Worthing shoppers were treated to an impromptu performance by talented drama students from Ariel Drama Academy last Saturday (January 25th). Montague Place came alive with dance, singing and acting as an Ariel flashmob left surprised shoppers, smiling and tapping their feet.
The children, aged between 5 to 19 had choreographed the piece along with their tutors to raise money for the Angus Rowland ForgetMeNot Fund. Angus died of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia, aged just 14 and a half. This type of blood cancer can be very hard to treat in teenagers and Ariel has been raising funds to aid research as many of Angus’s friends and classmates attend Ariel’s original drama academy in Burgess Hill.
Worthing was selected for the fun, fundraising stunt as it is the location of Ariel’s new drama academy, which will open its doors on February 22nd at Worthing College.
Ariel’s Principal Nicci Hopson said, “It was fantastic to see the students perform with such energy and enthusiasm. People’s faces lit up and they were very generous. I am so proud of the students and we are delighted to be opening our fifth Academy in Worthing”.
Ariel has developed a reputation for providing excellent performance training for young people. Friendly and inclusive, students receive training in drama, song and dance. Working with exceptional tutors, children can express themselves in a positive, safe and fun environment. As well as learning many theatrical skills, students benefit from improved self-confidence, learn to work as a team and build self-esteem. Regular workshops, showcases and high quality productions provide a platform for exhibiting their talents.
The next Ariel Company Theatre production will be Miss Saigon; the epic love story tells the tale of orphaned bar girl Kim who falls in love with American GI Chris, as Saigon dramatically falls around them.
Following a sell-out run in 2012, when Ariel was the first youth company to perform the show, Ariel is excited to bring back the show, this time to Horsham’s Capitol Theatre from March 11th to 15th. This will be the final performance by any theatre group prior to the show’s much anticipated return to the West End.