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Haverhill performing arts school's debut shows lived up to their name




A Haverhill performing arts school marked its first anniversary by staging its first ever show.

Called 'Showtastic' the Mayes School of Performing Arts show was staged twice - each time to a sell-out audience - at Haverhill Arts Centre on Saturday.

Coming almost one year to the day since the school was launched by Megan and Lee Mayes, it was a variety performance featuring 60 students, aged from eight to 17, full of toe-tapping songs, spectacular dancing and some mesmerising drama from a range of musicals, both old and new.

Colour and energy aplenty was on display when Mayes School of Performing Arts held its first shows. Picture by Andy Mayes
Colour and energy aplenty was on display when Mayes School of Performing Arts held its first shows. Picture by Andy Mayes

Megan and Lee, who both have long-established links to Haverhill's Centre Stage Company, said: "We are extremely proud of all the students who performed in the show.

"It has been amazing to see the children's confidence grow and their ability improve over the past six months.

"They all performed with so much energy and enthusiasm."

One of the routines from Showtastic. Picture by Andy Mayes
One of the routines from Showtastic. Picture by Andy Mayes

The performances, said the couple, have drawn glowing reviews from many parents whose children are students at the school.

One parent said: "Where do I start, well this group has changed my 10 year-old son into a confident talented little dancer and singer.

"After watching him today in his first ever performance singing his heart out and dancing with an enormous amount of passion I cannot put into words how this makes me feel.

Mayes School of Performing Arts students performed their first ever shows in front of a packed auditorium. Picture by Andy Mayes
Mayes School of Performing Arts students performed their first ever shows in front of a packed auditorium. Picture by Andy Mayes

"The last year has been amazing."

Another parent said: "A friendly , inclusive and positive environment built by Mayes helps to encourage and enhance the talents and confidence of the children.

"Their first show was amazing."

Another show stopping routine from Showtastic. Picture by Andy Mayes
Another show stopping routine from Showtastic. Picture by Andy Mayes

More praise was forthcoming from another parent, who said: "Tonight myself and family were totally blown away by the show.

"Seeing passionate, proud, happy children and such professionalism from all of them.

"The courage, confidence and self-worth that our daughter has been gifted is remarkable. Credit to the Mayes."

Since opening, the students have performed at the Haverhill Show, Bury Christmas market and been on a theatre trip.

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