Places available now for Morecambe summer theatre school

An acclaimed summer school, which for more than 30 years has introduced hundreds of youngsters to the world of theatre and dance, is preparing to launch its 33rd season.

By Mike Whalley
Monday, 27th June 2022, 3:55 pm

The Morecambe Summer School was founded by Elaine Jones and Cathy Lloyd with the aim of giving young talent from Morecambe and the surrounding areas the chance to share in the thrill of performance and theatre.

This year the school, from August 8-12, will feature routines and songs from several shows, including Newsies, Anything Goes, Encanto, Juliette, Beetlejuice and Frozen 2.

The week will end with a special show, staged by the youngsters, at the Morecambe Winter Gardens, sponsored by Florence Clarke.

Cathy Lloyd at a Morecambe Summer School awards ceremony.

Show times will be 5pm and 6pm on Friday, August 12, with tickets available at the Winter Gardens box office.

The youngsters, aged four to 19, will be taken through their paces by a team of professional teachers led by Gerry Zuccarello, who teaches at Laine Theatre Arts College.

Morecambe's Fiona Chadwick, former prima ballerina for the Royal Ballet, will bring her expertise to the school.

And the team also includes Greg Pichery, West End choreographer and performer; Julia Harrison-Jones and Karen Holmes, both West End performers; and Sharon Bell, theatre director.

More information can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

*Morecambe-born Fiona Chadwick began her training at the Sandham Fitchett school in Preston. She continued at the Royal Ballet School, and joined The Royal Ballet in 1978. She was promoted to Soloist in 1981 and Principal in 1984. She created the role of The Queen in Matthew Bourne’s production of Swan Lake, playing the part in both the West End and in the film.