And Sew To Dance by jennyyingdi


									20 Born To Perform                                                                                                                                                                             In2

                                             There’s no business like show business
                                             by MICHELLE NORRIS                                                                                                    students and some large clients, it’s always very
                                                                                                                               varied. You never know who’s going to call!”
                                                                                                                                                                      One bright star who has found a stepping-stone

Cabaret W
                                                         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

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