Swindon pupils perform for Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Paris

By Jessica Durston - 14 July 2022

  • Year 8 students Amelia Gadd and Zeccai Wallace with Lawn Manor Academy students

    Year 8 students Amelia Gadd and Zeccai Wallace with Lawn Manor Academy students

Pupils from Lawn Manor Academy took to the stage at Disneyland Paris, having been shortlisted to perform a special routine for the Disney Performing Arts Team.

Year 11 student Indiana Parsons with Lawn Manor Academy students

The Disney Performing Arts OnStage programme is said to give amateur groups the opportunity of a lifetime to demonstrate their talents and experience the thrill of performing live on a magical Disney stage.

40 Lawn Manor Academy pupils got a glimpse into Disney’s professional world of entertainment and gave a 20-minute performance to the Disney crowds.

The performers from Lawn Manor Academy were from Years 7 to 11, and showcased their talents with a combination of rock ‘n’ roll and musical theatre, to modern day song and dance.

Lawn Manor Head of Dance, Natasha Dixon, orchestrated the opportunity to take part.

She said: “We had to audition via video to Disney, which consisted of a three-minute group dance and each soloist submitted a song.  Disney has a very strict audition process, so we had to pay close attention to comply with the rules.  Waiting for the outcome of the audition was the longest three weeks I’ve had in a while!”

She added: “For some of our students this trip to Paris is the first time outside of the UK and there’s been a real buzz in the air.  They have counted down the days like it’s Christmas come early; there’s no greater prize for them than to be able to perform on an international stage.”

Pupils also got the chance to take part in a dance and musical theatre workshop led by Disney professionals.

Lawn Manor Academy is part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust.

More information about the secondary school, can be found online at www.lawnmanor.org


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