Hard work rewarded

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King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Youngsters from the Long-Sutton based Backstage Academy thrilled a packed audience on Saturday evening.

Performing an original composition by Backstage director Helen Weekley, their dancing and singing was spot on.

The all-girl cast ranged in age from eight to 19-years-old, with 17-year-old Gintare Auglyte stealing the show as Cleopatra, including a brave, spine-tingling encore of love ballad “The End of the World”, after her original effort at the start of the show had been marred by a sound problem.

All the cast shone, but the confidence and ability of 11-year-old Maisie Pratt as Tutankhamen and 10-year-old Kirsty Wattam as Nephthys stood out for me.

But this wasn’t about individuals. It was about a group of dedicated youngsters working hard to put on a great show... and succeeding.

Jeremy Ransome