The charity show was due to take place in March 2023 but a fire in the neighbouring building meant that Loughborough Town Hall had to close for a few weeks cancelling many shows at this great venue. Everyone at KSTD was devastated, unsure at the time if all the hard work would be wasted.
However, on 1st and 2nd July 2023 the Revue show finally went ahead at Loughborough Town Hall and was a huge success.
The show explored many fictitious news reports with pirates capturing fishermen, a storm destroying wildlife and gardens and including many other features of a newspaper with horoscopes, dear diary, cars and jewellery for sale, sport, gardening, cinema, and theatre reviews all depicted via all aspects of performing arts, with fantastic costumes, lighting effects, choreography and narrative via videography.
The feedback from the show has been outstanding with many members inspired to take up new genres and enquiries from new pupils to Keyworth School of Theatre Dance. Owner of KSTD, Ann Marchant said: “KSTD has done it again! We knew we had to do everything possible to allow the pupils to perform something they had all worked so hard on. Seeing them all happy and performing so brilliantly and confidently on stage is what makes it all worthwhile.”
Kirsty Callender, Ann’s daughter and manager of KSTD and producer of REVUE said: “We were all ridiculously proud of all the KSTD pupils for their amazing performances”.
She went on to say: “Putting on a show of this size requires a huge team effort, not only in planning and preparing the show but the actual weekend itself.
“It is evident from our shows the strong connection everyone has and the family feel to the school, which transfers to the stage. You can see how supportive the dancers are with each other. These connections are so important off and on stage. KSTD is a true team with shared passion and commitment.”
Kirsty, Ann and the teaching team plan to continue to focus on the IDTA examinations in this academic year and consider the next performance opportunities they can organise for their pupils.
KSTD will be celebrating 50 years anniversary in 2026. Kirsty said: “That will take some organising but for now we are enjoying the photographs (Michelle McCoy Photography) and the video (Dance Show Filming) of the REVUE show seeing that the hard work of the KSTD team was a huge success.”
If you would like to find out more about KSTD based in Keyworth and Tollerton visit: www.keyworthschooloftheatredance.co.uk