Stone’s young stars shine during a week of shows at Mitchell Arts Centre


Students from Stone’s Rooftop Studios were busy showcasing their considerable talent last week, as the performing arts academy hosted an entire week’s worth of performances at Stoke’s Mitchell Arts Centre.

Two separate renditions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid by Little Stage Academy (3 – 6 year olds) and Junior PSSA (6 – 12 years) took place every day in the afternoon from Wednesday through to Saturday; with the youngest cast taking the stage at 2.30pm before the juniors trod the boards at 5pm. Evenings saw the theatre take over by the studio’s Stone Youth Theatre with two strong casts taking roles in the West End and Broadway classic ‘A Chorus Line’; clocking up two performances each over the four consecutive evenings.

With all shows drawing acclaim from audience members, studio director Laura Keeling is rightfully proud of her young performers, and says:

“We’ve had an absolutely brilliant half term. Each and every student, from 3 to 21, did us proud and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them, our brilliant teaching team and the parents who volunteered their time to work back stage and help with chaperoning duties. Without this combination of talent, hard work and commitment the show simply couldn’t go on.

“I’d also like to thank the Mitchell Arts Centre for once again providing a great venue that really feels like a home from home for our students. By immersing themselves in a week-long production at a real theatre, the youngsters get a feel for what life is like for professional performers and, given the amazing talent showcased in stage this week, there are certainly a good number of students who really have ‘what it takes’ to make it should they decide to follow this path. The studio is all about nurturing that talent and providing opportunities to perform wherever possible; right from the tiniest tots through to members of the Youth Theatre, who have to undergo a rigorous professional audition process to make the cast and add this valuable experience to their CV.”