West End performer Sia Kiwa led workshops

Some of the students with West End performer Sia Kiwa (centre)

Some of the students with West End performer Sia Kiwa (centre)

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West End performer Sia Kiwa led workshops in Douglas last week for Theatrix Theatre Company.

Sia treated the workshops – held on Thursday, which 16 children attended, and on Friday that 15 young people attended – like a professional rehearsal and took the students through a rigorous warm up before going on to teach them ‘Nicest Kids in Town’ from Hairspray and ‘What a Feeling’ from Flashdance, both musicals.

‘The students all rose to the challenge, and both groups managed to complete the dance numbers by the end of the day. Neither workshop was dumbed down, and every participant was expected to perform to a West End standard,’ said Susannah Hodgson, of Theatrix Theatre Company.

‘All children came away knowing that they had reached an extremely high standard, which they will now incorporate in all their theatre disciplines.’

Sia has returned to the UK to take up a new role in ‘The Book of Mormon’ at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

However, Theatrix will be looking to book a further workshop with Sia and welcome any requests for favourite shows. Theatrix workshops are open to students from all schools completely free of charge as part of its commitment to arts in the Manx community.

Gypsie Hooper, one of the youngest performers at age six, described the Hairspray workshop as ‘awesome’, while Beth Brown, aged 15, said the day had been ‘a great experience and a lot of fun, Sia’s a great teacher’.

Theatrix teaches students, from the age three to adult, ballet, tap, jazz, Irish and holds Saturday Musical Theatre Club (45 minutes each of dance, drama and singing). Theatrix is now enrolling students for the spring term. For more information call 431380 or email theatrix@manx.net

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