Frozen, Mary Poppins and The King and I to feature in performing arts show

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A performing arts academy is putting on a show which has something for everyone.

The Edith Harrison Performing Arts group is under way with its three night run of A Complete Package.

It runs each night until Friday and Edith described it as “a variety show of song, dance and drama. Everything that belongs in performing arts.”

All sorts of dance styles are being displayed in the production which features 52 members of the cast aged from four upwards.

It also features songs from the musicals such as Frozen, Mary Poppins and The King And I.

Shows begin at 7pm each evening and last until around 9.30pm.

It is a variety show of songs, dance and drama. It is everything that belongs in performing arts

Academy founder Edith Harrison added: “Rehearsals have gone really well and the students have worked so hard for this. They have done really well.”

Edith has been qualified as a dance teacher since she was 16 and joined the Hartlepool School of Dance and Drama when Winnie Warnes was principal and the line-up of teachers included Freda Compton and Lillian Pinkney.

Eventually, Edith took over the Hartlepool School of Dance and Drama and became the principal.

Then, after a period of ten years working as a nanny, she joined the town’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society and became the choreographer. She held a similar post at English Martyrs for 15 years.

Then, in 2003, she started up her own school.

It stages fantastic shows and the latest is described as entertainment for all ages.

Tickets are £8 for adults, £7 with concessions and for children.

These are busy times for Edith who has just returned from a Buckingham Palace tea party.

The 79-year-old got the invitation after being involved in the town dance and stage scene since she was three.

She and her son Thomas David Harison, 54, attended the party where the royal presence included the Queen; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; the Prince of Wales Prince Charles; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

lFor details of A Complete Package, contact the theatre box office on (01429) 890000.