Little Starz are shining

The students from the Little Starz Dance Academy receiving their Summer School certificates, they are (back from left) Naoimh Murray- Welfare Officer, Michael Purdy, Sophie McConaghy, Aine Haughian, Dixie-Joe McNally, Erin McConville, Sarah Kelly, Laura McConville, Rachel McGeown, Alyssa Canavan, Clare Warburton, Louise Fahey (Academy Director) (FRONT ROW L-R) Ronan Purdy, Cara McSherry, Dearbhla Smyth, hSade Armstrong, Lana Doyle, Luke French, Bronagh Graham, Ellen McAllinden, Evie Moore, Erin Haughey, Lucy Douglas-Calvert. INLM3611-912dmg
The students from the Little Starz Dance Academy receiving their Summer School certificates, they are (back from left) Naoimh Murray- Welfare Officer, Michael Purdy, Sophie McConaghy, Aine Haughian, Dixie-Joe McNally, Erin McConville, Sarah Kelly, Laura McConville, Rachel McGeown, Alyssa Canavan, Clare Warburton, Louise Fahey (Academy Director) (FRONT ROW L-R) Ronan Purdy, Cara McSherry, Dearbhla Smyth, hSade Armstrong, Lana Doyle, Luke French, Bronagh Graham, Ellen McAllinden, Evie Moore, Erin Haughey, Lucy Douglas-Calvert. INLM3611-912dmg

AFTER a six week summer scheme, youngsters at the Little Starz Academy show cased their talents to parents, friends and guests in St Peter’s Parish Hall.

Students performed songs from musicals such as ‘Wicked and ‘Annie’, along with numbers from the US TV hit show, ‘Glee’.

Dixie-Joe Mcnally, Rachel Mcgeown, Sarah Kelly, Alyssa Canavan, Sophie McConaghy and Erin MConville (front) - Seniors Performing "Forget you"  By Cee Lo Green. INLM3611-911dmg

Dixie-Joe Mcnally, Rachel Mcgeown, Sarah Kelly, Alyssa Canavan, Sophie McConaghy and Erin MConville (front) - Seniors Performing "Forget you" By Cee Lo Green. INLM3611-911dmg

All have proven to be very popular with the students and amazed the captivated audience who attended the end of summer showcase.

Louise Fahey, Director at the Academy, said she was very proud of all students involved

“I’m delighted to have achieved such success in my new venture in opening up my first drama school here in Lurgan,” she said.

“I am so lucky to have such talented and committed young performers, who work so hard.

The Little Starz tots performing "Tomorrow" from hit musical - Annie (L-R) Ronan Purdy, Cara McSherry, Dearbhla Smyth, Bronagh Graham, Lana Doyle, Lucy Douglas-Calvert, Ellen McAlinden, Evie Moore, Erin Haughey. INLM3611-910cdmg

The Little Starz tots performing "Tomorrow" from hit musical - Annie (L-R) Ronan Purdy, Cara McSherry, Dearbhla Smyth, Bronagh Graham, Lana Doyle, Lucy Douglas-Calvert, Ellen McAlinden, Evie Moore, Erin Haughey. INLM3611-910cdmg

I am over the moon with how tonight went. It just proves if you put the work in, you will and can achieve success.”

Miss Fahey also announced that she will be opening another branch of the Academy in Keady this January.

The Academy have been invited to perform at the switching-on of the Christmas lights this November in the town centre.

“I am so proud and honoured,” said Miss Fahey.

“The Academy is in the early stages of success, so it is nice to know our professionalism and talents have been recognised with a chance to perform on such a grand scale. We are all very excited.”

After a successful summer school, Little Starz Academy will now be opening on a permanent basis for their autumn term, starting on Thursday, September 15, at St Peter’s Parish.

Miss Fahey has 15 years of experience and training in the performing arts sector, from the London West End to TV and Film projects.

Miss Fahey paid tribute to Welfare Officer and Drama Coach at The Academy, Naoimh Murray from Newtownhamilton, who is said to have been a great asset to the school.

Sinn Fein Councillor Johnny McGibbon, who attended the event, said: “I was delighted to be invited to this excellent event.

“The talent displayed by the kids in the Little Starz academy at the end of summer performance is a credit to the hard work they have put in over the last six weeks.

“All the parents, friends and family in attendance were treated to an excellent display of song and dance, and full credit must go to Louise and Naoimh for their work with the children.

“I wish them all every success in the future, and look forward to their big performance at the Lurgan Christmas Lights switch on in a few months’ time.”

Limited places left for the autumn term. To enrol your child and more information, contact Louise on 07547 806 388 or via e-mail littlestrazacademy@yahoo.co.uk.

Tiny Tots class for ages 4-7 years is from 5pm-6pm and Seniors Class for ages 8-18 years is from 6pm-8pm.

Classes will be held in St.Peter’s Parish Hall, North Street, Lurgan.