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West End duo hit the town

From left: Leanne Pinder, Gabrielle Allen, Alicia Afonso, Ricardo Afonso and Austyn Farrell of the Afonso School of Performing Arts. Photo by Shoot Me Studios

From left: Leanne Pinder, Gabrielle Allen, Alicia Afonso, Ricardo Afonso and Austyn Farrell of the Afonso School of Performing Arts. Photo by Shoot Me Studios

The West End was brought to West Herts over the weekend, as a Berkhamsted performing arts school invited stars of the stage to run a workshop for budding performers.

The town’s Civic Centre was teaming with talent throughout Saturday’s event, which acted as a taster session to mark the opening of the area’s newest stage school, Afonso School of Performing Arts.

Run by West End professionals, husband and wife team Alicia and Ricardo Afonso, the project aims to create a fun, yet disciplined environment in which students can develop skills in dance, acting and singing.

With the duo’s credits including We Will Rock You, Chicago, Top Hat, Thriller Live and BBC’s The Voice, their latest vision is to produce future professionals and to create opportunities for students within the performing industry.

On Saturday, would-be candidates for the school were given the chance to work with award-winning talent such as Leanne Pinder, resident and assistant choreographer of both the West End and Broadway productions of Matilda the Musical, and Austyn Farrell who is currently starring in Thriller Live at the 
Lyric Theatre.

The day also marked the school’s first event in support of its charity of the year, the Pepper Foundation.

Afonso School of Performing Arts opens on September 1. For more information or to enrol your child aged four to 11, call 07912 615860 or visit 
afonsoschoolofpa.co.uk

The Afonsos are also hosting a Disney-themed summer school from August 18. Open to four to 11 year olds, the week-long activity will be held at Berkhamsted’s LangleyMeadow Youth Centre and costs £30 per day or £150 for the week, with discounts for siblings. Contact the school for more information.

 

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