A PACKED house watched young people showcase their talents in Steyning.
Hard-hitting drama, imaginative dance numbers and songs from both musicals and the charts were included in a full-scale show by Ariel’s Steyning Drama Academy.
The academy, which is based at Steyning Grammar School on Saturday mornings, has gone from strength to strength and there was not a seat spare for the annual showcase.
Numbers have grown from just a handful of students to 98 young actors, aged between five and 19.
Principal Marisha Jenkins said: “I am so proud of what the students have achieved, their progress has been remarkable and it is great to see their skills developing and to be able to track their improvement.
“Everyone worked so hard towards the showcase and it was great to fill the auditorium. We have had such lovely feedback from parents.
“For our next showcase, we are planning to move to the Capitol Theatre in Horsham, as we now need more room!”
Highlights included students performing challenging monologues they had learned for their recent London Academy of Dramatic Art exams.
There was a complex and poignant drama piece called Mobile, performed by the older actors, which portrayed them communicating on mobile phones in the lead up to the 1999 Paddington train crash.
Other highlights included a World War One drama tribute and younger pupils singing their heart out to numbers from Frozen and Matilda, as well as recreating the atmospheric witches scene from Macbeth.
For a free trial at Ariel’s Steyning Academy, visit www.arielct.co.uk or call 01444 250407.