Old Time Music Hall with some extra youthful energy

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FINAL preparations are being made for Harrogate St Andrew’s Players’ Old Time Music Hall show which takes place at the Royal Hall this weekend.

The cast are hard at work putting the final touches to songs such as After the Ball, We’ll Meet Again and Let’s All Go Down the Strand.

It promises to be a special night of song and dance for all involved, especially as during rehearsals the cast have been in the safe hands of local dance teacher Amy Clifford.

Amy, who runs the Knaresborough-based Freedom Performing Arts School, has been associated with HSAP for over ten years.

She said: “I first joined HSAP in 2000 for their production of Showstoppers! I was a member of the ensemble and had the time of my life. I still remember the dances to this day! I stayed at St Andrews for five years performing in ten shows with them including Oklahoma, Me and My Girl and Crazy for You.”

While studying Professional Musical Theatre at SLP College in Leeds, Amy continued to work with HSAP in a backstage role and on the Committee. During this time Amy also experienced the joys of Music Hall first hand.

“I was cast as one of Barney’s Boys and Girls in The Good Old Days at the world famous City Varieties in Leeds. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and regularly performed some of the songs that feature in Music Hall, including Let’s All Go Down The Strand, Bull And Bush and Lambeth Walk to name but a few” she said.

Since returning to Knaresborough to open her school, that specialises in Street Dance and Musical Theatre for children aged 4-18, in January 2010 it has gone from strength to strength.

It now boasts an ever growing class of students, with over 220 now attending the classes.

l Harrogate St Andrews Players’ Old Time Music Hall takes place tomorrow night at 7.30pm at the Royal Hall.

l Tickets priced £10 each are available from the Harrogate Theatre box office (01423 502116) or on the door.