We would like to say thank you to Swalecliffe Community Hall and The John Graham Centre for holding a wonderful performance of Grease on November 11th.
The show, attended by around 100 members of the community saw the culmination of a year’s hard work from JGC’s learning disability drama group and their support workers.
The event was supported by the Trust along with a Canterbury Council Rural Members Panel grant. The show received volunteer support from The University for the Creative Arts to create the car for the performance.
The charity raffle & tombola was supported by Johnsons Garden Centre, Lenley’s, Lazer Rush, Tesco Extra- Whitstable, Creekside Boxing, Shepherd Neame, Waitrose- Canterbury & Sainsbury’s Local- Canterbury and raised £196 towards the Go Ability Winter Appeal! Thanks go out to everyone who supported the event by helping out with the stalls and purchasing tickets.
The show began with a line dancing performance plus a few favourite singalongs from students to warm up a very supportive audience. Following a sign-language performance from JGC staff, the main event saw a cast of over 20 students, volunteers and staff sing and dance to hits including: Greased Lightnin’, Summer Nights & Beauty School Dropout.
‘I am very proud of everyone for taking part. It was great to see a full house of supportive family and friends there to cheer the group on. The group had been practising all year for this, and though some students have more experience than others, everyone has developed in their confidence and abilities with these weekly sessions. For most, this was their first time performing on a stage in front of an audience and therefore a huge achievement – I can think of one lady in particular that has come a long way over the year, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next!’ – Janet, Director
‘Wow Wow and Wow!! What a fantastic performance, such an awesome effort by all the students who seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves almost as much as we enjoyed watching them strut their stuff. Their Awesome effort was matched (and then some) by the work of everyone back stage, especially Janet and Chris. The Students are very lucky to have such devoted people to support them to follow their artistic dreams. Bravo Everyone!!!’ – Julie, Supporter
‘What a brilliant afternoon. The turnout was really good.’ – Anne, Trustee
‘My wife and I both thought the event was very enjoyable, helped by the very enthusiastic performers, organisers and audience. Where next, West End?’ – Nick, Trustee
‘Great show!’ – Jackie, Parent | ‘Two thumbs up!’ – James, Student
‘I had a lot of fun, I enjoyed performing “summer nights” the most, well done to everyone who was in it, I felt proud to be part of it’ – Victoria, Student
‘Well done all involved in the performance, we enjoyed it. Look forward to the next one!’ – Mavelyn, Supporter
The Drama group are currently in the process of deciding what they would like to perform next year, plus how to make their 2019 finale even better than the last – look out for an update in January!
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