Epic’s marketing manager, Katie Doyle, said “This event will be a great evening of entertainment, as well helping to continue Charlotte’s legacy through the charity, which supports and gives opportunities to young performers”.

Tickets for this unmissable Show are on sale at £5 from the Performance Academy’s Box Office on 0191 226 7510 or email craig.hissett@ncl-coll.ac.uk Tickets can be pre-paid and collected on the evening or purchased on the night.

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