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By Maria Gregoriou

Can you act? Do you dance? Can you carry a tune? If you have basic knowledge of one or more of these performing arts this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge and meet others with the same interests.

This will happen during a musical theatre workshop from the Weekend Stage School in collaboration with artists from the Pineapple Performing Art School London, at the Russian Cultural Centre in Nicosia.

The workshop, followed by live performance by all participants on Sunday at 6.30pm, will combine dance, theatre, singing and performance styling over the course of the two days and will be taught by industry professionals with experience in London West End shows.

The dance part of the workshop will be taught by British choreographer Ryan Jenkins. Jenkins appeared as an original cast member in the musical Wicked in the West End. He also performed in Swan Lake, Grease and Cabaret, as well as having a role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s movie Phantom of the Opera.

If you have been following the UK reality show So You Think You Can Dance, then you would have seen Jenkins as one of the finalists. Then again, if you are a fan of the show Glee, you will be interested to find out that the choreographer has produced and been the artistic director of a musical theatre version of the show.

Jenkins is an international creative director and choreographer who has travelled around the world to train dancers and pass on his passion for the art.

On the theatre and musical side of the workshop are Wayne Fitzsimmons and Anna Williams.

Fitzsimmons started acting at a young age when he appeared in a production of the Sound of Music. This appearance ignited a passion in him for musical theatre and led him to take part in youth theatre groups.

In 2011 his star really did begin to shine when he stood in for Joan Collins as Queen Rat in Dick Whittington. This appearance was followed by a lead role in Priscilla Queen of The Desert.

And the list goes on to include a part in Guys and Dolls on the West End next to Patrick Swayze, a part in Chicago opposite Ruthie Henshall at the Cambridge Theatre and he was also a part of the ensemble for the musical Greece during its UK and European tour.

Williams is a theatre school principal and musical theatre teacher who has been in the business of training professionally since she was ten, when she enrolled in the Sylvia Young Theatre School.

After completing her training at the London Studio Centre, Williams has worked for names such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, and in various performances at The Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium, among others.

This workshop is part of a new educational concept organised by the Weekend Stage School, which will be running such training initiatives on specific weekends in different venues. Each workshop will have a different concept and it will be taught by experienced and successful artists and performers from different fields. After each workshop a cultural event will be held so that all those involved can receive a complete and unique artistic experience.

So if you are rearing to go and get some theatrical, musical and dance experience from people who really are in show business then this weekend is your chance

Dance, Act, Sing, Perform in 48 Hours
A musical theatre workshop. January 24-25. Russian Cultural Centre, 16 Alassias Street, Nicosia. 9.30am-5.30pm. €135. Book online at www.soldouttickets.com.cy or call 99-464494 or 70-007705. The cost of for the workshop includes a DVD of the show to be performed and you will also receive a certificate of participation.

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