Director recovers to bring show to stage

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  • Artistic director makes full recovery
  • ‘The Show Must Go On’ proved popular last week
  • Performances incuded “Maybe” from Annie and “You’re Timeless to Me” from Hairspray

The show will indeed go on for Deeside Youth Musical Theatre as their artistic director makes a full recovery following surgery.

Artistic director and choreographer, Nan Keen, is back to health after an operation earlier this year and ready to lead the group through their next show.

She was able to be present last week at the performance of ‘The Show Must Go On’ and said: “The youngsters have done me proud and I was thoroughly entertained by the show.”

Prior to the show, Nan went backstage to wish the cast all the best and she received a resounding cheer from everyone.

The evening was a chance for the performers to showcase their incredible talent and the absence of Nan meant that some of the older members had to try their hand at choreography.

The evening began with the return of Bugsy Malone played with aplomb by Bob O’Reilly- Mclean in what was, sadly, his last performance with the group. He then went on to play Wilbur opposite Edna, played by Craig Giblin, in a hilarious rendition of You’re Timeless to Me, taken from Hairspray.

New talent was discovered during the evening in the form of Callum Geddes with his own version of “Budapest” on keyboard with vocals and Katie Hendry, one of the youngest members, who confidently sang a heart-melting performance of “Maybe” from the musical Annie. Evie Cumming, sang a beautiful rendition of Ordinary Fool, from Bugsy, while Emily Marshall sang a note perfect ‘Colours of the Wind’ from the Disney film Pocahontas.

Merryn Thomson performed Fame’s ‘These are my Children’ and Jessica McKay and Craig Giblin performed two beautiful numbers from Les Miserables.

A number of performers took to the stage with renditions from Grease.

The entire company gave it their all on stage with a huge range of talent on display from complex dance routines to tear-jerking solos.

DYMT is a youth musical theatre group for young people aged between 11-17. They stage a show around March each year and will hold auditions in June for new talent.