Youngsters will show Local Children Matter
MORE than 150 youngsters will showcase their talents on stage at the Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday.
Aspiring young singers, dancers and comedians from across North East Lincolnshire have been practising throughout the summer holidays at the Nunsthorpe Together community group, in Sutcliffe Avenue.
Now, with the big day almost upon them, they are putting the finishing touches to their production, entitled Local Children Matter.
Nunsthorpe Together volunteer Kevin Smith, who has helped put the show together, said: "We secured funding from Awards For All to run sessions during the summer holidays to keep the kids occupied and encourage them to do something new.
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"The sessions have been open to all, and anybody who wanted to be part of the show could be. It is not just children from the Nunsthorpe. We have got singers from Cleethorpes, dancers from the Grange, and people from all over North East Lincolnshire.
"The show will give them a chance to show what they have been doing during the summer and what they have achieved."
Ashley Roach, 17, of dance group Urban Elements from the Grange Estate, said: "We heard about this show and we thought it would be something to do.
"I like to do robotic dancing and hip-hop. I'm looking forward to entertaining people."
Chez Thompson, 16, of Nunsthorpe, is in the dance group The Skillettes.
She said: "The Skillettes has been pulled together to get people off the streets. It keeps us together and gives us something to do. I enjoy being able to come out and try something new. I never thought I would be able to dance, but coming here has shown me that I can.
"I performed in the last show we did at the auditorium. It was absolutely amazing and I can't wait for Saturday."
Gemma Currie-Blissett, 27, whose daughters Courtney, 7, and Caydence, 4, will be dancing in the show, said: "I'm not from the estate, I actually live towards the town centre, but there are no community groups like this around there.
"I've been bringing the kids since around Christmas and they come here on a weekly basis. People moan about the Nunsthorpe, but it has got a real sense of community. They don't push me away because I'm not from this area.
"The kids both performed at the auditorium in April. They loved it. It gives them something to look forward to and concentrate on rather than playing on the computer."
Local Children Matter will be staged at the Grimsby Auditorium on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets cost £3 and can be booked by calling Nunsthorpe Together on 01472 587001 or the Grimsby Auditorium on 01472 311300.