Youngsters on stairway to the stars

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The talented youngsters of Creative Stage once again brought sparkle and panache to Selkirk’s Victoria Halls on Sunday with their summer show, Stairway to the Stars.

The production was a reworking of a play by David Pemberton, which itself is a adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

Illustrating the hollow, shallow world of the TV talent show, the play centres around two warring families, but unlike Shakespeare’s tragic lovers, it all ends happily when rivalry and jealousy are overcome by reason and reconciliation.

Creative Stage directors, Marie McCullough and Katie Robinson, altered the script and added music and dance numbers to produce a joyful, pacey and compelling show.

Their ingenuity resulted in the involvement of every young performer from age two to 15 years.

The Scholars Group played the principal roles, and chorus numbers (cleverly woven into the story) were performed by all of the younger groups.

The result was a highly entertaining piece of theatre to dazzle the eye and raise the spirits.

An audience member was heard to remark that it was nothing short of a miracle that Marie and Katie managed to achieve such a high standard of performance skills from the youngsters in just six weeks from page to stage.

There is no miracle, just sheer hard work, dedication, skill and meticulous planning.

Marie and Katie run classes in Melrose, Galashiels, Lauder, Jedburgh and in Selkirk at their new dance studio at Dunsdale Road, where they also run adult classes.

Productions such as Stairway to the Stars will, no doubt, inspire and attract a steady stream of new students through the Creative Stage doors as their reputation for professionalism and quality grows.

Creative Stage has been quickly established as the Borders’ premier school for performing arts, and it is clearly evident that the youngsters are constantly gaining confidence and stagecraft proficiency as they receive expert coaching and wholehearted encouragement from professional dancers/choreographers, Marie and Katie.

The decision to base Creative Stage in Selkirk is most welcome and adds to the town’s growing status as the artistic hub of the Borders.