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Issue:- 3 October 2013

Escape to Neverland with Liverpool Empire Youth Ballet's debut production of Peter Pan


THE latest project from the Liverpool Empire's Creative Learning Department flies onto the stage next week in a full scale dance production of Peter Pan.

The project is choreographed by Liverpool Empire's newest member of the Creative Learning department, Lauren Taylor. A Laban trained dancer and choreographer, and fully qualified ballet teacher, Lauren said:- "As the Stage Experience productions have been so successful in the past, I wanted to create something of the same calibre solely for dance. It's a unique opportunity for enthusiastic dancers to gain professional performance experience and they get to experience what real professional auditions and rehearsals feel like, as well as performing on stage."

The Empire Performing Arts Group provide opportunities for young people to work with professionals in a professional environment, preparing them for the world of work within the theatre industry and many of those involved go on to pursue professional careers in performing arts. Some of those who are involved in the Youth Theatre Group have secured places at some of the best drama schools in the country.

Rehearsals are well underway for next week's performances. The dancers have learnt about abstract movement and mime as well as ballet technique. The young performers have enjoyed creative workshops that encourage them to develop their own material; a lot of which has been worked into the production.

Liverpool Empire's Youth Ballet production of Peter Pan is suitable for all the family and promises to be easy to follow. Lauren said:- "It's the perfect introduction to ballet for all ages. For a lot of people watching, it will be their first experience of ballet so we wanted to make sure it was enjoyable for everyone."

Natalie Flynn, Creative Learning Manager at the Empire, said:- "We're absolutely delighted to be presenting this unique interpretation of Peter Pan through the Empire's Creative Learning department. It's another exciting development for the department which continues to go from strength to strength and will once again provide a fantastic platform for the talented young performers from the region."

Peter Pan is a magical tale of swashbuckling adventure where Wendy and her brothers help Peter Pan, Tinkerbelle and the lost boys fight against Captain Hook in a land where children are heroes!

Performance Details:-

Wednesday, 9 October 2013, 7pm.

Thursday, 10 October 2013, 7pm.

The theatre and promoters are stressing that this is an armature production!

Ticket costs for the shows are as follows:- £17 and with an ATG Theatre Card you receive £2 off!!!

To book visit the Liverpool Empire Box Office, call:- 0844 871 3017 or buy online.

Limehouse Lizzy 2013 tour

READERS take note!!! Limehouse Lizzy are officially one of the hardest working bands in the UK. They were accredited for their live shows by the Performing Rights Society last year, and received their certificate from PRS Chairman (and respected songwriter) Guy Fletcher OBE.

Renowned for an action-packed pyrothechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore who sadly passed away last year.

Attention to detail, playful audience interaction and that all important X-factor that leaves you with the feeling of witnessing the real thing have led to their performance being described as "beyond tribute", by both audience and critics alike.

Following the enormous success of their ˜Live & Dangerous" and ˜Dedication" tours, the band embarked upon their "Into the Limelight" tour to tie in with their appearance on an episode of BBC2's 'Arena' documentary series of the same name. The tour travelled as far as a headline slot at a Rock festival in Greece, and the Virgin Atlantic Music festival in Barbados. The band appeared alongside diverse world music acts, and played a Thin Lizzy set representing the celtic rock genre.

In 2013 the band's European tour continues to explore and celebrate the artistic and musical legacy of the hard-living, hard-rocking, yet at times surprisingly tender and romantic artist that was Philip Lynott. The band have just completed a mammoth jaunt across mainland Europe this summer, and have travelled through seven countries whilst breaking new territories with their first shows in Denmark and the Czech Republic.

Expect more of the Celtic influenced tracks like:- "Whisky in the Jar" and "Black Rose", amongst the usual razzamatazz and classic tracks:- "The Boys are Back in Town", "Sarah" and many others we've come to expect from one of the most highly rated acts on the circuit.

Limehouse Lizzy play the Limehouse Lizzy at Eric's, Mathew Street, Liverpool on the 31 October 2013. Call the venue box office on:- 0151 236 9994 for further details, or tickets are also available online.

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