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A star is born

24 November 2023

Pupil James from Bridgeway School recently starred as Jeremy in the ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ production at Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Company.

James attended sessions and dedicated his evenings and even weekends to rehearsals, where he found learning his lines an easy process. At school, his therapy sessions continued to develop his confidence, and he recognised that this support gave him the skills to navigate this experience.

Aisling Palmer, Music Therapist, commented:

“I thought that James was an absolute natural on stage. I was very impressed with his acting, dancing, and singing skills, and he appeared totally at ease whilst performing. I was absolutely captivated by his performance. I really look forward to watching him in future productions, as he is going to be a star! Congratulations James, what a huge achievement.”

James’ parents, Jennifer and Anthony, proudly observed:

“We were amazed at how far James has come. It was amazing to watch him on stage, and we couldn’t be prouder of him. He was a true star and lights up when he gets on the stage!”

This performance isn’t his first soiree; he took on the role of Zacharias Wrench in ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ at Blackburn Empire Theatre, and if all this wasn’t impressive enough, he auditioned for a part in Les Mis recently and was successful in gaining a part, taking on a different experience on stage.

He will also appear on posters and social media platforms as the new face of Lancashire and South Cumbria’s Mental Health and Well-Being NHS campaign.

A star is certainly born. Watch out, Hollywood!

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