Dancing Dreams Come True For Gielgud Pupils
Eight fortunate pupils of the (GAPA) were given the opportunity to dance in three performances of the Nutcracker with the Vienna Festival Ballet (VFB) on their UK tour. The international renowned ballet company invited the children to dance in the opening prologue scene where they played the roles of children at a Christmas Eve party, set in the Victorian era.
GAPA Principal Suzanne Gielgud explains “Our relationship with the Vienna Festival Ballet is very strong because both myself and fellow GAPA Principal Piers Gielgud danced with the Company during our professional ballet careers. The Director’s Peter and Gill Mallek were only too pleased to see history come full circle by having our pupils perform with the Company.”
The matinee and evening performances on November 25th were at the Chequer Mead Theatre in East Grinstead and on 27th at the Martlets Hall in Burgess Hill. The lucky children, whose dancing dreams came true were Kerry McCarthy (age 13), Isabelle Hateley (age 11) and Isaac Mack (age 9) from Haywards Heath, James Dunford (age 12) from Balcombe, Lily Longhurst (age 11) from Horsham, Iris Dyson (age 9) from Danehill, Lauren Keetley (age 10) from East Grinstead and Isobel Charman (age 11) from Itchingfield.
The Artistic Director of the Company Peter Mallek told Suzanne afterwards “The GAPA kids are always a pleasure to have onstage with VFB”. GAPA pupil Lauren Keetley said “It was so exciting to dance with the real ballerinas onstage and afterwards we were all given a little Nutcracker as a present. I’m going to hang mine on my Christmas tree every year so I never forget this amazing experience.”