Wellingborough junior performers set to tread boards in London limelight

A group of budding stage stars from a Wellingborough performing arts school are set to light up the stage at a top London theatre.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 5:10 pm
Pupils who are preparing to perform in London's West End.

A group of 33 students at Lucie Downer Performing Arts (LDPA) are heading to London to tread the boards at Her Majesty's Theatre next weekend to perform two musical numbers.

No stranger to the London stage, Lucie Downer had a ten-year career in the West End, performed in the original cast of Shrek the Musical, Grease the Musical and Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

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Lucie Downer in her new studio

She said: "The children are so excited. It’s always something I dreamt of doing when I was a child. Back then, your home address had to be within a certain distance of London and mine

was just out.

"I’m so glad I can give my students a snippet of what it feels like to perform in a show in the West End."

Lucie, 31, set up LDPA in 2016 using the Castle Theatre as her base but last week moved into her new teaching complex in Saxon Court off Bradfield Close in Wellingborough.

Front row seat.

The former student of Bishop Stopford School, Kettering balances teaching the 130 pupils who attend her classes and being a mother to two-year-old Darcie and Freddie aged one.

She added: "After three years, I have set up my own studios in Wellingborough with two large studios and a ‘Show and Tell’ theatre for the students.

"I want to carry on my dream by giving children of Northamptonshire the knowledge and skills to perform and grow through performing."

Lucie starred in Beauty and the Beast at Kettering Lighthouse Theatre in 2016.
The stage door of her new Wellingborough studios