Centre Stage School of Dance and Performing Arts presented cheques to two charities at their final performance of ‘The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’ at Lighthouse Theatre, Poole recently.
The Dance and Performing Arts school staged its largest and most ambitious production to date, securing the rights from the CS Lewis estate.
Zoe Mather, Centre Stage Principal and Artistic Director, said, “Following the huge success of our last two productions, we wanted to raise the bar even further and put on a bigger and more lavish production that reflected the ambition, professionalism and talent of everyone at Centre Stage.
Putting on the show at Lighthouse, not only allowed us a bigger stage to showcase what we do but also gave us the opportunity to invite a wider audience to enjoy this wonderful family production. I think everyone agreed it was an inventive and highly theatrical production, with lots of surprises.”
The ambitious production involved all 400 students (ranging in age from 2 to 19) and was staged over two days, with money from fundraising activities throughout the year going to Centre Stage’s two chosen charities: Poole Scanner Appeal and Cancer Research UK.
Zoe Mather, Principal and Artistic Director of Centre Stage, presented a cheque for £2,000 to James Dixon-Box, of Cancer Research UK and £3,000 to Stuart Dean of Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust
Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust, known as the Poole Scanner Appeal, is an independent charity which raises money to purchase equipment or the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer. It is hoped the scanner will be installed and treating patients later this year.
Centre Stage is now in the process of choosing a new charity for the year ahead and planning fundraising activities to continue to support worthwhile causes.