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by MICHELLE NORRIS students and some large clients, it’s always very
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One bright star who has found a stepping-stone
E’VE all read the statistics: little ones don’t though is 11-year-old George Sears from Leigh on
dream of being ballerinas and doctors Sea.
these days, they want to be pop stars and Currently starring in Waiting For Godot alongside
footballers. Ian McKellen in the West End, the youngster is living
It’s well reported that in the celebrity culture of the dream, having also starred in The Bill.
today, children have aspirations of living their days “Even when George first started here when he
out in the glare of the media; invariably dreaming of a was four, he was really cool and confident,” enthuses
job that is ‘famous’ rather than rewarding. Sandra, who lives in Westcliff. “He’s also a member
BUDDING performers across the county However, there are youngsters that want to go of the Magic Circle and loves drama and street
are invited to audition for a unique into show business because it’s their passion to dance, so he really is multi-skilled.
Cabaret Show that is touring through perform; they’re actually good at it. And it’s these “I’m so proud of him. I train the children the way I
Essex this season. bright stars that Sandra Singer – a highly successful want them to be trained. And by the time they get
The charitable production, CAB-HOO- agent from Leigh on Sea is interested in. their jobs I feel like I know them really well.”
RAY, is on the look out for performers of Indeed, famed for her ability to weed out the Sandra also boasts students such as Maisie Smith,
any age to take part in their fortnightly wannabes, Sandra has built up a successful stage who plays Tiffany in EastEnders and Dylan
shows that will be coming to Romford, school in the county, The Singer Stage School, which Woodcock, a stunt child who was in The Legend of
Harold Hill, Brentwood and Hornchurch attracts the Fritton’s Gold (St Trinian’s II) and The Running of the
in the upcoming weeks. cream of the Deer with Ross Kemp.
Director and Producer of CAB-HOO- crop. Here, she However, as Sandra explains, not everyone has
RAY, John Dudman, who has been in the shares with In2 the talent or opportunities to make it.
industry for 34 years, said: “We’re a well the hard work “This really is a very hard and competitive
Sandra’s stars: George, seen
established company, which has been on that goes in to profession,” she warns. “So it’s very important to
above, and Maisie, pictured left.
the road a long time now. I’ve been very ‘making it to the develop a few different skills. If you want to be a
blessed with good people with excellent top’. find work.” With so many young singer then there’s no point if you don’t know how
talents, who know how to perform and “The problem actors, singers and dancers fighting to dance.
now we’re looking to branch out. is that children for limited supplies of jobs, Sandra “And if you want to be an actor, you’d better learn
“We’re really looking for anyone with are normally explains how competitive it is to how to sing. If the person’s got potential, then you
talents in dance form,” continues John, hired because find an agent. can work with it.
who lives in Barkingside. “From tap and they have a “To be honest, I had 900 “We’re really lucky here because we’ve got a
ballet to acrobatic dance. Everyone is certain look,” applicants to my school last year and really good drama team. Predominantly we are a
welcome.” explains Sandra, who has been in the business since I only took on four,” admits Sandra, as well as school to train students and the jobs are just the icing
Exact audition dates and locations are 1985. “But it’s such a tough industry to crack into. running the stage school, is also the founder of on the cake.”
yet to be decided, but you can find out “There’s a lot of hard work involved and a lot of Sandra Singer Associates. For more information about Sandra Singer
more information by calling John on 0208 children that come straight from a stage school have “I guess you could say that I’m more of a boutique Associates, or the Singer Stage School in Leigh on
551 6853. really high expectations and struggle a lot if they can’t agency, and because I have such a crossboard of Sea, visit www.sandrasinger.com.
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