Award Winning Anna Fiorentini Hackney Empire Gala Performance
Award Winning Anna Fiorentini school will be performing at the Hackney Empire in their Gala Performance on Saturday 15th September 7pm.
The Hackney and Docklands branches of the award winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School have their 17th Anniversary Gala Variety Performance at the Hackney Empire on Saturday 15th September 7pm.
With over 1200 audience members expected the show is always a sell out. Audience members will include casting directors, film and TV producers as well as local councillors and MPs.
Over 160 students aged 7- 18 will perform a variety of numbers from West End productions including Hamilton, Chicago, Dream Girls and the Greatest Showman.
Several of the student performers are already working professionally in the industry including Jaden Oshenye who recently played Fletcher in the West End’s The Body Guard and Orla Hill starred in the feature films Swallows and Amazons and Song for Marion.
To end Act 1, 18 adults who have mostly never danced before, will perform a Grease Lip Sync Medley as part of a sponsored event to raise money for the Fiorentini Foundation, allowing less privileged children to access the performing arts for increased confidence and self-esteem.
The Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School was established in 2001 as a Prince’s Trust Business to enable 4 to 18-year-olds to access professional performing arts training regardless of financial background. It has since won 3 Business of London awards and in 2012 Anna Fiorentini won the Inspirational Leader/Business Person award for The Camden and Islington Business Awards. Via the Fiorentini Agency students have gone on to land leading roles in film, TV and on stage, including Belinda Owusu, (Libby Fox in EastEnders) Orla Hill (Song for Marion and Swallows & Amazons), Tahj Miles (Simba in the West End's The Lion King, Nipper in Oliver! and CBBC's Class Dismissed) and Jermain Jackman, who won The Voice UK 2014 shortly after winning Fiorentini's Got Talent. The school now has branches across Greenwich, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Camden.
Founder and principal Anna Fiorentini says “drama school gave me the confidence and self-belief to start my own business and grow it to this level. Access to the arts should be available to everyone, irrespective of their background or circumstance and that is why the work of the school is so important to me, creating the opportunity for children to get the same benefits as I did even if their parents do not have the means to send them along.”
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By Lynn Beaumont