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What a Show


A show full of zip, zest and exuberance may not be unique, but when it comes in the form of a dance show by talented amateurs it becomes something very special. 

When the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal is filled with colour and over 250 dancers of all ages from the tiniest tots to adults it becomes even more impressive.   

Bright Lights of Broadway by the Hethersett based Yvonne School of Dance brought stunning costumes and spectacular show routines to the theatre. The onus was on modern shows such as Wicked, Hairspray and Chicago with the occasional tip of the hat to the halcyon days of musical theatre with routines from the Sound of Music, The King and I, Half a Sixpence and Carousel. 

The logistics of producing quick fire dance routines with a huge number of costume changes almost took this show into the realms of the unbelievable. Such was the slickness, however, that over 30 routines were crammed into two hours of first class entertainment with only a short half-time break to allow the dancers to regain their breath. 

The show was produced and choreographed by mother and daughter team Yvonne and Kirsty Cutting and it was the eleventh bi-ennial production staged by the dance school and the third at Norwich Theatre Royal. The show included many different forms of dance from modern and tap, through traditional to ballet and just about everything in between with the costumes being provided through money raised by a very active fund-raising committee. Many of the senior dances on stage have been with the school since they themselves were tots. One cast member , Victoria Ragan, has gained a part-scholarship to study at the Tiffany Theatre College from September.   

The show is very much a family affair with parents, husbands and wives filling backstage roles. This all adds to the obvious enjoyment and team spirit and the occasional faux pas by the younger members of the team only adds to the charm of a production that is a testimony of what can be achieved by highly talented local people. 

"We hope that the public enjoyed watching the show as much as we enjoyed preparing it. The show featured songs from many of the major musical theatre hits past and present, some of which will doubtless be familiar, while others may be new," Yvonne Cutting said.

Funds raised by a bucket collection after the two performances will go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photographs of the show will appear on the Yvonne School of Dance web site at

The Yvonne School of Dance has grown steadily from small beginnings 24 years ago. Today it is one of the leading dance schools in Norfolk. Over the years it has never lost sight of the aim to nurture the confidence, poise and talent of pupils.

"We strive always to ensure that dance is a happy and enriching experience for every pupil whatever stage they are at.

"All pupils follow an accredited exam syllabus throughout the year and we are very proud of our 100% success rate. Pupils also have opportunities to perform at a range of events including guest appearances, pantomime and stage shows both locally and in the West End. The school also takes part in the Lord Mayor's procession every summer in Norwich," Yvonne added.

One pupil, Victoria Ragan has successfully gained a part-scholarship to the Tiffany Theatre College in September.   

Routines from the 2008 show were as follows:

Routine Show
One Short Day Wicked
The Hard Knock Life Annie
Getting to Know You The King and I
March of the Siamese Children The King and I
As Long as You're Mine Wicked
The Big Dollhouse Hairspray
Lonely Goatherd The Sound of Music
I Can't Be Bothered Now Crazy For You
If The Rain's Got To Fall Half A Sixpence
Shadowland Lion King
I Just Can't Wait to be King Lion King
King of Pride Rock Lion King
I Can Do That A Chorus Line
Shakin' At The High School Hop Grease
Greased Lightnin' Grease


Opening Night The Producers
Doctor Jazz Jelly's Last Jam
Steam Heat Fosse
You'll Be in My Heart Tarzan
You'll Never Walk Alone Carousel
Part of Your World Little Mermaid
The Jam Jelly's Last Jam
Seasons of Love Rent
Belle Beauty and the Beast
Gaston Beauty and the Beast
Be Our Guest Beauty and the Beast
Hot Honey Rag Fosse
Bye Bye Blackbird Fosse
Razzle Dazzle Chicago
Welcome to the 60s Hairspray
Nicest Kids in Town Hairspray
You Can't Stop the Beat Hairspray

The Cast:

Tots: Maisie Beckett, Meghan Cannell, Sophie Chamberlain, Daisy Cotton, Rebecca Cracknell, Lily Farrow, Eley Gare, Lucy Gare, Jasmine Gill, Chelsea Goodrum, Rachel Green, Molly Hill, Rosie Jex, Ria Kejariwal, Leanna Krishnamoorthy, Madison Lambert, Hannah Lightwing, Thomas Martin, Evie Matthews, Lily Metcalf, Bethany Miller, Mim Montague, Juliette Moore, Lucy Morgan, Gabriella Percival, Molly Ryan, Caitlin Smith, Imogen Snowling, Joe Spencer, Megan Thomas, Emma Vandersluys, Ellen Whiting.

Primaries: Sara Adams, Elea Albery, Jenny Andrews, Emma Bayat, Elliot Booty, Sarah Brett, Millie Brooks, Amelia Broom, Jessica Cary, Elena Cason, Holly Chamberlain, Wiktoria Ciesia, Daisy Cuviello, Tara Daynes, Holly Dean, Phoebe Drew, Milly Fair, Jasmine Filby, Alex Fish, Kayleigh Gare, Bethan Greaves, Hannah Haistead, Madeleine Hayes, Leia Harrold, Millie Harrold, Maisie Hubbard, Alex Holmes, Bonnie Holmes, Pema Hostler, Amber Howells, Thomas Howells, Rebecca Ingham, Holly Jex, Freya Judkins, Jacob Kenworthy, Laura Kimmins, Lydia Kirby, Harriet Lee, Holly Marchant, Imogen Mardell, Samuel Martin, Lacey Mayes, Niamh Mills, Chloe Moore, Olivia Moore, Isobel Morgan, Gabrielle Nair, Eleanor Parsons, Megan Partner, Maisie Price, Millie Quinn, Chloe Sellors, Isabelle Sellors, Scarlett Smith, Liberty Snowling, Emily Spencer, Ashley Stovall, Charlotte Tebbutt, Madison Thomas, Leah Turner, Charlotte Walker, Lauren Wymark.

Juveniles: Niamh Adcock, Natasha Askew, Samantha Bailon, Eloise Baker, Bethany Bridgwood, Lucy Briggs, Ashlea Cane, Hayley Chalcraft, Libby Claxton, Danielle Clitheroe, Jemma Cooney, Jessica Dawson, Abigail Drew, Jessica Eldred, Annabel Fish, Kate Harvey, Theo Hinton, Catherine Jones, Sorcha Keane, Paige King, Rachel Lowe, Gemma Makin, Isabella Matthews Cooke, Lily Matthews Cooke, Emily Rash, William Reeder, Shaunna Reynolds, Eleanor Roffe, Rosie Ryan, Holly Seager, Georgia Smith, Kirsty Soanes, Emily Steadman, Isabella Tofts, Jessica White, Amy Wright.

Juniors - Georgina Armstrong, Alice Benstead, Georgia Batch, Emma Bunn, Nancy Bussey, Jemima Carr, Alice Charlish, Abbie Claxton, Holly Comb, Sam Comb, Sophie Cooke, Alice Corina, Helen Corina, Rachel Crockart, Lucy Cutmore, Hannah Davies, Paige Fox, Laura Frosdick, Amber Harrold, Eva Harrold, Kim Hazell, Rebecca Hazell, Alexandria Heywood, Samantha House, Kirsty Howard, Alice Howes, Lucy Howes, Charlotte Hudson Church, Felicia Hull, Luke Hull, Rachael Hustler, Eleanor John, Caitlin Johnston, Eve Kirkendall, Emma Larkowsky, Simon Larkowsky, Montana Lemmon, Alice Marier, Alic Matthews, Lauren Page, Carrie Payne, India Quinn, Sally Reeder, Stephanie Schiller, Lucy Sorrell, Elizabeth Sturman, Megan Sturman, Grace Tilford, Megan Tovey, Eleanor Townsend, Rosie Watts, Freya Tovey, Daisy Wyatt.

Intermediates - Hannah Armstrong, Lauren Bishop, Georgina Brooks, Rebecca Broom, Stephanie Broom, Lily Bussey, Daisy Cavell, Lauren Cooke, Rebecca Curson, Emma Denmark, George Finch, Shelley Forsdyke, Eleanor Freeman, Grace Hodge, Sara Holland, Molly Howes, Ellie Jermy, Chelsie Jolly, Rebekah Larner, Jessie Marler, Kirstie Orford, Sophie Pill, Lea Schiller. Francesca Self, Nicola Slaughter, Rebecca Turner, Rosie Van Raalte.

Seniors - Katie Anrews, Jessica Bode, Susan Chapman, Freya Cooper, Kirsty Cutting, Rachel Denmark, Rosie Dudley, Amy Harrison, Jonathan Hicks, Jacqueline Horsfield, Emma Jermy, Rebecca Jermy, Joanne Keane, Joe Larkowsky, Naomi Larner, Rebecca Molloy, Victoria Ragan, Phoebe Smedmor, Kirstin Tidy, Katie Wade, Katy Walker, Sarah Wild.

Adults - Sue Alden, Jo Allen, Laura Batch, Kerry Bode, Anne Cathersides, Sarah Cavell, Helen Dady, Sue Eldred, Elaine Finch, Beany Hazell, Karen Holland, Janice House, Angela Jermy, Maxine Molloy, Beverley Orford, Liz Quinn, Sally Richardson, Romy Simons, Louise Spencer, Nikki Tarrant, Cate Tovey, Susanne Williams, Sarah Wright.

Stage Crew - Stephen Cutting, Paul Cutting, Stuart Cooper, Kevin Jermy

Stage Assistants - Julie Cooke, Jane Freeman, Chris Larkowsky, Amanda Lowe, Kim Walker

Props - Sally Richardson and Stephen Cutting

Front of House: Andrew Chapman, Neil Harrison, Michael Wild, Tim Cooke, Kevin Jermy, Mark Finch

Wardrobe - Ivy Fashions, Laura Batch, Anne Cathersides, Susan Chapman, Teresa Cooper, Helen Dady, Rachel Howes, Angela Jermy, Sarah Johnston, Amanda Lowe, Maxine Molloy, Suzanne Partner, Sharon Watts, Nicola Wild.

Class Assistants - Katie Andrews, Rebecca Jermy

Fundraising Committee - Jo Batley, Kerry Bode, Anne Cathersides, Teresa Cooper, Stephen Cutting, Elaine Finch, Karen Holland, Angela Jermy, Sally Richardson, Bridget Tilford, Susanne Williams

Programme - Liz French Associates

Photography - Keith Neale

Past beneficiaries of the dance shows have included - Hethersett doctors' surgery, Muscular Dystrophy, Leukaemia Care, the Bertram Diabetes Centre, Wymondham Central Hall, The Clare School, Hethersett Jubilee Youth Centre, Quidenham Children's Hospice, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Special Baby Care Unit, Childline, EDP Abandoned Children Appeal, Big C Appeal, British Heart Foundation.

Not only did the bi-ennial performance at Norwich Theatre Royal by the Hethersett based Yvonne School of Dance provide excellent entertainment, it also raised over £900 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. A bucket collection was taken after the two performances of Bright Lights of Broadway and raised £937.87p. Two years ago a similar collection raised over £600 for the British Heart Foundation.


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Broadway Showtime

A touch of Broadwy glitz comes to Norwich Theatre Royal in May via Hethersett. 

Some of the greatest routines ever seen in musical theatre will be featured in the biennial show staged by the Hethersett based Yvonne School of Dance. 

Stunning costumes, colourful routines and family entertainment will be the order of the day for two shows on May 18th at 2.30 and 7 p.m. 

“The Bright Lights of Broadway” show is a labour of love for Hethersett’s mother and daughter team Yvonne and Kirsty Cutting. They do the lion’s share of the work for the show, choreographing it, matching the right performers to the right routines, and seeing the whole thing through 

The show will feature a wide age-range of performers from three to adult and will include routines from shows including Wicked, The Lion King and the classic Grease. 

It will also be an opportunity to see the West End stars of tomorrow. The Yvonne School of Dance has many students who go on to perfect their craft in later life – and some forge a successful career on stage. 

Tickets for the performances are priced from £5 to £13.50 and can be booked from the Theatre Royal box office on 01603 630000 or on-line at