As part of our special partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome, a limited number of siblings supported at Acorns were invited to take part in ‘The Musical Theatre Summer School’.
Ana and Mohammed, who access Acorns Sibling Support, took part in the week long workshop featuring activities inspired by the musical Annie and working with theatre professionals.
Sarah Childs, Sibling Worker at Acorns, said: “This was an excellent opportunity from the Hippodrome and both Ana and Mohammed thoroughly enjoyed their time at the theatre school. It was lovely to see how their confidence grew with each day and their enthusiasm was wonderful to see, I am so proud of them both.”
At the end of the week they took part in a performance of songs and memorable scenes from Annie for friends and family, showcasing their acting, singing and dancing skills. Both Ana and Mohammed had lines to say and loved performing.
Sarah added: “They gained amazing skills over the week that were highlighted in the end performance which was fantastic to see, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I’d like to say a massive thank you to the Hippodrome for their support over the years, this week was a really special experience and we are truly grateful for all the opportunities they’ve provided for children and families at Acorns.”
This theatre experience is the latest in a series of fantastic experiences that our partnership with the Hippodrome has created for families, following on from the success of special performances of Joseph and his Technicolour Dream Coat, the pantomime Peter Pan and pioneering work to help improve accessibility at the venue.
When asked what they enjoyed most about the week Ana said dancing and singing ‘It’s a hard knock life’ and Mohammed’s favourite part of the week was getting to say his lines in front of a live audience. How would they describe the experience in one word? Ana’s was ‘fantastic’ and Mohammed said it was ‘joyful’.
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