star to lead singing and theatre workshop in Highbridge
actor and West End stage star John Partridge will be coming to
Highbridge next month to lead a singing and musical theatre workshop
for juniors and adults.
The event, on Saturday 23rd May at Churchfield School in Highbridge,
is being held in aid of The Alzheimer's Society.
It will be aimed at all aspiring singers and performers who want
to improve their singing and performance skills.
As well as being a West End star of 'Starlight Express,' 'Rent,'
'Grease' and 'Miss Saigon', John is best known for playing the
part of Christian Clarke (Jane's brother) in EastEnders,
which he joined in 2008.
John says he is thrilled to be coming to the Burnham-On-Sea area
after being invited by 'The Siobhan Johnson Singers'. Her choirs
are 'The Burnham Youth Choir' and 'Burnham on Song.'
"All my private singers and choirs have performed exceptionally
well this year, especially at the Highbridge Festival with all
my 70 plus singers all coming away with a medal, to which I am
rewarding them with this elite and one off treat!," she explained.
"John is also inviting as many local singers/performers
who enjoy singing and performing, and happy to support the charity,
to join him at his workshop."
added: "So much more can be learnt from a performer like
John in a couple of hours rather than studying from a text book
"He will be teaching all aspects of performance singing
and how to improve overall performance skills such as stage presence,
projection and movement. Also, it's not every day that a massively
high profile celebrity like John comes down to a small town like
ours to teach."
There will be two workshops at the Highbridge event - one for
juniors (9-18yrs) and another for adults (18yrs+). "If you
enjoy singing and performing either as an individual or in groups/choirs
and would like to be part of John's workshop then please contact
the number below for more information, and to reserve your place
as spaces are limited and filling up fast!" added Siobhan.
John has worked extensively as a singer and dancer in musical
theatre and is best known as the 'Rum Tum Tugger' in Andrew LLoyd
Webber's musical 'Cats' to which he toured all over Europe and
ended up as playing the role in the official DVD film of 'Cats.'
In addition to this role he also played the main roles of 'Mr.
Mistoffelees,' 'Alonzo,' 'Munkustrap' and 'The Rumpus Cat.'
He started out at the Royal Ballet School and went onto train
at the Bush Davies School of Performing Arts School, followed
by the Doreen Bird School of Performing Arts. After EastEnders
in 2010 John, together with Sheila Hancock and Charlotte Church,
was one of the judges for the new 'Andrew LLoyd Webbers' TV show
'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.
In 2014 he appeared as himself on the BBC's show 'Tumble,' and
has more recently appeared in 2014 and 2015 episodes of EastEnders
for the funeral of 'Lucy Beale' as well celebrating their recent
live 30th birthday episode. John is an active and strong supporter
of the Alzheimer's Society and in 2013 helped launch the Memory
Walks in aid of his mother.
Contact Siobhan on 01278 751115 or 07855 642 641 (please leave
a message) to reserve a place.