Issy Off Down The Yellow Brick Road

DSC_0040-001Today our lovely Isabelle Sykes departs for the south as she takes up her place at the University of Chichester to begin her BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre. She received an unconditional offer to study there so the pressure was off for her A Level results, a welcome thought!

To secure her place she had to audition, which consisted of a few stretching exercises then learning a dance to ‘One’ from A Chorus Line. We had to showcase this in smaller groups performing as much and as well as we could.

For the singing they had to wait in a back room for a while and they called the auditionees out one at a time.

I had to sing two songs, one being Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man from Showboat and the other was Maybe This Time from Cabaret.

The final round was acting and improv, so the young hopefuls had to improvise an orchestral scene – quite a difficult challenge with people who have only known each other two hours, but they got there in the end!

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The next generation – descendants of the teaching staff!

I’m most looking forward to being able to do what I enjoy every day and all day, being able to focus more on my singing and improve my range! I’d love to be on stage in a musical and being able to pursue a career in musical theatre. I’d love to be in 42nd Street due to the tap numbers on that show!

Isabelle has played the title role in Annie at Sheffield’s City Hall, performed in numerous pantomimes at Sheffield Lyceum and has carried out voice acting work for BBC Radio 4’s Shed Town and On It, a play which won a Sony award. In 2014 she received the school’s 30/30 Award for her attitude and commitment, which includes her role as a class helper with our youngest pupils.

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Issy (left) in action in our production

We wish her all the best, and look forward to finding out how she gets on.

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Blame it on the Boogie!

You can imagine our delight on Saturday night as we watched our very own former pupil, Devon McKenzie-Smith, breeze onto the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1!

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Dev looking fantastic on the far left

Devon appeared to promote the West End’s latest fabulous production, Motown: The Musical, written by legendary Motown record producer and songwriter, Berry Gordy.

Performing as 1/5 of one of the most famous and popular Motown acts ever, the Jackson 5, we were thrilled to see Dev donning an afro and flares – it took us back to our own great 70s show numbers!

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Keep your eyes peeled for Devon and the cast of Motown: The Musical on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

To watch Devon in action, take a look at Motown: The Musical‘s segment on the show on Saturday. Dev makes his appearance at 12:00.

Performing In A Panto Near You

We’re looking forward to kicking off pantomime season tonight! Our pupils are performing in various pantos across South Yorkshire over the Christmas period to over 100,000 people.

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Commencing this evening is Sheffield Theatres/Evolution Pantomimes’ production of Aladdin at the Sheffield Lyceum. Split across three separate teams are: Eva Cadet, Maddie Dunn, Maisie Ganley, Lucy Holcroft, Eleanor Jackson, Megan Moore, Megan Thorpe, Renée Warren and Aliyah Xaba.

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Tomorrow morning will see our Berry Babes off to the ball in Cinderella, Shone Productions’ pantomime at Rotherham Civic Theatre. Performing as a 100% Berry team will be: Abigail Bridger, Megan Bridger, Grace Mitchell, Leila Steer, Lilli Walker, Evie Wright and Laylah Xaba.

After Christmas we shall also see our boys Jack Skelton and Ewan Revill performing in Manor Operatic Society’s production of Cinderella at Sheffield’s City Hall.Cinderella-MAIN_IMAGE

Break a leg to all pupils performing, you’ll be fantastic – oh yes you will! 

Hollie Glossop

2014 11 HollieI started dancing at Sharon Berry School from the age of two. During my 16 years there, I made some truly amazing memories. The people I met there are friends for life, we used to have so much fun in class!

When I got older, I was able to help on Saturday mornings with the younger pupils. I used to love pretending to be fairies and butterflies with the baby class!

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Pennies From Heaven – Hollie Bottom Right

Competitions were the best part of the year, and Doncaster Civic was my favourite. I used to love getting up so early and having to put full show hair and makeup on. (And I was normally allowed a McDonald’s breakfast on the way – bonus!)

When I was 18 I moved down to Essex to study at Performers College for my National Diploma. I enjoyed three great years there and met some lovely people. During my time at college I was lucky enough to have some amazing opportunities like dancing at the FA Cup Opening Ceremony at Wembley Stadium and performing in a tribute to the tiller girls at the London Palladium.

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Showgirl!

Since graduating in 2014, I am now part of a showgirl company called Showgirl Entertainments with whom I have performed in different venues all over the UK. In September 2014, I also worked in Scotland with Circus Vegas as a showgirl. I then went on to perform in Dick Whittington pantomime in Birdwell as part of the ensemble over Christmas 2014.

I am currently soaking up the sun in Malta, working as Dance Captain in a hotel show team.

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Hollie (R) in costume in Malta

Dance Models

We were thrilled to see four of our pupils appearing in Images Dance Costumes new catalogue for 2015! Abigail Bridger, 7, Maisie Ganley, 11, Rebecca Hanneman, 16, and Jack Skelton, 14 all attended a photoshoot with the dance costume company showing that not only can they dance and perform, but they also have modelling chops! Well done to all of you.

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