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Youngsters from Theatretrain Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury perform at The Apex in two Easter Sunday shows





While most children were enjoying their Easter eggs on Sunday, more than 130 youngsters took to the Bury St Edmunds stage to showcase their artistic talents.

The children – all members of Theatretrain groups in Bury and Sudbury – staged two performances of We Got The Beat, featuring musical theatre, dance, drama and singing, at The Apex

Separated into age groups – tinies and minis aged three to five; six to nines; 10 to 12s and 13 to 18s – the young performers were involved in full company numbers and smaller group dances, songs and sketches.

Song and dance numbers were a highlight of the Theatretrain Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury production. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Song and dance numbers were a highlight of the Theatretrain Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury production. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Group numbers were a highlight. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Group numbers were a highlight. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Teenagers from the 13-18s group perform a high-energy dance to Ballroom Blitz. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Teenagers from the 13-18s group perform a high-energy dance to Ballroom Blitz. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures

Emma Pryke, company director, praised the ‘fabulous’ shows and said she was ‘immensely proud’ of all the performers.

Julie Withey, Sudbury company manager, said: “Well done to all the performers, the ever-committed staff that push each child each week to achieve all they can and students’ weekly commitment and joy.

“Every week it is a joy to see all the smiling, excited and committed children ready to work hard and have fun doing something they love and enjoy.”

Theatretrain Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury youngsters performed We Got The Beat at The Apex on Easter Sunday. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Theatretrain Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury youngsters performed We Got The Beat at The Apex on Easter Sunday. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Striking a pose on stage. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Striking a pose on stage. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Youngsters on stage with Theatretrain company director Emma Pryke ahead of the finale number 'Gold Forever'. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Youngsters on stage with Theatretrain company director Emma Pryke ahead of the finale number 'Gold Forever'. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures

Highlights of the production included a rousing Steps Medley which opened act two; a witty take on Chicago’s Cell Block Tango, which became the Spell Block Tango performed by a series of Disney villains; the School Song, from Matilda the musical; and a very pink Barbie Boot Camp.

The Flying to Ibiza medley and Heigh Ho! were a riot of colour and energy, countered by poignant moments such as the tender dance routine Secret Love Song part two.

Meanwhile the youngest children, who performed only in the matinée show, melted hearts during their dances I am a Gummy Bear and Under the Sea.

With colourful costumes and polished performances, We Got The Beat was an Easter treat better than any confectionery

The Spell Block Tango was one of the highlights at Theatreain's annual showcase at The Apex, on Sunday. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
The Spell Block Tango was one of the highlights at Theatreain's annual showcase at The Apex, on Sunday. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Theatretrain Bury and Sudbury youngsters were on stage at The Apex. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Theatretrain Bury and Sudbury youngsters were on stage at The Apex. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Heigh Ho! was a riot of cololur and energy Pictures by Sarah at Countless Captures. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures
Heigh Ho! was a riot of cololur and energy Pictures by Sarah at Countless Captures. Picture: Sarah at Countless Captures

Theatretrain is a performing arts school aimed at children up to 18, teaching dancing, singing and acting.