Lucky 13 for Debbie’s dancers

Beth Moorby and Amy Windsor(right).
Beth Moorby and Amy Windsor(right).

YOUNG stars will be shining this week when they take to the stage for their dance academy’s annual show.

Members of the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts are set to put on their 13th production, called That’s Entertainment.

Young infant dancers pictured during the 'Venus tap dance'.

Young infant dancers pictured during the 'Venus tap dance'.

The variety-style show, being staged at Hartlepool’s Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, from tonight, promises “something for everyone”, says academy principal Debbie Barrass.

The event is being staged by a 100-strong cast with 18-month-olds Savannah Dagg and Olivia Leigh Abbott being the youngest to take to the stage.

Highlights include the academy’s own take on Lady Gaga, Sister Act, a burlesque section, The Nightmare Before Christmas and a tap version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Debbie, who runs a studio in Murray Street, Hartlepool, said: “It will attract everybody, there is something for all ages - all the way across the board.

Performers pictured during the dress rehearsal.

Performers pictured during the dress rehearsal.

“The members have been preparing for the show for the past three months and have all been working very hard.

“It’s going to be a brilliant show.”

Also performing on the night will be Debbie’s 19-year-old son, Sam Barrass.

Debbie says this will probably be Sam’s last show with her group before he goes off to pursue a music career.

'Nuns' pictured during the dress reharsal for the forthcoming performance.

'Nuns' pictured during the dress reharsal for the forthcoming performance.

“There are a lot of people interested in him in the industry and he is hoping to record an album,” she said.

It runs from tonight until Saturday, with performances at 6.30pm, and with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

Tickets cost £9 or £8 for concessions and are available from the theatre box office on (01429) 890000.