A Shropshire mother has spoken of her pride after seeing two of her daughters perform in front of hundreds of people at the county’s ‘School Games Has Got Talent’ showcase.
Amanda Freeman, from Bridgnorth, has seen both Maisie and Polly take to the stage at the Shrewsbury Sports Village event.
The search is now under way for another batch of talented Shropshire youngsters to showcase their skills at the next primary School Games festival on July 3 – the deadline for entries is April 27.
Maisie performed Part of Your World from Disney musical The Little Mermaid as a nine-year-old back in 2016, while 10-year-old Polly sang Journey From The Past from the musical Anastasia at the most recent primary schools festival, last month.
Both were pupils at Castlefields Primary School in Bridgnorth at the time.
Amanda said: “The experience for both Maisie and Polly was invaluable. Although neither of them are strangers to the stage and performing, these were their biggest audiences to date, so it was a fantastic opportunity for both of them.”
“The games offered a perfect platform to see if they had the confidence to do this under any circumstances, as not only were the audiences huge, they were their age – which can be much more daunting.”
Maisie and Polly have now signed up with award-winning children’s theatre company Stagebox, in London, and Amanda said she wanted to thank the games organisers for the ‘wonderful opportunity’.
Harry Cade, engagement manager for education and families at county sports partnership Energize which co-ordinates the event, said: “We’ve had some truly amazing acts perform at our opening ceremonies.
“This year we want to continue to help celebrate the amazing talent that exists within Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, and once again provide them with the platform to perform in front of a large audience.”
The invitation is open to budding singers and bands, talented dancers, magicians, or any other kind of talented entertainers from local schools and clubs.
To enter the competition, acts can send an online video link of their performance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or they can post a DVD to Harry Cade, School Games Has Got Talent, Energize, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ.
Performances should last no longer than five minutes. For more details, and to request an application form, contact the Energize team on 01743 297192, call Harry Cade on 07539 377701, or see www.energizestw.org.uk.
Pictured: Polly and Maisie Freeman performing in front of hundreds of people at Schools Games Has Got Talent, during the opening ceremony of events at Shrewsbury Sports Village.