CHILDREN from a musical theater school in Oldham shone in a week of live performances.
Amelia Faye’s musical theater students took the stage at Shaw’s Playhouse Theater 2 for four performances of a show called A Trip to the Musicals.
The show, performed by children aged 4 to 12 from the school’s three bands, took place on Friday May 6, Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8 and featured songs from a range of musicals , including Rock of Ages, Annie and Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
One of the show’s songs was also performed in sign language.
The school’s founder and head teacher, Amelia Faye, from Shaw, has been singing and dancing since the age of three and trained at Judith Barker’s Dance Academy at Saddleworth Drama Center and later at Pendleton Sixth Form College, specializing in the performing arts.
At the age of eight, she joined the dance choir in pantomimes at the Oldham Coliseum and performed in Christmas pageants until she was 16.
Amelia then started performing in local amateur shows before starting her dance school at 19.
Now 27, Amelia has run the school for nine years and has seen student numbers grow from a group of six to 95.
Discussing her decision to start a school, she said: “I love musical theater and I love teaching kids everything I know and seeing their confidence grow.
“For me, it’s not about who is the best. If a child is confident enough and wants to try singing and dancing, they can. It’s about having fun, not just getting every step right.
She added: “My grandmother who sadly passed away last year had a huge influence on why I do who I am today. From a very young age, she took me to all theaters to watch all types of shows and my love for musical theater started to grow.
“I always promised my grandmother that I would play Joseph for her, but unfortunately due to Covid I couldn’t. This year has been my year to play Joseph and do it right by praising the amazing Joseph coat. I know she will be super proud.
Amelia passed on her love of theater to her five-year-old daughter Summer who starred in one of the shows.
“Seeing my baby girl on the show was really cool. It made my eyes cry,” Amelia said.
Amelia Faye’s Musical Theater holds lessons several times a week for children four to ten years old and children 11 years and older at the Dobcross Band Club in Dobcross and Holy Trinity Church Hall in Shaw.
For more information, visit the Amelia Faye Musical Theater Facebook page.