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The Peele Community College in Long Sutton welcomed 42 Young Americans for special workshops during the last week of half term.

The touring group from the USA worked on Tuesday and Wednesday with 124 of the Peele students and 39 students from Westmere Primary School in Sutton Bridge.

Young Americans theatre group at Peele College, Long Sutton. 'Performers and students rehearse dozens of routines from films/musicals/shows.

Young Americans theatre group at Peele College, Long Sutton. 'Performers and students rehearse dozens of routines from films/musicals/shows.

All worked together to produce a fantastic show for their families on Thursday.

Year 9 student Lily Thompson said “I took part in the show as I love performing, I have enjoyed writing songs, singing and dancing.

“It has been brilliant for me and I am feeling so confident. I love the Young Americans and I will never forget this experience.”

And Year 10 students Leanne Kerry, Eleanor Lenton and Georgia Forrest Bowers said they felt energised and enjoyed learning new dance routines, the atmosphere and the encouragement from the Young Americans.

Year 9 student Gypsy-Raine Robinson added: “I had an amazing time.”

Year 7 student Sam Foxall said he was encouraged to take part by his teachers. He enjoyed the singing and dancing.

n The Young Americans is a non-profit performing arts and educational company.

Founded in 1962, it created the very popular “glee” and “show-choir” concepts in the early 60s. Last year alone, the group staged over 325 performances and music workshops in 11 countries.