Footstorm show is a real family affair

TOP TRIO: Left to right, Val Armstrong, her daughter Hollie Sorelle McCully and Val's son, Zac Healey, who will co-produce Footstorm, which will be performed at the Town Hall Theatre, in Hartlepool, next month

TOP TRIO: Left to right, Val Armstrong, her daughter Hollie Sorelle McCully and Val's son, Zac Healey, who will co-produce Footstorm, which will be performed at the Town Hall Theatre, in Hartlepool, next month

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A FAMILY is coming together to put on a spectacular show.

Rehearsals are now underway for the production of Footstorm. It will celebrate the “phenomenal success and achievements” at the Hartlepool-based Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts in 2014, said the academy’s owner Val Armstrong.

Val is teaming up with her daughter and co-principal Hollie Sorelle McCully and son Zac Healey to co-produce and choreograph the show.

Val can boast more than 30 years in the dance profession.

Zac is both the choreographer and member of the Hartlepool street dance crew Ruff Diamond. He also runs the Urban Rockz Dance Academy, which is based in Whitby Street South, in the town.

Val’s daughter Hollie is a top dancer who has performed in shows including a UK tour of Beauty and the Beast as well as appearing in Guys and Dolls, Cinderella, and Peter Pan. She was asked to dance at the London Palladium in a charity gala performance in 2013.

Val described the Footstorm production as “150 students showcasing their talent in all aspects of dance, featuring some musical theatre favourites”.

They will include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Lion King, Anything Goes and some “breath taking acrobatic, tap and hip hop arrangements,” said Val. She added: “Advanced ticket sales have gone through the roof and broke records this year.

“This is a production not to be missed, and rehearsals are going very well.”

The academy will be supporting Zoe’s Baby Hospice, which is based in Middlesbrough. The performance of Footstorm will be at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, from Tuesday, February 10, to Saturday, February 14. Shows are held at 6.30pm each night, with a 1.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £9 with concessions. They are available from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre, in Church Square, or by calling (01429) 890000.